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Failure To Diagnose Cancer

Failure to Diagnose Cancer Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix medical malpractice attorneys with office locations in West Valley, Tucson and Yuma helping victims of a missed cancer diagnosis.

It is a well-known fact that the key to becoming a cancer survivor rather than a cancer victim is early diagnosis and treatment. It is the responsibility of the primary care physician to ask appropriate probing questions and take serious any complaints that arise during an examination that might indicate the patient has an early form of cancer. It is especially important to biopsy any kind of growth or tumor that might be or become cancerous.  Contact an experienced and successful Phoenix, AZ based failure to diagnose cancer attorney if you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or death as a result of the failure to diagnose cancer.

The patient’s doctor should also ensure that regular screenings, such as mammograms, prostate cancer screenings, Pap smears, and colonoscopies are performed.

If there is even the slightest suspicion that cancer is a possibility, appropriate scans and a referral to a specialist are required.


  • A primary care doctor may fail to recognize signs of cancer
  • A doctor may not order appropriate screening tests
  • A doctor may not refer you to an expert
  • A doctor may misdiagnose the cancer as some other illness
  • A radiologist may misinterpret an imaging that shows a mass that turns out to be cancer
  • A pathologist may make an error in interpreting tissue samples

Sadly, these medical failures may cause intense suffering and wrongful death when early diagnosis and treatment could have stopped the cancer from spreading.

If you or someone you love has an advanced cancer because it was not diagnosed or misdiagnosed at an earlier stage, you may have a claim against the doctor who negligently failed to recognize it in time. You will need an aggressive and experienced failure to diagnose cancer attorney in Phoenix, AZ who is accustomed to handling failure to diagnose cancer claims. These cases can be difficult because even if you manage to prove that a doctor negligently failed to diagnose the cancer, the lawyers for the doctor’s malpractice insurance company will argue that the outcome would have been the same regardless of when the diagnosis was made.

Cancer misdiagnosis cases are challenging and expensive. Proving that the failure to diagnose your cancer caused a worse outcome than you would have otherwise had will require the testimony of medical experts to demonstrate that a cancer like yours would have been curable if caught at an earlier time and promptly treated.


The Phoenix medical malpractice attorneys at Wattel and York understand what it takes to prove a failure to diagnose case. We have medical experts available to analyze your records and testify on your behalf if they find that your outcome would have been dramatically improved with a proper and timely diagnosis.

For over 40 years, Wattel and York attorneys have helped malpractice victims and their loved ones pursue just compensation in Arizona, exercising their right to hold negligent health care professional liable for their errors and misjudgments. Monetary damages recovered from successful litigation can help recoup expenses from past medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, emotional anguish, loss of spousal support and companionship and other less tangible losses. A medical malpractice jury award or insurance settlement will also consider burial and funeral expenses, in the event that the plaintiff lost his or her life due to an untimely diagnosis.

Contact us today for a no-obligation free case evaluation and consultation with our Phoenix legal team. It costs nothing to get started, and you will owe us nothing unless we secure money for you and your family.

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