If you or a loved one has suffered from extreme bone and joint pain, and repeated trips to the physician have eventually yielded a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of bone cancer, then we are here to help. At Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, LLP we have successfully helped patients just like you with resounding success. When doctors in Pennsylvania are negligent and inattentive they are also liable for the harm that has been inflicted upon you.
Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, and Ewing's sarcoma are all primary bone cancers that develop within the tissue, cartilage, and marrow of the bone. The most common symptoms are pain and swelling in a bone, or in an entire region of the body like the chest, back, or pelvis. The pain is usually at its worst at night and/or during physical activity, and it exponentially persists as the tumor grows. Some additional bone cancer symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
- Weakened, stiff, or tenderness of bones
- Unexplained bone fractures or breaks
- Weight loss
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Night sweats, fever and/or chills
- Shortness of breath
Unfortunately, these common symptoms closely resemble symptoms of many other medical conditions. And when doctors do not take the time to properly diagnose these symptoms your health can rapidly dwindle. Perhaps what is most frightening is that some of the symptoms in children are perceived as "growing pains," and older adults may be told they are simply suffering from a severe case of arthritis.
HOW DOES MISDIAGNOSIS OF BONE CANCER OCCUR?
Because aggressive treatment is often what is necessary to combat most cancers, a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be a fatally life threatening error. Doctors, lab technicians, radiologists, and pathologists all have a duty to provide diligent care to all their patients. The following are mistakes that might be made, which in turn can lead to an error in diagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, or the complete absence of any diagnosis at all:
- Not recognizing or following up on a patient's or parents' complaints about signs and symptoms
- Failing to order necessary imaging tests
- Failure to perform a biopsy
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Misinterpretation of a scan or biopsy results
Medical advances have made it possible to eradicate most bone cancers, making the survival rate quite good when detected early. But when doctors miss critical clues or dismiss their patients' complaints, the results can be devastating. Excessive exposure to radiation, amputation, and death can be the result if the proper diagnostics and treatments are not implemented from the earliest possible moment. If you feel that you are a victim of a misdiagnosis of bone cancer, or if you simply have questions and aren't sure, then please call the attorneys at Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, LLP today at 412-567-7970 or (toll free) 888-334-6012, or email us, and begin taking the steps toward getting the compensation you deserve.