Failure to Diagnose and Treat Cancer

Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Florence and Other Areas of South Carolina

When medical errors happen, it is important to have an experienced legal advocate in your corner to help protect and advance your rights. Florence medical malpractice lawyer William J. Tuck helps patients get back on their feet after an avoidable injury by fighting to seek the full compensation that they deserve. He also represents people in Hartsville, Darlington, and other communities in South Carolina who have been harmed by health care negligence. In many situations, this involves a failure to promptly diagnose and treat cancer, which can have devastating consequences for a patient and his or her family.

Holding a Negligent Doctor Accountable for Failing to Diagnose and Treat Cancer

Although we rely on doctors and other health care professionals to help us treat injuries and illnesses, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes they do more harm than good. This includes cases in which a doctor fails to properly diagnose and treat cancer. The earlier that this deadly disease is treated, the better are a person’s chances of survival.

To prove the elements of a medical malpractice claim, you would need to show that the doctor or other defendant whom you are suing failed to live up to the “standard of care” under the circumstances. State law obligates doctors and other medical professionals to do what a reasonably prudent health care provider would do in the same or similar circumstances. It also requires them to refrain from activities that a reasonably prudent provider would also avoid.

A bad outcome – like a complication following surgery or a death from cancer – is not necessarily the result of carelessness or misconduct. Instead, a patient suing for malpractice needs to first establish what the standard of care was in the given case. Would a reasonably prudent health care provider have caught signs of cancer earlier or prescribed a different course of treatment? This usually requires testimony from experts in the appropriate field, such as an oncologist. The plaintiff also must present evidence directly linking the malpractice to an injury or illness or showing how it made the condition worse.

Damages in cases involving a failure to diagnose or treat cancer may be substantial, often including compensation for medical bills, the costs of future treatment, lost income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering. In tragic situations when malpractice results in the loss of a patient’s life, family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the medical professional who was responsible.

Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Claim with a Florence Lawyer

William J. Tuck has been representing clients in medical malpractice and other personal injury cases for more than 15 years. He has a strong track record of helping many people in Florence, Hartsville, Darlington, and elsewhere in South Carolina maximize the compensation to which they may be entitled. Mr. Tuck takes a personal interest in each case and seeks to ease the burden on patients and their families in these trying times by guiding them through the legal process with skill and compassion. To set up a free consultation with Florence medical malpractice attorney William J. Tuck, contact us online or call us at 843-393-2201. We are proud to serve victims of health care negligence from our office in the historic old Bank of Darlington Building at 54 Public Square in downtown Darlington. We also represent people who need an injury attorney in other areas of South Carolina, including Marion, Chesterfield, Dillon, Cheraw, Bishopville, Lake City, Myrtle Beach, and Sumter.