Pittsburgh Lawyers Representing Victims Of Colon Cancer Misdiagnosis
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the world, but it is also one of the most curable. Most cancers in the intestine, rectum or appendix start out as very small benign polyps that take years and years to become malignant. These polyps can usually be discovered by a colonoscopy (a medical procedure involving insertion of a scope into the colon for inspection of the interior).
I'm attorney John Gismondi, founder of Gismondi & Associates. We are lawyers who represent families in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania who have been injured or lost loved ones because of a medical professional's failure to diagnose colon cancer. A powerful lawsuit can provide full and complete compensation for you, and it can also send a strong message that will help to prevent some other person from being injured by a similar mistake or accident.
Should My Colon Cancer Have Been Detected?
Colonoscopies have saved thousands of lives in recent years.
Doctors should order colonoscopy tests every 10 years for people who are over age 50. People with a family history of colon cancer should have this test performed at a younger age. A colonoscopy should also be performed when a patient has symptoms such as rectal bleeding, cramping or persistent diarrhea.
It is not enough for the doctor to order a colonoscopy. It must also be performed properly. These tests are usually done by specialists called gastroenterologists. It is important that they have experience in doing these procedures, and that they take the time to look in every nook and cranny of the colon when they are peering through the scope. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen and, as a result, cancerous polyps are "missed" by the doctor and not discovered until much later on when another colonoscopy is done.
If a colon cancer is diagnosed while it is still a small tumor or precancerous polyp, it can be easily removed. However, once the cancer has metastasized and spread to other parts of the body, it is far more difficult to treat.
A Lawsuit Provides Compensation ... And More
We wish that we could turn back the hands of time and undo what has happened to you or your family. Unfortunately, no lawyer has that power. However, with a successful lawsuit we can reduce the burdens you face by obtaining full and complete compensation for everything that you have experienced as a result of your injury or the death of a family member ... mounting medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and perhaps most importantly, the loss of the relationship and companionship of a loved one.
We will also fight for compensation to cover everything that you may face in the future. Failure to diagnose cancer cases often involve long-term needs for things such as future surgeries, specialized equipment, personal attendant care and much more. Our goal is to provide full compensation for all of those needs so that you or your loved one can enjoy the very best quality of life possible and make the most of a difficult situation. After all, that is the least that you are entitled to.
Aside from providing you with full and complete compensation, a lawsuit can do one other very important thing: It can force changes to be made by the doctor or hospital that caused the injury to you or a loved one so that no other person or family has to go through what you have.
Our Experience With Colon Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases
Our lawyers handled the case of a Pittsburgh mother with two small children whose complaints about rectal bleeding were ignored by her OB/GYN for more than a year. It turned out the woman had colon and rectal cancer. Fortunately, she is still alive. However, the misdiagnosis of her colon cancer may mean that she will never live to normal life expectancy. Our lawyers obtained a substantial award for the woman and her family.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by colon cancer misdiagnosis, call us now for a free consultation toll free at 1-888-529-1255. And remember, we always return phone calls. Our law office is in Pittsburgh and our attorneys handle personal injury cases throughout Pennsylvania.