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Misread Pathology Slides Causes Missed Cancer Diagnosis

Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers handle cases involving misread pathology slides by a pathologist, physician, or lab.  The failure to properly read pathology slides of a patient can have serious consequences, including the crucial delay in diagnosing cancer or missed cancer diagnosis. This type of negligence can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Pathology slides have a key role in decisions made about the diagnosis and treatment of a patient. Unfortunately it is not an uncommon scenario for the slides to be misread.  In fact, in the past five years nearly half of malpractice claims at Harvard University’s medical institutions that resulted in serious patient harm or death were diagnostic errors, such as misread pathology reports. Evidence is also proving that second opinions on pathology slides from biopsies can lead to significant changes in a patient’s diagnosis or in recommendations for treating a disease. Therefore, the medical error of a doctor misreading a pathology slide is a serious mistake.

When a slide is not properly read, it can lead to significant damages to a patient, even death.  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.

Several types of cancers can be diagnosed with the use of pathology slides.  Some of the most common missed diagnosis of cancers due to misread reports includes:

  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Salivary-gland Cancers

If you or your loved one had a missed cancer diagnosis due to a misread pathology slides, you should contact our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers today to discuss your case. Patients who suffer serious harm due to the failure to properly read a pathology slides can pursue a case against the negligent medical professional. In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Call today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys.  These cases can be quite complex and require the experience and knowledge of a qualified medical malpractice attorney. Call now for your free, legal consultation and we will determine whether or not you have a possible medical malpractice claim.