Yes, you may be able to sue if your pathology slides were misread, and due to that error there was a crucial delay in diagnosing cancer or missed cancer diagnosis. Pathology slides are used to identify when a patient has cancer and the type of cancer. If the slides are misread, a patient who may already be suffering from the deadly disease may miss their chance for early detection or not be diagnosed at all. If a patient’s diagnosis of cancer is missed due to misread pathology slides, patients do have legal rights to sue and it can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging the missed cancer diagnosis of a patient, the patient must not only prove that the physician, pathologist, or lab misread the pathology slides, but also that a proper and timely diagnosis would have resulted in a better medical outcome. That is, with a proper diagnosis, the patient could have received appropriate treatment and avoided additional injury. Expert medical testimony is required to prove that part of the case.
If you suspect that you or someone you know has been the victim of medical malpractice from the untimely diagnosis of cancer because of a misread pathology slide, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply fill out the Get Help Now box to the right of this page and “Click to Submit.” Our experience attorneys will get back to you shortly.