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The medical malpractice lawyers at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC are available to review potential lawsuits on behalf of patients who are diagnosed and treated for the wrong type of leukemia. A misdiagnosis of the disease can be fatal. To learn more, contact our law office today.

Despite all the tools available to doctors, studies show that life threatening illnesses are misdiagnosed about 20 percent of the time. When a person is given the wrong diagnosis and treated incorrectly, it can cost his or her life. An example of this is a 4-year-old boy that was diagnosed with leukemia and treated with a strong course of chemotherapy. What the doctors failed to recognize, however, is that he had a rare form of the disease which could not be cured with chemotherapy.

The chemotherapy he was given masked his symptoms for about a month but then returned. And, because he was so weak, each course of chemotherapy put him at risk of death. According to an article published by The New York Times, the doctors who diagnosed him were concerned about dark spots on the boy’s skin (which are not typical of leukemia), but decided to move forward with chemotherapy anyways.

Who is Liable for Misdiagnosis?

In order for a leukemia treatment to be successful, it must start with an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, doctors and other healthcare providers are paid to perform tests and prescribe treatments. They are often overworked or in a hurry and details such as the young boy’s skin spots may be overlooked. When someone is diagnosed with the wrong type of illness such as the wrong type of leukemia, he or she loses valuable treatment time.

Misdiagnosis should not go overlooked. If someone in your family died as a result of being treated for the wrong type of leukemia, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the health care providers involved as well as the hospital in which the diagnosis was made. If negligence is found, you can recover compensation for your loss. While monetary compensation cannot reverse the damage that has been done, it can pay for the medical bills as well as other damages including physical and emotional suffering.

Symptoms of leukemia often resemble those of other conditions such as infection or the flu, so some patients are treated for another condition altogether.

Types of Leukemia

Leukemia is either acute or chronic and is categorized by the type of cells affected and the rate of cell growth. Acute leukemia is characterized by an abundance of immature blood cells. It can be fatal due to of the lack of mature blood cells which prevent anemia, infection and bleeding.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome is a condition in which the bone marrow fails to produce the right amount of normal blood cells; this can lead to acute myeloid leukemia. Myeloproliferative Disease (MPD) occurs when there are too many blood cells; this can develop into acute myeloid leukemia.

Chronic leukemia is characterized by too many mature blood cells. This type of leukemia is usually found in people between the ages 40 and 70.

Talk to a Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer

If you or a loved one doesn’t receive the right treatment due to a misdiagnosis, you should talk to a medical malpractice lawyer about your right to file a lawsuit for your damages. To speak with a Connecticut medical malpractice attorney about a leukemia misdiagnosis, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.