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Finding out you or a loved one have cancer is a scary thing, but we know this – the earlier you find out, the better. Early cancer detection greatly increases a person’s survival odds. That is why it can be so devastating to find out that your cancer should have been discovered earlier, but a healthcare professional failed to diagnose it.

What are your options if something like this happens? Is it medical malpractice or just how medicine works?

When you need a Philadelphia failure to diagnose and treat cancer attorney, you can count on the Weitz Firm to be by your side.

How It Happens

Cancer, in its various forms, is second leading cause of death in the United States. Combine the 600,000 annual cancer deaths with the 250,000 deaths that happen because of medical mistakes in this country and we have a situation that is not good.

Early detection of cancer is so important.  The American Cancer Society says that “some cancers can be found early, before they have had a chance to grow and spread.”

But what happens if you find out that a doctor did not diagnose your cancer early, even though they had all the information they needed?

If this happens, it means you may have lost valuable treatment time. The longer it takes to diagnose cancer means that a patient will likely have to undergo more aggressive forms of treatment. This is hard, both physically and financially.

It can also mean that a person loses their life.

Johns Hopkins researchers tell us that diagnostic errors account for the largest fraction of medical malpractice claims and cause the most harm to patients.

Consider this – cancer treatments can cost more than $100,000 per year, a number that goes up depending on how aggressive the treatment needs to be. But think beyond the monetary costs and to the emotional costs. Cancer is hard on everyone, from family to friends. An early diagnosis and treatment plan can extend the time a person get to spend with their loved ones.

Careless or negligent doctors rob people of both their time and their money.

Whether a doctor was in a hurry and failed to perform necessary tests or simply misread charts and tests, they need to be held accountable for their mistakes.

What Happens Now?

At The Weitz Firm, we are by your side. We know how difficult of a time you are going through and we want to help. There is no reason you should have to be in financial jeopardy because a healthcare professional was negligent in their duties. Early detection of cancer gives a person valuable time they need to beat the disease, but you or a loved one were robbed of that opportunity. When you need a failure to diagnose and treat cancer attorney in Philadelphia, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240. We will work to secure the compensation you deserve.

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