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Cancer Misdiagnosis

Representing Victims of Cancer Misdiagnosis Throughout New York City

Given the advances in science and medicine, many forms of cancer are now treatable if they are detected early enough, however a cancer misdiagnosis is life-threatening. Moreover, a delay in diagnosing or treating the disease can lessen a patient's prospects of surviving. If you have suffered because of a cancer diagnosis, or a loved one has died as a result of a delay in cancer treatment, you need a medical malpractice attorney who will fight for your rights.

Prime Law Firm represents individuals and families who have been the victims of cancer misdiagnosis in the greater New York area. Well-versed in the applicable medical malpractice laws, we have a proven track record of obtaining significant settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients. Our legal team has a proven history of successfully handling a wide range of cancer misdiagnosis cases involving:

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Melanoma/other skin cancers
  • Kidney cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Regardless of the type of cancer, treatment is most effective when the disease is detected in its earliest stages. Today, medical professionals have greater success by utilizing diagnostic tools such as mammograms, x-rays, and CT Scans, colonoscopies, and various blood tests — and failing to do so may give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit based on cancer misdiagnosis.

What are the causes of cancer misdiagnosis?

Despite the progress in cancer treatment, cancer misdiagnosis happens for a number of reasons. A physician may fail to take a patient's complaints seriously, misunderstand the significance of a patient's symptoms, fail to order diagnostic tests or perform preventive screenings. Doctors or technicians may also misdiagnose a malignant mass as benign or fail to discern the aggressiveness of the disease. Finally, lab specimens may be mislabeled or mishandled or become contaminated, which can easily lead to wrong diagnoses.

Although a physician, oncologist, radiologist, lab technician or another medical professional who misdiagnosed cancer may be held liable, having a valid claim requires proving the responsible party failed to provide the appropriate standard of care. This is the type of care that a similarly skilled practitioner would have provided under the same circumstances. Such proof often requires testimony from a medical expert about the differential diagnosis that a reasonably skilled physician would have conducted under the same circumstances. A differential diagnosis is one in which all the possible medical problems causing the patient's symptoms are compiled in a list. The physician then orders tests based on the list, eliminating each possibility until a definitive diagnosis is reached.

In addition, it is necessary to show that the doctor's misdiagnosis caused the patient harm that led to specific damages — pain and suffering, permanent disability, lost income, past, and future medical expenses, future hardship, and other losses that would likely not have occurred without the doctor's misdiagnosis

New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Although doctors are not miracle workers and cannot guarantee patient outcomes, medical professionals are held to high standards regarding negligence and misconduct. It is crucial for a physician to provide the appropriate standard of care by making an accurate and timely diagnosis of cancer. If a doctor rushes through an exam, misreads a lab tab result or radiological test, fails to order additional tests, or refer a patient to a cancer specialist, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit based on cancer misdiagnosis.

Prime Law Firm provides compassion, knowledge and aggressive legal representation to individuals and families who have been harmed by cancer misdiagnosis. We leverage our knowledge and experience to hold negligent parties — doctors, hospitals, laboratories, radiological companies, and others — accountable and help our clients obtain just compensation. We have a proven track record of success in cancer malpractice cases inside or outside of the courtroom, having recovered millions of dollars in damages for our medical malpractice clients.

A cancer misdiagnosis is not only life-threatening, but also a tremendous financial burden, and many patients and their families face mounting medical expenses as their health insurance coverage is rapidly exhausted. We offer caring, efficient services that are also cost-effective — initial consultations are free, and you will not pay any attorneys fees until we win your case.

Above all, your well being is our priority and we will also work to help you find the treatment and care you need through our esteemed network of physicians and specialists. If you lost a loved one due to a cancer misdiagnosis, we will consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Although no amount of money can replace a life, compensation can help you recover any losses arising from your loved one's treatment, loss of wages, final expenses and the emotional harm you have endured.

We are keenly aware that a cancer misdiagnosis will endanger your life as well as the well-being of your family. You may feel angry, confused and not know where to turn. Remember, we are here to help. Our attorneys have a well-earned reputation for being avengers of the injured and holding negligent medical professionals accountable for cancer misdiagnosis. At Prime Law Firm, we will always put your best interests first and never stop fighting for you. Please reach out to us by contacting our office today. The consultation is free and you will not pay any attorneys fees until we win your case.