My brother developed a sarcoma and later died. Can I sue his doctors?

04 Apr 2017

Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer, and can be fatal. The most common form of cancer is carcinoma. Sarcoma grows in connective tissue, and sarcoma tumors typically occur in the bones, muscles, cartilage, nerves, fat, tendons or blood vessels. The two main types of sarcomas are soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcomas.

One thing that makes sarcomas, particularly soft tissue sarcomas, so dangerous is that they can be very hard to spot. They can grow anywhere in the body. In most cases, a lump is the first sign. The lump is often painless. As the lump grows, it may press against something which can make the victim uncomfortable. Unfortunately, there are no tests that can find these tumors before they cause other symptoms. If your doctor believes you may have a sarcoma, there are a number of tests that can be done to diagnose it. Sarcomas can be treated through chemo or radiation or surgery.

If your brother died from a sarcoma, his legal options would depend on a number of factors. First, in an unusual situation he may be able to sue any person or party that was responsible for causing the sarcoma. That would be unusual, but in some rare situations sarcomas can be caused by exposure to radiation. If he worked for an employer that exposed him to radiation that employer could be held liable. The other way a party could be legally liable for his sarcoma would be if he received poor medical care. If a medical provider should have diagnosed the sarcoma and didn’t, or if he received poor care, the doctor or hospital could be liable for medical malpractice.

Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney at 310-385-0567 if you believe that someone is responsible for your loved one’s death due to medical malpractice. My team has a great deal of experience in helping clients who have been injured by a medical professional. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.