Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent cancer patients and their families in lawsuits involving the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer cases. This includes cases involving lung cancer. Victims of this medical malpractice do have legal rights under Michigan law.
Lung cancer forms in the tissues of the lungs, usually in the cells lining air passages. The American Cancer Society's 2015 estimates for the United States project over 220,000 new cases of lung cancer and almost 160,000 deaths resulting from the deadly disease. Despite the familiarity doctors have with lung cancer, misdiagnosis or mistreatment of lung cancer is a growing cause of medical malpractice claims.
Early Warning Signs of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is more responsive to treatment when detection occurs early. Because of this, it is important to know the early warning signs of lung cancer, which can include:
- Persistent coughing, or coughing that does subside
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Streaks of blood coughed up in mucus from the lungs
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss for no known reason
- Fatigue and feeling extremely tired
Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals often fail to order tests, misdiagnose, and fail to treat lung cancer. Such errors can give rise to successful medical malpractice claims.
What is Needed to Prove a Lung Cancer Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
A medical error that results in a misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose breast cancer can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. To win this type of case, it must be established by medical opinions that an earlier diagnosis could and should have been made by the doctor. It must also be proven that if an earlier diagnosis had been made and treatment had begun, the patient would have had a more favorable outcome. Many times, an early lung cancer screening or other procedure could have prevented the spread of the cancer and provided an excellent outlook and prognosis for the patient.
Our experienced attorneys will get all of the medical records and have them reviewed by our in house legal team. We will then consult with nationally recognized medical experts to discuss the care and treatment to determine whether medical negligence resulted in harm to the patient. If we can prove your case, we will file your lawsuit against the doctor and medical facility responsible for the negligent care.
How Much are Settlement Amounts in Lung Cancer Malpractice Lawsuits?
Under Michigan law, a victim of medical negligence can seek several different types of compensation. Settlements can include compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and other non-economic type claims. Additional compensation is available for loss of income, loss of future earnings, and medical costs and expenses.
In medical malpractice cases involving the death of a patient, surviving family members can file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent until death, the loss of society and companionship of the loved one by family members, loss of income and support, medical expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.
Free Michigan Medical Malpractice Guide
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Contact Our Michigan Lung Cancer Lawyers
If you or a loved one believe you were the victim of medical malpractice regarding a lung cancer diagnosis, you may be entitled to a settlement. Call our award winning lawyers at (800) 606-1717 or fill out the Free Case Review Form on the side of this page and a lawyer will be in contact with you shortly. We will listen to your story and advise you of your best options given your specific situation.
As always, our lawyers will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not pay anything unless we are able to obtain a settlement for you. There is absolutely nothing to lose so call us today!