Radiology is a medical field in which physicians use x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to diagnose diseases in patients. Radiologic technicians, although they use imaging technology to determine a patient’s condition, do not perform surgery or practice medicine.
In a medical malpractice case, oncologist expert witnesses can review the facts and evidence to determine whether or not there was a departure from the standards of care. If there was malpractice, the oncologist expert witness can identify the exact instance(s) of malpractice to help you build a strong case for your client. If no malpractice is identified, you can close the case rather than pursuing a time-consuming and costly trial.
1) “Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Malpractice case”
Lung cancer: does the patient have cancer or is that scar tissue in the lung from tuberculosis or something else? The doctor has a duty to obtain any previous chest x-rays. If this is a “new lump” seen in the lung and the patient had a chest x-ray a year before and five years ago, which showed the same lump, it couldn’t be cancer because it hasn’t changed.
2) “Understanding cancer growth and delay in diagnosis for jury appeal”
Cancer grows in all directions; in three dimensions. When a chest x-ray shows a tumor, the report says “2×4 centimeters”, but that is only the two dimensional “view”. When the pathology report says “2×4 centimeters” or “2x4x3 centimeters” the jury’s mind does not calculate the volume or change in volume over time. Growth is the three dimensional volume change, and is most impressive.
3) “Prostate Cancer- delay in diagnosis, failed follow-up strategy”
Attorneys are often consulted by patients who feel that they have not been properly followed after cancer had been treated and that a recurrence could have been diagnosed earlier but was missed. Different cancers have different follow-up recommendations.
4) “Cancer pain management negligence”
Safe and effective chronic opioid therapy for chronic cancer related pain requires clinical skills and knowledge in both the principles of opioid prescribing and on the assessment and management of risks associated with opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion.
5) “Endometrial and Ovarian Cancer Survival Linked to Lack of Referral”
Will you help to improve the survival of the 65,000 women who develop endometrial and ovarian cancer each year?
6) “Emergency Room – Medical Malpractice”
The usual problem with emergency medicine is a missed diagnosis and the failure to call in a consultant. A patient with chest pain should have an electrocardiogram. If there is an index of suspicion of heart attack and even if the electrocardiogram is normal, the patient should be admitted to the hospital and observed in the coronary care unit with electrocardiogram monitoring. Under those circumstances, eighty percent of patients who arrive in a hospital with a heart attack leave alive. The major cause of death, in these cases, is an irregular beating action of the heart, an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation, which is treatable with drugs and electric shock.
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