Failure To Diagnose

One of a doctor’s most important responsibilities is to act with diligence when diagnosing the causes of patients’ symptoms. Unfortunately, not all doctors live up to their responsibilities, and the lack of a timely diagnosis can have severe consequences.

The lawyers at Furr & Henshaw help clients throughout South Carolina pursue medical malpractice and wrongful death claims, including claims for failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis. With offices in Myrtle Beach, we serve clients throughout the state.

Did Your Doctor Take The Appropriate Steps?

A misdiagnosis may be considered medical negligence if, for instance, a doctor fails to do any of the following: obtain a complete medical history, order appropriate medical tests, recognize signs and symptoms of a serious illness, or follow correct differential diagnosis procedures.

For more than 50 years, our firm has been providing representation to clients pursuing medical malpractice claims. Furr & Henshaw is recognized as one of South Carolina’s premier law firms in this area. We regularly assist clients with claims for failure to diagnose illnesses and conditions.

We are extremely thorough in our approach to both the medical and legal issues involved in these cases. We are dedicated to staying current on the latest advances in the law and science of medical negligence through our heavy investment in continuing legal education.

Failure To Diagnose Cancer

One of the most frequent types of cases seen in medical malpractice is the failure to diagnose cancer. When there are signs and symptoms of cancer that go untreated by medical providers or when cancer is discovered too late, the results can be catastrophic. Cancers are most often overlooked when early detection tests such as colonoscopies, mammograms and biopsies are not ordered or are improperly administered. Yet a patient’s chance of survival is directly linked to how early the cancer is diagnosed, and missing the early warning signs can have fatal consequences. The parties responsible ought to be held accountable. The most commonly misdiagnosed cancers are:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Skin cancer

Unfortunately, cancerous cysts and tumors found in early-detection screenings are often dismissed – without further examination – as benign growths. Doctors should be thorough in their investigation of any symptoms, as a delay in diagnosing or a misdiagnosis can have fatal consequences. At Furr & Henshaw, we are committed to helping you seek justice and compensation for your injuries after a medical professional failed to diagnose your skin cancer.

Read on to learn more about misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of different types of cancer.

Breast Cancer

One of the leading killers of women in the U.S., breast cancer is often discovered during routine checkups and screenings. In its early stages, breast cancer can often be thoroughly treated, leaving the patient with a favorable outcome and positive outlook for the future. Unfortunately, cancerous cysts and tumors are often dismissed, without further examination, as benign growths. Clearly, this can have serious consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered from breast cancer after a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose, an experienced attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

The lawyers at Furr & Henshaw have more than 40 years of experience standing up for the rights of individuals and families that have been impacted by the misdiagnosis of breast cancer. This type of illness has taken its toll on hundreds of thousands of families across country, and its misdiagnosis should not be tolerated. That’s why we work hard to hold medical care providers to account. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you.

Failure To Obtain Your Full Medical History

It is essential that medical professionals ask questions that can lead them to suspect if a woman may be at risk of developing breast cancer. Obtaining a full medical history, including whether any family members have had breast cancer, can be key. If other women in the patient’s family have had breast cancer, it may be important for the doctor to initiate genetic testing to identify any gene mutations that may indicate a predisposition to developing breast cancer. The doctor’s failure to ask certain questions and investigate further can contribute to a delayed diagnosis of or failure to diagnose breast cancer.

Colon Cancer

It is essential that all of-age adults be screened for colon cancer. Screenings can catch the disease in its early stages, leading to a better treatment outlook. However, when doctors dismiss symptoms or do not conduct the proper screenings, it can lead to a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or even failure to diagnose colon cancer. These situations can all lead to serious permanent injuries and conditions (such as a portion of the colon needing to be removed) or death as a result of the advancing cancer.

The lawyers at Furr & Henshaw are dedicated to helping patients and their families deal with the aftermath of a colon cancer misdiagnosis. We aggressively pursue compensation for the losses you have suffered while helping you address current issues in order to move forward with your lives. Serving throughout South Carolina, we have more than 40 years of experience handling all types of medical malpractice and misdiagnosis cases involving different types of cancers and other devastating diseases. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Colon Cancer Screening Is A Must

As one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and one of the most common, colon cancer or colorectal cancer can be detected through thorough screenings. Most medical organizations recommend that regular screenings begin at age 50 and continue through 75. Whether your doctor recommends fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy will most likely depend on your risk factors and the time between screenings. These tests do have risks of their own, but your doctor can explain them and how the benefits most likely outweigh any potential adverse effects.

Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer or renal cancer is often difficult to diagnose, as some of the symptoms resemble symptoms of other diseases and illnesses. Kidney infections, cysts and/or benign tumors may be identified, but the physician may not take testing further, under the impression that such growths stem from a non-cancerous condition. This misdiagnosis is really the first step in the ultimate delay of a kidney cancer diagnosis that may lead to serious injury, including kidney failure and death.

The lawyers at Furr & Henshaw have more than 40 years of experience handling misdiagnosis and other medical malpractice cases. We are committed to helping our clients exercise their rights and take action against the doctors, nurses and other medical staff or facilities that may have contributed to the failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of kidney cancer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Maintain Accurate Documentation

While patients can take an active role in their own care, it is up to the doctors to order the tests. If you believe that previous testing or symptoms warrant further examination and testing, bring your concerns to your doctor and document them. Maintaining accurate documentation can assist us in moving forward with your case.

Smoking Increases Risk

Anyone who is smoking should be concerned about developing cancer. Many people think of smoking being linked to lung cancer. Rarely do they associate smoking with renal cancer. However, more and more research is linking smoking with increased risk of kidney cancer. If you smoke, your doctor should be bringing this to your attention and potentially scheduling screenings to check for any indications of kidney cancer.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a common form of cancer that is often discovered in people who have been chronic smokers. However, smokers are not the only individuals who develop lung cancer. There are other risk factors and symptoms that may indicate the disease’s presence. Doctors should be thorough in their investigation of any symptoms, as a delay in diagnosing or a misdiagnosis of lung cancer can have fatal consequences.

The attorneys at Furr & Henshaw have more than 40 years of experience representing clients who have suffered consequences due to a doctor’s negligence. We confidently stand up for the rights of injured individuals and their families, seeking compensation through medical malpractice claims. Our lawyers strive to help clients understand their rights and move forward with their lives while we handle the legal details of their cases. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Thorough Testing

It is important that your doctor conduct as many tests as necessary to determine the location, size, type and any other aspects of the lung cancer that has been detected. Whereas previously it was believed that using X-rays to detect lung cancer was not a useful approach and just exposed patients to unnecessary radiation, new research has shown that X-rays and CT scans may in fact be very useful in making determinations and diagnoses. The extra cost of these tests, and extra radiation, may prove lifesaving.

Skin Cancer

Without proper treatment and care, a seemingly small mole can develop into serious skin cancer. If you showed your mole, lesion or other skin condition to your doctor and he or she failed to take the necessary steps to accurately diagnose your condition, you may have a medical malpractice claim.

Skin cancer can be life threatening, especially if it turns into Stage 3 or Stage 4 melanoma. At Furr & Henshaw, we understand how serious skin cancer can be for you and the impact it can have on your family. We are committed to helping you seek justice and compensation for your injuries after a medical professional failed to diagnose your skin cancer.

Contact our attorneys about your skin cancer misdiagnosis. We provide free initial consultations so we can answer your questions, address your concerns and help you get the support you need throughout the legal process.

Handling Cases Involving All Types Of Skin Cancer

When a doctor or medical professional misdiagnoses your skin cancer, it can be devastating. Whether you have a mole that a doctor failed to biopsy for cancerous cells, or a doctor diagnosed your benign cancer as malignant, it can have serious effects on your life.

At our firm, we assist clients who have all types of skin cancer, including benign tumors and malignant cancer. This includes:

  • Basal skin cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Squamous cell skin carcinoma

Skin cancer can develop from a mole or be the result of extended exposure to UV rays without sunscreen. Regardless of the cause, your doctor should perform tests to determine the type, size and scope of your skin condition. If your doctor fails to perform the tests that a reasonable medical professional would perform, he or she can be held liable for malpractice. Likewise, if a medical professional misdiagnoses or fails to recognize the signs of skin cancer in those test results, we can work to hold him or her accountable for negligence.

We Hold Medical Care Providers Accountable

If your condition has gotten worse or you have lost a loved one due to the delayed diagnosis of a serious illness, then contact us today to schedule a free consultation. You can call us at 800-648-2947 in Myrtle Beach or arrange an appointment online. You will not pay any attorney fees unless we help you obtain compensation for malpractice.