Misdiagnosis of Cancer

A recent case involving cancer misdiagnosis has brought the issues of medical malpractice and wrongful death back to the forefront in Nevada and across the country. A Las Vegas man succumbed to lung cancer in 2000. On the surface, this would not appear to be newsworthy. After all, millions of people die of cancer in the United States every year. However, in this particular case, an egregious medical error directly led to the deterioration of the man’s condition and eventually his death.

Following a doctor’s visit, the man was told that his chest x-rays appeared to be normal. Unfortunately, the trained medical staff he had trusted with his health and life were wrong. The x-ray images, as later presented in court, clearly showed a mass in his chest that should have been treated. He was misled and, as a result, did not seek treatment that may have saved his life. His widow, Jackie Templeton, sued the Emergency Physicians Medical Group over her husband’s wrongful death. The Nevada jury recently awarded her $20.5 million dollars after finding the medical practitioners liable for her husband’s death as a result of a misdiagnosis of cancer.

Several methods are used in order to detect various forms of cancer. Unfortunately, medical negligence in the application of these methods can lead to fatal results.

Some of these methods include:

  • Biopsy
  • Physical Examination
  • X-Ray

Many of us trust our doctors to detect life-threatening conditions before they become terminal and untreatable. In the case of Mr. Templeton, his physicians failed him by making a fundamental and, consequently, fatal error of judgment. The cancerous mass should have been detected via the x-ray and led to follow-up sessions for treatment. These simple actions could have made the difference between his survival and death. Unfortunately, such tragedies occur more frequently than they should. Have you suffered through a similar hardship? A wrongful death lawyer can help you recover damages from those liable for the death of your loved one as a result of a misdiagnosis of cancer or other form of fatal neglect.

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