What Happens if My Doctor Misses My Ovarian Cancer?

Diagnosing any type of cancer in its earliest stages is a critical part of treatment. Unfortunately, there are times when physicians will ignore or fail to recognize certain key warning signs of certain ailments, including cancer. If you have ovarian cancer and your doctor failed to diagnose it timely, incorrectly diagnosed it, or failed to diagnose it altogether, you may wonder whether you have a valid medical malpractice claim against your doctor. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned New York City medical malpractice attorney to learn more about the failure to diagnose ovarian cancer and how our firm can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the signs of ovarian cancer?

As with most types of cancer, there are several potential warning signs of ovarian cancer. Just some of those potential signs are as follows:

  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvis
  • A feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite, leading to weight loss
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Fluid or a lump in the abdomen

Of course, demonstrating one or some of these signs isn’t always indicative of cancer, but these signs should be cause for testing and analysis. When doctors fail to observe these signs, patients can sustain serious, sometimes irreparable harm as a result.

What if my doctor failed to diagnose my cancer?

If your doctor failed to diagnose you with ovarian cancer, you may wonder whether you have legal recourse available. If we determine that your doctor failed to recognize or diagnose your cancer when another reasonable doctor likely would have, there’s a strong chance you’ll have a valid medical malpractice claim. That said, the second part of these claims is that we’ll have to determine whether you incurred damages as a result of the doctor’s failure to diagnose your cancer. Examples of damages include diminished health, allowing your cancer to spread due to a lack of diagnosis, the cost of medical treatment to remedy the issue, pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, emotional anguish, and more.

If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice and you need a competent and compassionate attorney in your corner, reach out to Mark Bodner, P.C. today to learn more about how we can assist you.

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