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Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | May 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

No matter how quickly you learn of the condition, a cancer diagnosis can turn your life upside down. When a doctor takes too long to realize that you have cancer, however, the results can be particularly devastating. If your health has been negatively impacted as a result of a Philadelphia medical professional's delayed cancer diagnosis, the team of medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are here to help.

Repercussions of a Delayed Cancer Diagnosis 

While any delayed diagnosis can have a negative impact on a person's health, a delay in diagnosing cancer can be the difference between life and death. Certain forms of cancer are quite treatable if caught and treated early.

As cancer can spread extremely quickly, it's imperative that the condition is diagnosed as soon as possible. With each day that passes without a diagnosis, cancerous cells continue to grow, infecting the affected organs and even spreading to other parts of the body. The more time that passes without a diagnosis, the further cancer cells can spread from their original location. For a person who suffered from a delay in his or her cancer diagnosis the time lost in diagnosing the cancer can significantly lower the chances that the person can overcome the disease.

Damages in a Case of Delayed Diagnosis

If your cancer has worsened as a result of a medical professional's failure to diagnose the condition, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you have suffered. A successful medical malpractice case can provide compensation for damages such as: 

  • Medical bills that have already accrued as a result of the delayed diagnosis; 
  • Future medical expenses that you will incur in treating the condition to the fullest extent possible; 
  • Costs of long-term care that you may require as a result of your condition; 
  • Income that you have lost after being unable to work as a result of your medical condition;
  • Physical pain that you have suffered due to your condition; and
  • Mental anguish that you have experienced as a result of your condition, including depression, anxiety, and/or an inability to sleep.

While there's no denying that compensation obtained from a medical malpractice case won't cure or treat the cancer that has worsened as a result of your delayed diagnosis, it can help alleviate the strain that your diagnosis has placed on your wallet, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: healing to the fullest extent possible.

Suffering Injuries After a Delayed Diagnosis? We're Here to Help 

If a Philadelphia medical provider took too long to diagnose you with cancer and your symptoms worsened as a result, the best step that you can take to protect your legal rights is to contact a seasoned medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are committed to helping our clients obtain the financial compensation they deserve to rebuild their lives after a delayed cancer diagnosis. To discuss your injuries with a member of our legal team, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today.

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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