The misdiagnosis of brain tumors is a serious issue that happens all too often. The grave consequences of misdiagnosis is compounded by the fact that the prognosis for brain tumors are often poor. In a fight in which every day counts, patients can’t afford to have their treatment delayed by a failure to diagnose on the part of their doctor.
Brain cancer misdiagnosis often happens in cases where cancerous cells have grown in another part of the body before traveling to the brain, although it can happen in any situation, including those in which the cells of the brain tissue become cancerous. Whether or not a brain tumor is benign or malignant, the outcomes of a patient depend on timely diagnosis by their healthcare provider, as even non-malignant brain tumors can have an impact on brain activity if quality treatment isn’t administered.
The simple fact is that when a patient doesn’t get the care they need because of a failure to diagnose, their health outcomes are going to be worse. That could mean having prolonged treatment that increases medical bills by tens of thousands, or it could mean an avoidable death. These consequences of course have a huge impact on the patient’s family, which is left with crushing medical debt and potentially the absence of a loved one.
When a doctor has been negligent in failing to make an accurate diagnosis, there are medical malpractice laws that exist to get the patients’ who suffer and their families compensation for their damages.
What Are Brain Tumors
Brian tumors form as a result of abnormal cell growth in the tissue that makes up the brain. There are commonly two types of brain tumor. One is a primary tumor, in which the tumor begins from abnormal cells growing in the brain. The other type of brain tumor is metastatic brain tumor, in which abnormal cells that formed elsewhere travel into the brain.
Symptoms of Brain Cancer
The symptoms resulting from brain cancer will vary depending upon which part of the brain the tumor is growing in. This is because the disruption caused by the tumor will impact the nearby parts of the brain which each have their own associated functions. However, some common symptoms of a brain tumor include:
- Behavioural changes
- Unexplained seizures
- Speech problems
- Double vision
Diagnosing Brain Cancers
Brain cancers can be difficult to diagnose because of the similarity in symptoms to other health conditions. In order to properly diagnose a brain tumor, a doctor needs to order one or more neurological test, brain scan, or biopsy. Errors occur when doctors fail to recognize brain cancer or fail to run the proper tests to distinguish it from another disease. In older patients, a doctor may attribute neurological problems to dementia and fail to do the proper tests.
These oversights are often deadly for patients, who don’t get the care they need in time, allowing the tumor to grow or spread.
Philadelphia Failure to Diagnose Lawyers
If you or a loved one suffered because of a failure to diagnose brain cancer, your best course of action is to consult an experienced law firm as soon as possible. Only a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer can help you get compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial harm your family has suffered.
With over 30 years of personal injury law experience, McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt has the expertise to fully evaluate your legal case and get you the payout you deserve. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.