In the United States, cancer is one of the leading causes of death. The key to improving your odds of beating this serious disease is catching cancer early in order to begin treatment. Unfortunately, thousands of people experience a missed cancer diagnosis each year due to their doctor's negligence or failure to diagnose their illness properly. If your physician recently missed a cancer diagnosis during a medical appointment, you may have grounds for a Georgia medical malpractice claim.
By contacting a Villa Rica law firm, you increase your chances of winning your Georgia medical malpractice case in order to recover damages for your lost wages, medical complications, and pain and suffering.
An Overview of Cancer
Cancer is a broad term used to describe a group of diseases that are caused by the growth of abnormal cells in the body's tissue or organs. Typically, older and damaged cells quit dividing and die, and are then replaced by young, healthy cells. However, when old, damaged cells keep dividing and multiplying, they can cause a malignant tumor or other abnormalities within the body that affect the organ or tissue's functions.
Cancer cells grow so uncontrollably that they can destroy healthy cells and even continue to spread into other parts of the body. Known as metastasis, the spreading of cancer cells can interfere with the body's necessary vital processes and functions, leading to death.
Common types of cancer include:
- bladder cancer;
- breast cancer;
- liver cancer;
- lung cancer;
- prostate cancer;
- thyroid cancer; and
- skin cancer.
Because cancer cells can take over important organs and tissues, potentially leading to death, a missed cancer diagnosis must be taken seriously. By contacting a Georgia medical malpractice lawyer and filing a Georgia medical malpractice claim, you not only could receive a settlement for your condition, but also your doctor could be punished for his or her failure to act.
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