Cancer. One of the most dreaded words in the English language.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the number of new cases of cancer (cancer incidence) is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2008-2012 cases). The number of cancer deaths (cancer mortality) is 171.2 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2008-2012 deaths).
Even hearing the word cancer can throw an individual into a deep depression and can leave someone desperately searching for answers. But when a cancer diagnosis is missed, and the cancer is allowed to grow or spread, that can compound the issue dramatically, often significantly worsening a cancer victim’s prognosis and worsening their options and likelihood of survival.
Generally, there are four stages of cancer (I-IV), but each stage is different depending on the location and nature of the cancer. Stage I cancers are generally treatable, and often times, a simple excision of the cancerous growth is all that is needed. Stages II and III cancers are more invasive cancers and often time require wide local excision and/or chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Stage IV cancers are generally metastatic tumors that have grown beyond the primary tissue and have spread to other organs. Stage IV cancers, understandably, have the worst prognosis for survival.
When a cancer diagnosis is not made in a timely manner following lab testing, x-rays, CT scans, or MRI imaging, those cancers can have additional time to grow and spread and progress from one stage to the next. The results of this extra time can cause devastating injuries and can have a drastic effect on a cancer victim’s survival, even at times leading to death that could otherwise have been prevented.
Dr. Kramer is not only a licensed lawyer in California, but he is also a licensed medical doctor, so he can evaluate medical injuries caused by a cancer misdiagnosis in a way that few lawyers can.
If you have cancer, and you believe that your cancer was not diagnosed in a timely manner, or if you have otherwise been misdiagnosed, give our office a call at 310-289-2600 so we can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.