Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. In 2012, there were more than 200,000 newly diagnosed cases of lung cancer and more than 150,000 related deaths. It is well known amongst doctors that early treatment, based on early diagnosis, can improve the effectiveness of treatment and increase the patient’s chance of survival.

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 key to early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer is to recognize lung nodules on imaging studies and refer the patient for biopsy. Most often, it is a simple chest x-ray where a nodule appears. If more sophisticated imaging is necessary, a recent study identified “Positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CE-CT) are the most common noninvasive imaging modalities for detecting and diagnosing lung nodules. The use of routine chest x-rays in annual examinations has been largely abandoned, so most often this study is done based on a patient’s complaints.

Most cases arise when a cancerous nodule is missed on a study ordered specifically to examine the lungs, though there are a surprisingly large number of cases that stem from the failure to follow-up on what are called “incidental findings.” For instance, say a patient, who is complaining of belly pain, is sent for an abdominal CT scan, and the lower lungs happen to be captured on the images. Often times, the radiologist reviewing the film will comment on a finding of a lung abnormality, yet the doctor who requested the film will fail to note, or follow up on the finding. In this instance, the chance to make an early finding of cancer is missed.

Lung nodules show up as relatively low-contrast white circular objects within the lung fields, sometimes making their detection difficult. The difficulty increases during evaluation when it becomes necessary for the radiologist or a computer assisted detection system is to distinguish true nodules from (overlapping) shadows, vessels, and ribs.

Once the lung nodules are detected, the next job is to determine whether the detected nodules are malignant or benign, and radiologists are trained to recognize that the malignancy of lung nodules correlates highly with their geometrical size, shape, and appearance. Medical malpractice occurs when the physician reviewing the film, either fails to detect what should be an evident lung nodule, or fails to follow up on a potentially malignant nodule that is detected.

How can you protect yourself from a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis? One key is to make sure that you call your doctor for the results of an imaging test. Do not assume that “no news is good news,” and forget about the test. Call the doctor’s office and ask for the result. Why? Well sometimes a report, with a positive finding, is put into the file without the doctor seeing it. Your call may mean that the doctor will review the report, and notice a positive or incidental finding.

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.

My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the people of Chicago or the Suburbs who have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent medical professional, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of their medical malpractice. Me and my team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you. 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 will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Me and my experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your medical malpractice case call me now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

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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