Cancer involving the lungs, whether it started there or spread to the lungs, is a serious and often terminal illness. It is caused by genetic, behavioral and environmental factors. Despite being one of the most common types of cancer it is also one of the most often misdiagnosed. It is often incorrectly diagnosed as Tuberculosis (TB), Bronchial Pneumonia and lung abscesses. Our injury attorneys handle lung cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits throughout the country. Call or email our lung cancer misdiagnosis lawyers for a free case eval. You can also listen to our injury podcast here. No fee unless we recover benefits for you and your family.
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Respiratory diseases and illnesses all have very similar symptoms as they all involve breathing and the lungs as they are responsible for breathing. Due to this lung cancer is commonly overlooked and initially diagnosed as bronchitis, COPD, asthma, pneumonia and tuberculosis.
A thorough history of your family, your job and your lifestyle can help lung cancer be diagnosed properly and on time. Also, it takes several tests such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI’s and various blood tests to accurately diagnose lung cancer. In many lung cancer malpractice claims these tests were either never ordered or they were improperly interpreted.
To make matters worse there are several different types of lung cancer: small cell, non-small cell and mesothelioma. The complexity of lung cancer, and there being so many respiratory diseases with similar symptoms make an accurate and timely lung cancer diagnosis that much harder. However, you are still entitled to benefits, medical care and significant financial compensation if your cancer is misdiagnosed and it results in further illness, advancing to a different stage or certain treatment options are not available due to the time it took to accurately diagnose the condition.
1. Experience Handling Lung Cancer Injury Claims If a cancer misdiagnosis caused you harm retaining an attorney who specializes in divorce law may not be the best option for you. The term personal injury is an umbrella term that encompasses many different types of injury and accident cases that occur in many different environments. For each type of personal injury claim all states individual laws which govern the time limits for filing a claim, type of compensation you may be entitled to and benefits you may be awarded. If the attorney you are speaking with has not handled a medical negligence case before it may not be a great idea to let them handle your case as a means of gaining experience.
2. Litigation Experience Against Insurance Defense Attorneys In today’s legal environment a large majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court and end with a settlement. That is fine and odds are your case could end in a settlement. What you should be aware of is the fact that it could ultimately go to the litigation phase i.e. trial. If the attorney you are speaking with has never had a case go to trial it may make sense to find an attorney who has had experience taking delayed, inaccurate and misdiagnosis cases to court. There is a huge difference in an attorney being able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf and properly representing your case in court.
3. Their History Of Obtaining Maximum Compensation And Clients For Their Clients When speaking with a possible cancer injury lawyer you should inquire about their history of getting favorable settlements and verdicts for their clients regarding the type of case that applies to you. Also, If you were injured in Pennsylvania for instance you should make sure you are shown settlements and verdicts for Pennsylvania accident cases similar to yours. If you are speaking with an attorney who practices in multiple states the settlements and verdicts you are shown may not be apples to apples to yours. Also, please bear in mind that no personal injury case is the same as each person suffers different injuries, has different recovery times and may have had a pre-existing injury.
4. Their Professional Affiliations, Community Involvement And Legal Discipline Record The various types of professional organizations, bar associations and other groups they belong to may offer insight regarding their level or commitment to their clients and their profession. If they are involved in their community and routinely give back that can speak volumes about the type of person they are in addition to the type of attorney they are. Also, researching their disciplinary history can alert you to any professional struggles they have had over the course of their career. Much of this information can be found either on their website or by Googling their name.
5. Their History Of Handling Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims Sometimes attorneys can switch practice areas at any given time. Just because an attorney has been practicing law for over 20 years does not mean that they have been practicing personal injury law for that entire time. If they were estate planning lawyers until 6 months ago they most likely lack the experience to appropriately handle your claim.
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