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At Biancheria & Maliver, our familiarity with the duty that doctors in many medical specialties have to recognize the signs of cancer and refer patients to a physician qualified to treat them can help establish the liability of a doctor for the death of your parent, spouse, or child. Contact the Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys at our firm for advice and representation in cases where a physician's negligence or lack of skill has led to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer.
Not all doctors are oncologists with specialized knowledge and skill in the treatment of cancer, so it is therefore unreasonable to expect physicians in general to cure every patient of cancer. It is entirely reasonable, however, to expect family medicine practitioners, internists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and other primary care physicians to recognize the more common findings, signs, and symptoms that suggest the need for further testing to identify if carcinoma or malignancy is present.
Failure to diagnose cancer in time for an effective intervention can result from the negligent misreading of a mammogram, a failure to order a colonoscopy, or a surgeon's failure to identify a tumor during an operation. Because of the danger of metastasis for any cancerous condition, delay in the diagnosis of cancer can amount to a death sentence for the patient whose symptoms are missed or mistaken for another illness.
At Biancheria & Maliver, our understanding of the duty of medical professionals to identify and refer potential cancer patients for further diagnosis and treatment is based not only on a thorough familiarity with the law of medical malpractice, but also based on practical medical experience. As well as an accomplished trial lawyer, Dr. Deborah Maliver is also a board-certified internist who completed her residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York. Her ability to analyze and present the legal consequences of a claim for damages based on a delayed diagnosis of cancer is strengthened by her medical experience with cancer patients.
For a free evaluation of your medical malpractice claim, contact the medical negligence attorneys at our downtown Pittsburgh office.