As a parent, it can be terrifying when your child is sick. You want nothing more than to see your child feeling better and getting back to normal. However, in order for your child to recover, it is important that he or she be properly diagnosed. A misdiagnosis can deprive your child of the treatment he or she needs to recover. It can be devastating.
Accordingly, it is important to understand why pediatric cancers are sometimes misdiagnosed and why you may need a Kansas City medical malpractice attorney if your child has been hurt.
Potential Symptoms of Pediatric Cancer That May be Confused for Other Conditions
Many symptoms of cancer in kids mimic other, more common and less serious childhood illnesses. However, since the risk of cancer is present even for kids, and because the odds of surviving cancer increase with earlier diagnoses, it is important to be aware of the potential symptoms of cancer in children:
- Unexplained fever.
- Bone aches.
- Unexplained bruising.
- Unexplained bleeding.
- Weight loss.
It is important to remember that children, especially young children, may not have the verbal skills or the knowledge necessary to be accurate reporters of their own symptoms. Parents can help by keeping a close eye on their children and advocating for a full examination of any unexplained symptoms with their pediatrician.
When a Misdiagnosis of Cancer is Medical Malpractice
Not every pediatric cancer misdiagnosis is medical malpractice. However, a misdiagnosis may be medical malpractice if the doctor’s negligence caused the misdiagnosis. In other words, if the doctor failed to exercise reasonable care in making a diagnosis and your child was hurt as a result, then the misdiagnosis may have been medical malpractice.
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