A common underlying cause of a Texas medical malpractice claim is the failure to properly diagnose a disease, condition or illness. A failure to diagnose properly comes in two common forms: A physician misdiagnosis a patient or a doctor fails to make a proper diagnosis in a timely manner. The misdiagnosis or failure to timely diagnose oral cancer is a prime example of a situation in which a patient fails to receive necessary treatment for a disease and suffers further harm due to medical negligence.
Medical malpractice and oral cancer survival rate
The misdiagnosis of oral cancer is most treatable if diagnosed in its early stages. The overall survival rate of oral cancer is 50%. That rate is notably improved if the diagnosis is made early. The more time that elapses before a proper diagnosis of oral cancer, the greater the risk that the patient will not survive the disease.
Untimely diagnosis of oral cancer
With alarming regularity, physicians fail to properly diagnose oral cancer in its early stages. Understandably, this shortcoming can result in medical malpractice claims.
Certain cases of oral cancer are what medical professionals call “clinically deceptive.” Oral cancer can be mistaken for other conditions, resulting in misdiagnosis. Physicians can be expected to understand that the early stages of oral cancer appear to be other types of disorders. Further testing should reveal whether or not a particular condition is in fact oral cancer.
A person afflicted with oral cancer that was not diagnosed during its early stages may have a medical malpractice claim. Ascertaining whether an individual might be able to pursue such a claim is undertaken via a case evaluation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.