When we place our trust in medical professionals, we expect to receive accurate and timely diagnoses. Unfortunately, errors can occur, leading to serious consequences, particularly in the realm of cancer diagnosis. If you or a loved one have suffered due to a misdiagnosis, understanding the breadth of its impact is crucial. In California, a cancer misdiagnosis can have profound repercussions on one’s life and finances. Here, our medical malpractice attorneys discuss those effects and the legal recourse that is potentially available via an insurance claim or a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The Physical Impact Of A Cancer Misdiagnosis
Cancer is a complex disease that demands accurate diagnosis for effective treatment. A misdiagnosis can result in:
Early detection is crucial in the treatment of cancer. A misdiagnosis can cause a delay, allowing the cancer to progress to a more advanced stage.
On the flip side, a person misdiagnosed with cancer may undergo unnecessary treatments, leading to physical and emotional distress.
Decreased Life Expectancy
Delayed or inappropriate treatment can reduce life expectancy.
Physical And Emotional Pain
The stress of living with a wrong diagnosis can lead to physical pain, anxiety, and depression.
Financial Ramifications Of A Misdiagnosis
The financial implications of a cancer misdiagnosis can be immense. They include:
Costs can accrue from inappropriate treatments or from additional treatments required due to the progression of undiagnosed cancer.
Loss Of Income
Extended treatments or the inability to work due to illness can result in lost wages and even job loss.
Expenses may arise from needed adjustments to lifestyle or living conditions due to health changes.
California Law And Medical Malpractice
In California, medical malpractice arises when a medical professional breaches the standard of care, resulting in injury to the patient. The key law governing medical malpractice in California is the California Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).
Statute Of Limitations
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.5, victims of medical malpractice have three years from the date of the injury or one year after the plaintiff becomes aware of the injury, whichever comes first, to file a lawsuit.
Seeking Compensation For Cancer Misdiagnosis
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a cancer misdiagnosis in California, you have the right to seek compensation for:
Both past and future medical bills stemming from the misdiagnosis.
Compensation for lost income and reduced earning capacity.
Pain And Suffering
Though capped, compensation for physical pain and emotional distress can still be significant.
Loss Of Consortium
If the misdiagnosis has adversely affected the relationship between spouses.
Benefitting From Assistance From Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyers
A cancer misdiagnosis can bring about a whirlwind of emotions, from confusion to anger. As a loved one, understanding the physical, emotional, and financial impact can be daunting. However, armed with knowledge and thoughtful legal support from a skilled personal injury attorney, one can navigate the complexities of medical malpractice in California.
If you have suffered harm resulting from a cancer misdiagnosis, don’t navigate the complex legal landscape alone. Let a seasoned personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates, PC assist you during this challenging time.
With multiple offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego, and Riverside, our medical malpractice lawyers represent injured victims across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.
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