Lung cancer is usually diagnosed with a biopsy which is the removal of a small sample of tissue for examination under a microscope by a pathologist. There are many errors made during diagnosis which may lead to lung cancer medical negligence. A number of procedures may be used to obtain this tissue:
- A hypodermic needle is inserted into the tumor through the chest wall to remove a tissue sample.
- A bronchoscope is inserted through the mouth or nose and into the windpipe to look at the lungs and collect small samples of tissue.
- Laparoscopy techniques can be used to obtain a tissue sample.
- A small amount of the fluid that surrounds the lungs can be removed using a hypodermic needle.
- Other tests can be used to determine the extent of lung cancer including:
- Mediastinoscopy which can determine whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the chest.
- Radionuclide scanning can show whether cancer has spread to other organs, such as the liver.
- MRI, CAT or CT scan.
The usual key to successful treatment is early diagnosis and many medical mistakes can lead to a delay in diagnosis which may deprive patients of the chance for a cure. If health care professionals fail through their negligence to diagnose this illness in a timely manner, then they may become liable to pay lung cancer medical negligence settlements to their victims. Delays in diagnosis may cause a worsening of the illness and are often as a result of;
Failure to refer to a patient who exhibits typical symptoms to a specialist
Failure to have a biopsy performed when the physical examination results are abnormal;
Failure to make arrangements to carry out the appropriate tests when a patient exhibits symptoms;
Failure to take appropriate action following receipt of unfavorable biopsy results;
Failing to monitor patients with cancer in the family;
Failure to recommend appropriate treatment options;
Lost records, notes and test results:
There is a well-documented increase in the incidence in individuals who are exposed to asbestos fibers. While cigarette smoking is the most well-known cause, asbestos is recognized as a potent lung carcinogen particularly when combined with cigarette smoking. Studies have revealed that when both asbestos fibers and cigarette smoke are inhaled, there is a synergistic effect which multiplies the risk of each carcinogen. It is estimated that smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have seven times more chance of contracting cancer of the lungs.
Most lung cancer medical negligence lawyers offer a completely risk-free service by use contingency fee arrangements (no win no fee) to represent their clients, which means that if your lawyer doesn’t achieve settlement then he doesn’t get paid. A medical negligence lawyer can assist you to assert your legal rights to receive the compensation that you need and deserve.
Early diagnosis of lung cancer may mean less financial hardship, less pain and suffering, and a greater chance of survival. If you believe that a hospital, clinic, doctor, radiologist, nurse or technician has been responsible for medical negligence just call a lawyer for free initial advice.