Failure to Diagnose Cancer Attorney in NYC
Failure to diagnose cancer is a common type of medical negligence. If you believe that your health care provider missed the early signs of cancer due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact New York failure to diagnose lawyer Mark L. Bodner for a free consultation.
Failure to diagnose cancer
When it comes to treating cancer, time is of the essence. The later a cancer is diagnosed, the more difficult it is to treat. Yet, despite the advances of modern medicine, health care providers often fail to diagnose cancer at an early stage. Unfortunately, the failure to diagnose cancer can be a result of medical negligence. Some examples of medical neglect that can lead to the failure to diagnose cancer include:
- Failure to order proper tests
- Failure to heed patient’s complaints
- Misinterpretation of test results
- Delay in referring a patient to medical specialists
Consequences of failing to diagnose cancer
A patient’s quality of life and survival depend on how early the diagnosis of cancer is made. A failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner can have devastating consequences including a progression of cancer to a more advanced stage, a shortened life expectancy, and even death. A medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose cancer has been extended. Generally, the statute of limitations is 2 ½ years from the date of the alleged malpractice. Instead, now a patient who sues for medical malpractice now has 2 ½ years from the date of the discovery of the malpractice as long as the wrongdoing occurred in the last 7 years.
Common types of undiagnosed cancer
Below are some common types of cancers that can be successfully treated in their early stages yet are commonly missed due to medical negligence:
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Renal-Kidney Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Skin Cancer
Living with undiagnosed cancer
A failure to diagnose cancer can have a range of outcomes, including a progression of cancer and death. In cases where the patient survives, the victim and their family may have to adapt to a new way of living and wages may be lost. A highly competent team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and counselors may be needed to assist in the victim’s recovery. While some individuals return to their pre-cancer way of living, others struggle with permanent disability, chronic pain and suffering and shorter life spans. In cases where the victim dies, the family is left with the loss of a loved one as well as the loss of financial support, funeral and medical expenses, loss of inheritance, and if children are involved, the loss of nurture and guidance from their deceased parent. A competent medical negligence lawyer can help you fight for your rights to obtain financial compensation.
Contact our firm
Mark L. Bodner, P.C. is a New York medical malpractice law firm that has successfully represented many victims and families who have been forced to deal with the impact of a failed diagnosis of cancer. We are familiar with the special issues and complexities that are involved in this area of the law and draw on our extensive experience to represent clients in and out of the courtroom. If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of a failure to diagnose cancer, contact our firm.