Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that appears in the cells of the cervix. Though not true for all cases, in many cases, cervical cancer occurs as a result of being exposed to HPV. While in many cases, the body’s immune system can kill off the virus on its own, there are times where the virus will survive for years, thereby causing some cervical cells to become cancer cells. That being said, cervical cancer can be treated, and sometimes cured, if caught at an early stage, however, if cervical cancer goes undetected, it may spread to other parts of the body and become a far more serious issue. If your doctor failed to diagnose cervical cancer when signs of such cancer should have been apparent, there is a very good chance that you are now looking to hold that doctor accountable for his or her negligent actions. Our firm is here to help. Please continue reading and speak with our New York City medical malpractice attorney to learn more about medical malpractice claims and how we can guide you through every step of the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do I know if I have a medical malpractice claim regarding my doctor’s failure to diagnose cervical cancer?
As long as you and your New York City medical malpractice lawyer can prove that the doctor in question owed you a duty of care, breached that standard of care by acting negligently (misreading lab results, drawing negligent conclusions about signs of cancer, or otherwise acting in a way that another reasonable physician would not have acted), and that you were harmed and sustained damages as a result, you should have a valid medical malpractice claim.
How long will I have to file a medical malpractice claim in New York?
In New York, there is a statute of limitations in place regarding medical malpractice claims. In most cases, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is 2.5 years, meaning you will have 2.5 years from the date of the negligent act, or the date that you discovered the negligent act to take legal action against the doctor in question. If you wait any longer than 2.5 years, you will most likely lose your right to sue. Time is of the essence, which is why it is so critical that you take legal action as soon as signs of negligence become apparent to you.
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