Getting an early diagnosis and the correct treatment often means the difference between life and death when it comes to colorectal cancer. In other cases, medical negligence can dramatically impact your quality of life. If you believe your doctor, surgeon, or other medical care provider failed to follow accepted protocols and caused you harm, you may be able to hold them liable.
The colorectal cancer medical malpractice attorneys from Berger and Green can review your case and help you understand if you are eligible to pursue compensation. Call or text our team today at 412-661-1400.
Understanding Colorectal Cancer Medical Malpractice
Most colorectal cancer medical malpractice cases focus on a missed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis. As with many other types of cancer, early detection is key to a favorable outcome with colorectal cancer. With this type of cancer, it is even more imperative that doctors take symptoms seriously and identify the problem as soon as possible.
Unless proactive testing identifies precancerous or cancerous growths early, the cancer may grow unobstructed for years because many people have no symptoms until their cancer advances. Once symptoms appear, failure to conduct treatment quickly and adequately can lead to serious illness or even death.
If your primary care physician, gastroenterologist, proctologist, or other doctor failed to diagnose the precancerous or cancerous growths in your colon—or the colon of a family member who passed away from cancer—or if you endured additional complications because they dismissed your symptoms as indigestion, diarrhea, or hemorrhoids, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice case against them.
Berger and Green Can Help You Build a Case to Hold the Doctors Liable
Not all medical mistakes support a medical malpractice case. To recover compensation and hold your doctor accountable, we will need to show they acted negligently. In most cases, this occurs when a medical care provider fails to follow the accepted protocols and practices of others with similar training in the same area.
When we take on your case, we will launch an investigation to collect as much information about your condition, diagnosis, and the effects of the alleged negligence. This includes:
- Obtaining copies of relevant medical records
- Interviewing you and others involved
- Documenting your expenses and losses related to the negligent act
Most importantly, we will identify and enlist the help of a medical expert witness in your case. Some states, including Pennsylvania, require we have a medical expert testify to the validity of our case. Required or not, we understand the role this expert plays in proving how malpractice occurred. We will choose the best expert witness from our large network of care providers and present your case to them.
After they review your case, we will work with them to prepare a sworn statement that outlines:
- The expected standard of care; and
- Whether or not your doctor deviated from the expected standard of care
With an affidavit showing your doctor acted negligently, as well as all the evidence we collected, we can take legal action in your case. We will file a claim against the hospital or doctor’s medical malpractice insurance policy. We may be able to reach a fair agreement and settle your case out of court. Sometimes, though, we need to file a lawsuit against the negligent care provider.
If you believe you or a loved one may have been the victim of colorectal cancer medical malpractice, reach out to Berger and Green today. Call or text 412-661-1400 for your no-cost case review with someone from our team.
Damages Available in a Colorectal Cancer Medical Malpractice Case
As a key part of investigating your colorectal cancer malpractice case, our team will document all the expenses and losses you suffered because of the missed diagnosis or other negligent act. We know how to identify the additional costs, as well as the noneconomic losses you suffered. This allows us to put a fair value on your case and fight for a just out-of-court settlement or prove to the judge how much the malpractice cost you.
Some common recoverable damages in this type of case include:
- Medical care costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
In some cases, we may also be able to recover punitive damages in this type of case.
Wrongful Death Claims Related to Colorectal Cancer Medical Malpractice
If a member of your immediate family passed away from colorectal cancer following a delayed diagnosis or other possible negligent act, you may have the right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. Our team can help explain your rights and the full range of damages available to you. Call 412-661-1400 to learn more.
Talk to a Colorectal Cancer Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or a loved one endured undue and preventable pain and suffering because of a colorectal cancer missed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, exam complication, or surgical mistake, the team from Berger and Green is here to help. Let us review your case for free today. If you decide to work with us, you owe us no attorney’s fees until we recover a payout on your behalf.
Call or text 412-661-1400 today for a free consultation with a member of our medical malpractice team for help understanding colorectal cancer medical malpractice, and what kind of compensation you may be able to recover.