If a doctor failed to timely diagnose cancer, let us be your advocate
A diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing event with far-reaching impacts on the patient, and their family, friends, and community. Sadly, cancer is commonplace in our society, with roughly 5,000 Americans diagnosed every day. Cancer patients suddenly find themselves in a race against the clock, working with doctors to stop the spread of cancer, eliminate it from their bodies, and keep it from returning.
But what happens when a doctor fails to diagnose cancer in a timely manner? What if he or she misses symptoms and signs that should have been obvious?
The consequences can be tragic. In a critical period where every day counts, a failure to timely diagnose cancer robs the patient of the ability to seek effective and timely treatment while the condition is still manageable. It can literally mean the difference between life and death.
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For the best results, you need the best Maine medical malpractice lawyers
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S. We have obtained several of the largest medical malpractice jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients.
Medical professionals are expected to follow the standards of care accepted by the members of their profession and specialty. A failure to diagnose cancer can occur when a physician does not properly investigate, test or follow up to timely diagnose and treat a patient's condition. Failure to diagnose cancer is one type of medical malpractice, and patients who have suffered as a result have the right to recover for damages.
Our attorneys understand the medicine and the relevant laws in these cases. We have successfully represented people throughout Maine who have been harmed because of a failure to timely diagnose cancer and other medical conditions.
Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation. You pay nothing unless we win by settlement or jury verdict.
You should also contact us if you lost a loved one to cancer and believe it should have been diagnosed earlier, as you may be eligible to recover damages through a wrongful death claim.
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We have helped numerous victims who have been harmed by medical malpractice and we understand the challenges you face. We realize that beyond the physical struggles, the emotional and financial impacts can be overwhelming.
Our lawyers and staff members take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved.
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Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.
Know the risks: Fast facts from the American Cancer Society
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What is cancer? Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death. Cancer is caused by both external factors (tobacco, infectious organisms, chemicals, and radiation) and internal factors (genetics, hormones, immune conditions, and mutations that occur from metabolism).
How common is cancer? Lifetime risk refers to the probability that an individual will develop cancer over the course of a lifetime. In the U.S., men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing some type of cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3. However, it is important to note that these estimates are based on the average experience of the general population and may overestimate or underestimate individual risk, which is determined by the internal and external factors noted above.
Are cancer death rates rising or falling? Although survival statistics vary greatly depending on both the type of cancer and stage at diagnosis, the overall cancer death rate in the U.S. has declined since the early 1990s. The most recent Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, published in the spring of 2015, shows that from 2002 to 2011, cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent per year among men; 1.4 percent per year among women; 2.1 percent per year among children ages 0-14; and 2.3 percent per year among children ages 0-19.
How can I prevent cancer? Avoid known risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol. Early detection of cancer, which usually results in less extensive treatment and better outcomes, can also be achieved through screening for some cancers. Screening is known to reduce mortality for several types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, rectum, and cervix.