Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis
Pittsburgh Lawyers Representing Victims Of Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis
Lung cancer causes more deaths worldwide than any other type of cancer. Although the tools to detect lung cancer have become much more sophisticated in recent years, the problem is that sometimes doctors don’t make use of those tools, or they don’t pay enough attention to the test results.
I’m attorney John Gismondi, founder of Gismondi & Associates. We are lawyers who represent people in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania who have been injured or have lost loved ones because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose lung cancer early enough to successfully treat it. 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 Lung Cancer Have Been Detected?
The overwhelming majority of lung cancer cases develop in people who are smokers. Therefore, any time a smoker, particularly one over the age of 40, develops symptoms such as shortness of breath or a persistent cough, the doctor has to immediately order chest X-rays or other imaging studies. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.
Even if a smoker has no symptoms, it is important that they have regular chest x-rays, and if there’s anything suspicious on the film, the doctor should order a more sophisticated picture of the lung, such as a CT scan. CT scans are becoming much better in their ability to detect abnormal modules in the lung, even some of them smaller than a half-inch in size. Once detected, treatment for lung cancer can range from a minimally-invasive procedure for removal of just the tumor to major surgery involving removal of the entire lung. As with all cancers, the sooner it is found, the more likely the patient is to survive.
Not surprisingly, some people “blame the patient” who develops lung cancer since it is usually related to cigarette smoking. However, when we handle these cases, what we emphasize is this: The doctor didn’t cause the cancer, but it is his or her job to detect it and treat it.
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 Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases
Over the past 30 years, the attorneys of Gismondi & Associates have successfully handled lung cancer cases including a recovery in excess of one million dollars for the death of a middle-aged woman from Uniontown whose lung cancer was “missed” on a CT scan. While her cancer was eventually discovered two years later, by that time it was too late to be successfully treated.
If your loved one died due to lung cancer misdiagnosis, our lawyers can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of you and other family members.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor’s misdiagnosis of lung cancer, 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.