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- 1 Legal Representation for Medical Malpractice Claims in Long Island and Beyond
- 2 Let our skilled injury lawyers help.
- 3 Proving Breast Cancer Medical Malpractice
Legal Representation for Medical Malpractice Claims in Long Island and Beyond
At Duffy & Duffy, our attorneys see many medical malpractice cases involving the misdiagnosis, side effects, or delayed treatment of a breast cancer diagnosis on Long Island and the surrounding areas. Breast cancer is an aggressive disease, but the harshest outcomes can often be prevented with early detection, information and appropriate medical care. The objective in treating breast cancer is to find and treat it before it causes serious symptoms. Nowadays, early detection and diagnosis often results in a better prognosis for a patient which may lead to eventual breast cancer treatment. However, not identifying the breast cancer early enough may result in multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, painful and prolonged treatments, or even a premature death.
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Seeking Damages Based on a Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
There has been significant breast cancer progress in terms of public education, ability to diagnose, and evaluation about the value of early breast cancer detection by patients through self-examination. Unfortunately, a woman may find a lump upon self-examination and may be told by her physician that it is not anything to worry about resulting in a breast cancer misdiagnosis. Many health care professionals are negligent in failing to make a timely cancer diagnosis. They may ignore warning signs and evidence or fail to order proper testing or diagnostic, such as mammograms or biopsies, or they may misread the results of a test or fail to follow up with the patient, this is a sign of malpractice. Furthermore, the discovery of breast cancer may require procedures such as a double mastectomy or the need for certain drugs and medications. The failure to detect the disease and its misdiagnosis in its early stages can result in breast cancer effects that progresses due to lack of proper treatment, with devastating consequences for patients and their families.
Proving Breast Cancer Medical Malpractice
A victim with breast cancer trying to prove a breast cancer misdiagnosis medical malpractice case based on failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis will need to prove that the actions of the doctor in question fell below the appropriate standard of care, and this breach of care caused an injury to the victim according to the law. The standard of care for a cancer diagnosis is usually defined as the level of precaution taken by a medical professional of similar training or experience when faced with the same situation. Both the duty itself and the question of whether the defendant breached it will require the testimony of an expert witness, who can be a doctor from a hospital or a medical professor.
One of the most challenging aspects for a lawyer of a failure to diagnose breast cancers case is showing that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the doctor or other health care professional’s failure to diagnose, rather than by the natural course of the cancer. There are a number of reasons why a physician might fail to diagnose colon cancer or misdiagnosed breast cancer. These misdiagnoses can include improperly examining the patient, failing to perform regular screenings in high risk patients susceptible to cancer, failing to recognize that a problem is indicated, failing to follow up with a patient’s complaints, failing to order the appropriate breast cancer tests or misinterpreting those test results and information that are taken, misdiagnosing a tumor as benign, or failing to follow up with the patient to order additional tests or refer the patient to a breast cancer specialist as needed following a diagnosis.
There is a specific time period within which patients harmed by the carelessness or a misdiagnosis of their doctors can bring a lawsuit by breast cancer malpractice lawyers in a New York court. If you do not meet this deadline, your pursuit of compensation by the law for a misdiagnosis probably will be barred. This makes it important to avoid any delay in your misdiagnosis by consulting an attorney or malpractice lawyer, who can help determine whether you have a claim to a misdiagnosis and seek damages, such as medical bills and pain and suffering, if you do.
Discuss Your Negligence Claim with a Long Island Attorney
The medical negligence lawyers and breast cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Duffy & Duffy are dedicated advocates for Long Island residents and other individuals who have suffered as a result of a health care professional’s failure to diagnose breast cancer and breast cancer symptoms, malpractice during surgery or delayed treatment of it. When you suspect that a physician has committed malpractice or wrongful breast cancer diagnosis, you should consult with an experienced attorney or cancer lawyers who can evaluate your case of misdiagnosis before hiring a medical malpractice law firm. We understand the stress you feel when you suspect a doctor whom you trust of harming you through careless actions. Duffy & Duffy represents individuals across the state of New York who may be suffering from cancer, including in Queens and the Bronx as well as Suffolk, Nassau, and Kings Counties. Contact us by calling (516) 613-2889 or submitting our online form to set up an appointment with our staff.
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