Delay in Lung Cancer Diagnosis Costs Woman Her Life

by | Jul 5, 2013 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

When many people in Cleveland think about medical malpractice, they likely
think of some big error that happens on a surgical table. While these
kinds of medical errors are certainly dangerous and do comprise some of
the serious and fatal malpractice injuries, sometimes medical negligence
is something fairly small and unnoticeable. Unfortunately, just because
the mistake may be small doesn’t mean that the ramifications are,
as well. Take, for example, a physician’s inability to diagnose
lung cancer.

Lung cancer can be extremely serious and there are many people in Ohio
who are killed by it each year. For some, however, their prognosis is
good: the cancer was caught quickly enough that there are medical treatments
available that will rid them of the disease. For others, however, the
diagnosis comes to late.

Unfortunately for one woman, her doctor’s inability to timely diagnose
her with lung cancer cost her life. She had gone to the hospital in 2010
and had an X-ray taken of her chest. Had the physician and the radiologist
been paying sufficient attention, however, they would have noticed a small
mass on her lungs. They didn’t and she was never told about the mass.

Yet when she came back to the doctor two years later with difficulty breathing,
another physician did some digging. The physician had to tell her that
she not only had a fatal cancer, but also that if they had caught it two
years prior after the X-ray, that she would have lived.

What turned out to be a relatively minor mistake ended up costing the woman her life.


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