Preszler Injury Lawyers Help Misdiagnosed Cancer Patient Get Compensation
With the help of Preszler Injury Lawyers BC, a cancer patient whose terminal illness was misdiagnosed as back pain was awarded compensation after a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our client was described by the judge presiding over this case as a “person of great courage who has endured enormous medical challenges in her young life.”
Despite having a history of cancer, our client’s family doctor failed to recognize that her persistent back pain was, indeed, a large cancerous mass on her back. Indeed, even when the patient asked her doctor if her pain could be cancer-related, the doctor dismissed her fears, believing she simply had facet joint irritation. The patient, who had completed treatment for her cancer a year before her chronic back pain begin, was advised by her doctor to stretch, do core-strengthening exercises, and take ibuprofen.
Despite seeing her physician eight times in nine months, the real cause of our client’s back pain was not diagnosed until it was far too late. Even after her pain had become so severe that she had to be admitted to the emergency room, the patient was prescribed medication for the pain, but its root cause remained misdiagnosed.
It was only during a routine check-up with the BC Cancer Agency that an inoperable, 13-centimeter cancerous mass was discovered on our client’s back. The mass was not detected by her doctor several months earlier when he examined the results of a CT scan the patient had undergone. But upon re-examination, at the time the CT scan was performed, the mass on her back had already grown to 5 centimeters in size.
The misdiagnosis our client received ruined her chance of recovery. If the mass had been identified and removed when her symptoms first began, her prognosis might have improved. Instead, her life expectancy is now estimated to be between three to five years.
Furthermore, even if doctors were unable to operate on the mass before it had grown larger, our client’s quality of life would have been markedly less painful and distressing. Instead, she was forced to endure unnecessary, ongoing, severe pain, all because of a doctor’s failure to properly investigate and diagnose the source of her pain.
By working with Preszler Injury Lawyers BC, our client was able to prove the correlation between her physician’s negligence and her own undue suffering. As a result, she was awarded compensation for damages, as well as recovery costs for healthcare services she was required to pay for out-of-pocket.
No one should be forced to suffer because of a doctor’s inability to meet the professional standards they owe to their patients. If you have been adversely impacted by a doctor’s negligence, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers BC to learn about options that might be available to you.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Patients implicitly trust that medical professionals attending to them will deliver the highest quality of medical attention and care. They do so because healthcare providers are held to impeccably high professional standards. No one expects their medical condition to worsen or to sustain new medical complaints because of their healthcare provider’s negligence.
Unfortunately, in some instances, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare providers deliver a substandard quality of medical care. And when this happens, the patients who have placed their trust in their physician can suffer undue physical harm, emotional distress, and financial hardship.
If a healthcare provider delivers a substandard level of care and a patient’s medical condition worsens as a result, the at-fault medical professional may be considered negligent. Common examples of medical malpractice that could cause patients to develop worsened medical conditions include:
- Misdiagnosing an injury or illness
- Unnecessary surgery
- Surgical errors
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory test results
- Disregarding the patient’s medical history
- Failing to sterilize medical equipment
- Prescribing improper medication or incorrect dosages
- And more
How a BC Medical Malpractice Lawyer May Be Able to Assist You
If your medical condition worsened after receiving negligent medical care, or if your healthcare provider’s errors caused you to sustain additional medical complaints, you may be entitled to compensation. By working with our BC medical malpractice lawyers, you might be able to prove that:
- Your healthcare provider did not meet the standard of care.
- After receiving medical treatment in breach of the regular standard of care, you sustained compensable injuries.
- The injuries you sustained were the result of the healthcare provider’s negligence.
By providing thorough, compelling medical evidence, our medical malpractice lawyers serving all of British Columbia might be able to establish the correlation between your newly acquired medical condition and your healthcare provider’s negligence. In doing so, our BC medical malpractice lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for damages you have incurred as a result of your condition. These might include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation costs
- Ongoing medical care/in-home care
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Adjusted living expenses
- Punitive damages
- And possibly more
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Just like people in any other profession, doctors do occasionally make mistakes. Not all errors made by healthcare providers are reasonable grounds for a medical malpractice claim. However, it can be proven that your physician’s wrongful conduct was negligent and that you suffered unnecessarily as a result of that negligence, our medical malpractice lawyers serving all of British Columbia may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Even if you are unsure of whether your doctor’s error constituted negligence, consider taking advantage of a free initial consultation with our BC medical malpractice lawyers. During a cost-free, no-obligation first meeting with Preszler Injury Lawyers BC, you will have the opportunity to review the details of your case and learn about options for financial recovery that might be available to you.
To learn more, contact our BC medical malpractice lawyers by calling 1-800-JUSTICE and receive your free initial consultation.