Is Cancer Misdiagnosis Considered Medical Malpractice?

Depending on the circumstances, the misdiagnosis of a serious illness like cancer can cause serious harm or wrongful death, if the illness progresses beyond effective treatment. Often, failure to diagnose cancer is the most serious type of misdiagnosis case. In this video, attorney Patrick Regan explains the different types of cases he has and answers the question: when is cancer misdiagnosis considered medical malpractice?
A misdiagnosis case is a situation where a patient, for instance, should have been diagnosed with a serious illness, and it’s not diagnosed in time. So, for a good example is, the failure to diagnose cancer. That’s a misdiagnosis case. If the physician should have diagnosed the cancer a year earlier, maybe by ordering an MRI. but didn’t order the test. Or, the test was ordered and it wasn’t interpreted correctly. And as a result, the patient’s condition was not diagnosed for a year, that’s a misdiagnosis case. The law firm has handled a substantial number of misdiagnosis cases in medical malpractice situations. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a fair number of breast cancer cases. Where the physicians have either not ordered mammograms or the mammograms have been misread, and, as a result, the patient’s underlying condition goes undiagnosed for several years. I’ve also seen failure to diagnose prostate cancer cases. Failure to diagnose lung cancer cases. Failure to diagnose brain cancer when MRIs aren’t ordered. Those are examples of misdiagnosis cases. For more information, go to Or, call (202) 753-4272.