Failure to Diagnose or Properly Treat Brain Tumors

Brain tumors don’t discriminate. They don’t recognize age or gender.  If left undetected and untreated brain tumors can have lasting negative effects, which can even include death.

Not All Brain Tumors are the Same

Many brain tumors are nonmalignant, meaning they do not contain cancer cells. Unfortunately, if not detected in time and if left untreated, nonmalignant tumors can dangerously spread to other parts of the brain or become enlarged. Long-term damage can occur if the tumor increases in size and presses against other healthy parts of the brain and damages these areas.

Detecting Brain Tumors

The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor can include dizziness, blurred vision, headache, nausea, seizure, and speech difficulty. Many of these symptoms are common with other medical conditions, such as a stroke.

If a patient experiences these types of symptoms, it is important that the doctor or other health care provider carefully examine the patient in order to make a proper diagnosis. In the case of a brain tumor, the best way to determine whether a brain tumor exists is usually to have an MRI or CT scan performed on the patient’s brain.

Why Wasn’t a Brain Tumor Diagnosed?

If an MRI or CT scan is performed, a doctor or healthcare provider normally should be able to identify a brain tumor.  Unfortunately, problems may occur when a patient experiences the symptoms of a brain tumor, and the doctor or other health care provider fails to have an MRI or CT scan performed. Instead, the doctor or healthcare provider may misdiagnose the patient as having some other condition, such as a severe headache.  Only later, when the symptoms get worse, is the brain tumor diagnosed.

In this circumstance, the patient and the patient’s family will likely wonder why the brain tumor was not diagnosed during the initial visit with the doctor, and whether the doctor should have done more to detect the tumor. This is especially the case if the patient experiences severe symptoms where the brain tumor should have been detected and time passing with the brain tumor could have been prevented.

The Case for Failure to Diagnose a Brain Tumor

If a doctor or other healthcare provider fails to diagnose brain tumor, it’s important to understand the facts, circumstances, and symptoms presented by the patient at the time the patient first saw the doctor or healthcare provider. In order to determine whether a case for a failure to diagnose a brain tumor is warranted, we need to first obtain all the information possible concerning this visit.

Next, this information is normally reviewed by a physician, nurse, or other healthcare expert to determine whether the doctor or other health care provider failed to meet the standards required by the medical profession in not performing an appropriate examination and/or requiring an MRI or CT scan for the patient.

If it appears that a case for medical malpractice exists, a determination needs to be made as to whether the patient suffered damages as a result.  For example, if a correct diagnosis of a brain tumor was made during the initial visit, what damages would the patient have not suffered?

If it appears that the doctor or healthcare provider failed to meet the level of care required and that such failure resulted in damages, a case for medical malpractice may be appropriate.

Experienced & Compassionate Legal Counsel

We understand the pain and suffering experienced not only by a patient, but also by the patient’s family, in the case of medical malpractice or negligence.

If you have a terminal or debilitating brain tumor or a family member has died or suffered due to medical negligence resulting from the failure to properly diagnose or treat a brain tumor, you or your family may be entitled to compensation. Contact our firm to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient with you. We can then learn about your case and advise you as to the process for bringing a claim of medical malpractice, and let you know about your legal options.

This consultation is free, and there is no obligation to use our firm. Firm partner Jim Dore has years of experience representing clients in personal injury matters, including medical malpractice. If the facts and circumstances of your case support a claim of medical malpractice, we will work hard to prove your case and hold those accountable for the damages resulting from their negligence.

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