On behalf of The Weitz Firm, LLC on Friday, November 23, 2018 Posted in Failure to diagnose and treat cancer.
We now know that a North Carolina Congressman is working on new legislation to allow soldiers to sue the government under certain conditions of medical malpractice.
Under the Feres Doctrine, active duty military personnel are barred from suing the government in cases of medical malpractice. Even if a mistake is made that dramatically alters a service member’s life, they are left with no recourse options.
That may change now that Rep. Richard Hudson is looking into the case of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal.
Last year, doctors at Womack Army Medical Center did not diagnose the cancer that was developing in his body when they took a CT scan. Six months later, a civilian doctor discovered the mistake. The delayed treatment allowed the tumor to aggressively grow and spread.
Stayskal is not fighting for his life as he battles stage four terminal cancer.
At the Weitz Firm, this is something we see all too often. If you need a Philadelphia failure to diagnose and treat cancer attorney, you can count on our team to be by your side.
What Can Happen
Cancer is the number two killer in the United States, just behind heart disease.
Do you know what number three is?
They kill over 250,000 people a year and one of the main mistakes that are made is a misdiagnosis. In fact, diagnostic errors happen often and are the leading cause of severe patient harm according to Johns Hopkins researchers.
When it comes to cancer, the consequences of a delayed diagnosis and treatment can be severe. If a cancer has more time to spread, the eventual treatment will likely be much harsher on the body that it would have been with an early diagnosis. In many cases, a delayed diagnosis will lead to death.
It is important that doctors perform all necessary tests and properly interpret them. They should be aware of what different cancer symptoms look like and, in the even they are unsure, should refer a patient to an oncologist for more specialized tests.
According to the World Health Organization, “Diagnosing cancer in the late stages, and the inability to provide treatment, condemns many people to unnecessary suffering and early death.”
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one have been suffered because of a failure to diagnose cancer, you need to consider seeking legal assistance. At the Weitz Firm, our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys are ready to take your case. We know that the consequences of missing a cancer diagnosis can lead to irreparable harm to a patient. Not only will it allow time for the cancer to spread, but it can lead to grueling treatment once a diagnosis is discovered.
We will work to secure the compensation you deserve for this mistake, from medical expenses to pain and suffering damages. When you need a Philadelphia failure to diagnose and treat cancer attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.