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Three Case Studies in Cancer Misdiagnosis

When our medical malpractice lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey speak with someone who has experienced a cancer misdiagnosis, the specifics are especially heartbreaking as time is of the essence when someone is battling a terminal illness.

Experts report that about 13 million people a year are misdiagnosed with cancer, a medical malpractice mistake that is always financially, physically and emotionally costly.

What’s more:

  • One out of every 70 cancer tissue samples tested nationwide are misdiagnosed, according to research conducted by The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Up to one in five cancer cases are misdiagnosed.
  • And as many as 98,000 patients die each year in the United States because of medical mistakes, according to the Institute of Medicine.

If you live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and feel you’ve been the victim of a mistaken cancer diagnosis, please contact Wapner Newman Attorneys at Law today to schedule a consultation.

Three Shocking Cancer Misdiagnoses Cases

Case Study No. One: Maryland resident Frank Barerra reportedly learned about his bad prostate cancer diagnosis at the very last minute. Barerra, who was 48 at the time, says that he was moments away from having his prostate removed when a second biopsy revealed the diagnostic mistake. “It was like waking up from a bad dream,” Barerra told ABC News. The upshoot of Barerra’s case is that patients are now urged to seek biopsy result confirmation from a second or third pathologist.

“I advise my patients to go to the top (medical center) in the region,” New York University Pathology Professor Marc Siegel told CNN about seeking second and third cancer diagnoses. “There’s more scrutiny, there’s more structure (and) there’s more vigilance at the top medical centers.”

Case Study No. Two: For Linda McDougal of St. Paul, Minn., the realization that a breast cancer misdiagnosis, or that “a tragic mistake” had occurred, as hospital officials put it, happened after she had already undergone a double mastectomy that resulted in multiple infections and more surgeries to correct the problem. Similar to the first case study outlined above, a pathologist was responsible for a paperwork glitch that lead to McDougal’s victimization.

Case Study No. Three: In a third tragic case, British national Jill Goodrum of Plymouth, England lost precious time in her breast cancer battle after her general practitioner initially diagnosed the woman with tennis elbow. It wasn’t until two years later that Goodrum learned that she had been carrying terminal cancer. She died at age 46.

If you live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and feel you’ve been the victim of a mistaken cancer diagnosis, please contact Wapner Newman Attorneys at Law today to schedule a consultation. We proudly maintain Pennsylvania offices in Philadelphia, Allentown, Conshohocken, as well as a fourth office in Marlton, New Jersey.