On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Failure to Diagnose on Friday, December 6, 2013.

Just imagine that a loved one residing in Texas has been diagnosed with a specific type of cancer. After the shock begins to subside, one begins to face the reality of cancer treatments and all the side effects that come with them. But then, he or she doesn’t respond to the cancer treatments. In fact, things seem to be getting worse. Is it possible that a misdiagnosis of cancer has occurred?

Unfortunately, the misdiagnosis of cancer does happen. A little over a year ago, a sheriff in the Sunshine State learned that he had been diagnosed with and treated for the wrong type of cancer. As a result, he was not getting any better. In fact, his health was deteriorating.

After five months of enduring chemotherapy for one type of cancer, a second biopsy was performed at a Texas hospital. The results were shocking; he had been diagnosed with and treated for the wrong type of cancer. At this point, it was too late, and he died just a few months later.

A misdiagnosis of cancer can have devastating consequences for both the patient and his or her family. If there is time, the situation may be corrected, but in some cases, the patient dies because he or she was not treated for the right medical issue. In either case, a medical malpractice claim may be filed in accordance with Texas law. A successful claim could provide the patient — or the patient’s family if the patient died — with financial damages resulting from a misdiagnosis.

Source: tampa bay times, Medical misdiagnoses common yet ignored, Jodie Tillman, Nov. 17, 2013