Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer

All colon cancers start off as noncancerous growths called polyps. Over time, the tip of the polyp may become cancerous, and if not removed, may progress until the wall of the colon becomes involved. It is thought that it takes five years or more for a cancerous polyp to involve the colon wall. Once the wall is invaded there is the likelihood of spread to other organs and resultant death. If a Chicago doctor fails to properly diagnose colon cancer and a potential cancer is over looked and treatment delayed the unnecessary death of the patient may occur.

If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a medical professional in Chicago or the Suburbs you may be entitled to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. I have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and I will fight for you!!! Me and my team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you! We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, I understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for injuries resulting from a medical professional’s negligence. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs I am here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Me or one of my experienced medical malpractice attorneys would be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and would be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. If you have questions about your medical malpractice case call me now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

The gold standard in colon cancer screening is a test called a colonoscopy, where a fiber optic scope is inserted into the rectum and guided through the colon in an attempt to identify polyps or early cancers. In order for this screening to be accurate, a pre-test preparation must adequately cleanse the colon by inducing diarrhea. If there is adequate preparation and the colonoscopy is properly performed, almost every polyp and early cancer should be identified and removed.
Colon cancer malpractice may occur when the doctor realizes that the colonoscopy prep is inadequate, causing stool to cover the colon wall, yet goes forward with the procedure and misses something that needed to be removed. Time goes by, the patient becomes sick, and further testing reveals a colon cancer that likely was present at the time of the previous colonoscopy. If this should happen to you or a loved one, contact me as soon as possible.

Another example of Chicago colon cancer malpractice occurs when the doctor, typically a gastroenterologist, performs an inadequate or careless colonoscopy and misses a cancer. In some colon cancer malpractice cases the doctor fails to pass the scope far enough into the colon, and misses a cancer in an area that should have been explored.
A common case for requiring a Chicago colon cancer attorney is when a doctor fails to perform a colonoscopy when one is necessary, and thereby fails to identify a treatable cancer. An example of this type of case might be an elderly patient whose blood test shows anemia, and there is no evidence of a specific cause. Because it is well known in medicine that colon cancer often occurs in the elderly, and when present may cause anemia, the doctor must recommend a colonoscopy. If the doctor fails to order the colonoscopy, this is may very well be a case for me.

Also, cases can arise when a primary care doctor fails to recommend routine screening at a proper time or interval. Colon malpractice may also occur when gastroenterologist fails to recommend further testing when something suspicious is seen
I have years’ worth of experience examining, preparing and presenting complicated medical evidence. I work closely with medical experts, such as doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and therapists throughout the legal process. If necessary, I can also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many medical malpractice cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. I do this in order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life, we use financial professionals to derive fair resolutions for our injury victims. It is through this coordinated effort that I have consistently obtained record-breaking awards and settlements and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for their injured clients.

If you or a family member have suffered a personal injury as a result of medical malpractice, negligence or carelessness of a Chicago doctor or other Chicago health care provider, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a doctor’s failure to timely order a colonoscopy or failure to diagnose colon cancer in a timely manner, please contact me at (312) 888-8000 to learn more about your legal rights.


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