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Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Doctor making a mistake where the victim will file a Long Island failure to diagnose cancer lawsuit.

While contracting cancer is out of your control, the key to surviving cancer is early detection, diagnosis and treatment. When family physicians, radiologists or oncologists fail to diagnose cancer, that patient may be deprived of a chance to beat the disease. The person may suffer needlessly and be robbed of precious months or years of life.

If your health has been compromised or your loved one died because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer, The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, can help. We have brought successful lawsuits against physicians and hospitals for delayed diagnosis or cancer misdiagnosis. You fight the cancer. We will fight for YOU.

Did a Doctor Miss the Signs of Cancer or Reach the Wrong Conclusion? Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We handle medical malpractice on Long Island and across New York City. Se habla español.

Nassau County Malpractice Lawyers · Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Undiagnosed cancer is one of the most common medical malpractice claims. But not every misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is grounds for malpractice. There are many considerations, including the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, the symptoms and what the doctors did or didn’t do.

Our experienced legal team has recovered millions of dollars in medical malpractice verdicts and settlements, including cancer malpractice. We have the resources and the resolve to take cases all the way to a jury when necessary. We know how to investigate to reveal the carelessness, incompetence or cover-ups that contributed to our client’s tragedy:

  • Dismissing patient complaints
  • Failing to order appropriate scans or blood tests
  • Failing to perform a biopsy, colonoscopy, etc.
  • Failing to refer the patient to a cancer specialist
  • Misreading of X-rays, CT scans and other diagnostics
  • Misdiagnosis as something other than cancer

A false diagnosis of cancer can lead to unnecessary treatment, such as mastectomy, amputation or radiation. A misdiagnosis as something other than cancer can result in harmful treatments as well as the lost opportunity to aggressively treat the real disease.

Demonstrating the Harm in Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer

Sometimes it is not enough to show that the physician ignored signs or failed to follow up. To win damages, we must show that a timely diagnosis would have lead to a significantly better outcome.

Some cancers, such as pancreatic, ovarian or small-cell lung cancers, have a dismal prognosis even when they are detected in early stages. This makes it more difficult to collect damages. We focus on the clear negligence and the fact that our client never had a chance to beat the odds or benefit from the slight advantage of earlier diagnosis.

The most commonly misdiagnosed cancers — colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer — are considered very treatable in the early stages. Once the cancer has metastasized (spread to the blood or other organs), the treatment options and chances of survival are greatly reduced. We pursue maximum compensation for the medical care and lost income, and for the patient’s pain and suffering, shortened life span, diminished quality of life, or premature death.

Long Island Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers

If you believe that the doctors failed to diagnose your cancer or save your family member, it costs you nothing to have your case reviewed by our medical experts. There are no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.

For a free consultation, call our New Hyde Park law firm at 800-758-4403 or contact us online. We speak Spanish and Russian.