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Long Island Colon Cancer Malpractice Attorneys Helping Patients Take Action Against Negligent Doctors
Colon cancer grows slowly and can take years to develop fully. If it is detected early through screening tests, such as colonoscopies and flexible sigmoidoscopies, this condition is frequently curable. Both men and women over 50 with no risk factors should have regular colonoscopies so that polyps or any other sign of cancer can be addressed quickly. Removing polyps before they become cancerous can halt the development and spread of cancer. People who do have risk factors, such as a family history of colorectal cancer, Crohn’s Disease, or Type 2 diabetes, may need to be screened earlier. At Duffy & Duffy, our medical negligence lawyers understand the anxiety that may arise when you develop colon cancer and are not sure whether a health care provider in Long Island or elsewhere acted with the appropriate care.
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Assert Your Rights After a Failure to Diagnose or Treat Colon Cancer
Many patients fail to follow through on the screening tests, and doctors cannot force them to appear to be tested. However, a doctor who fails to make appropriate recommendations or fails to diagnose colon cancer when faced with positive test results has likely committed medical malpractice. If you are injured by a doctor’s negligence, you can potentially recover medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, household services, lost income, and pain and suffering.
A medical malpractice attorney must consult an expert to determine whether there is a reasonable basis for bringing a case against the hospital or professionals allegedly at fault. The attorney must file a written certificate of consultation with an expert within 90 days of filing the complaint. The certificate needs to state that the attorney reviewed the case and consulted with at least one licensed physician, and because of the consultation thinks there is a reasonable basis for filing the lawsuit.
Among other things, the attorney and experts will consider whether a health care provider failed to recommend a colonoscopy or another screening test, whether the health care provider appropriately evaluated the colonoscopy or other test, whether polyps were detected and removed, and whether symptoms of colon cancer described or exhibited by the patient were recognized. If you have been injured by a medical professional, whether it’s a clear case of medical malpractice or a more complex case, our New York attorneys can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Consult a Long Island Lawyer for Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Patients rely on the guidance of their doctors, whom they expect to have greater knowledge of cancer than they do. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which health care professionals do not adequately investigate a patient’s complaints of rectal bleeding, misread the colonoscopy results, or fail to initiate further testing or a colonoscopy for people who are especially at risk. Failure to diagnose colon cancer in the early stages may be medical malpractice, and the Long Island attorneys at Duffy & Duffy can help you seek damages if your health care provider failed to diagnose your condition in a timely manner whether it be a stroke, colon cancer or many other conditions. We have assisted patients throughout New York, such as in Kings, Suffolk, and Nassau Counties as well as the Bronx and Queens. Set up an appointment with us by calling (516) 394-4200 or completing our online form.
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