Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer is a difficult thing for anyone to endure. Watching them fall ill and ultimately pass away seems like the worst it could get. Unfortunately, there are situations that can make it even worse.
A recent settlement from a medical malpractice suit highlights such a situation. The malpractice suit came after it was discovered that a man who had died from cancer in 2014 could have been treated at an earlier stage — a stage when the illness is more curable.
The 54-year-old man had been diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011 and passed away three-and-a-half years after the initial diagnosis. Blood was discovered in his urine and he was sent to a specialist where it was confirmed that it was a sign of the cancer’s presence.
After tracing the man’s medical records, it was discovered that his primary-care physician had also found the presence of blood during a urinalysis in 2009, a full two years prior. Even though blood in the urine (hematuria) can indicate a serious disorder, the primary-care physician passed on further evaluation when another dipstick test done one month later was negative for hematuria.
What could have been a life-saving discovery back in 2009 ended up a grave missed opportunity. The lawsuit pointed to negligence on the part of the primary-care physician. In the end, the jury awarded $4.2 million to the man’s estate and to his children.
Medical Professionals Should Be Held Accountable
The aforementioned story is just one example of medical malpractice that happens all the time. For many, it is difficult to question the opinion of a medical professional, as it is their title and education you are supposed to trust.
The truth is that medical professionals are people too, and people make mistakes. And in some cases, while a medical professional might believe their actions are meeting the standard of care, there could have been more done.
Instead, patients are left injured or worse, dead. The ones they leave behind have to endure the pain of their loss in addition to knowing that it could have been prevented. Furthermore, they also have to deal with the financial burden that comes from a medical mistake, and they can be costly.
That is why if you or a loved one are facing a similar situation and you think medical malpractice is playing a factor, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Skilled Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorneys
In Pennsylvania you should look no further than the Marrone Law Firm, LLC for help. The Philadelphia firm welcomes clients from across the country and has a strong record of success when it comes to getting their clients compensated.
They will put their experience to work making sure the negligent parties are held responsible for any harm they caused. Marrone Law Firm, LLC handles the full gamut of malpractice cases, from birth trauma and nursing home negligence to hospital negligence and failure to diagnose.
Call 866-732-6700 to schedule a free initial consultation and begin discussing your legal options today.
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