Legal Representation for Medical Malpractice Claims in Long Island and Beyond

At Duffy & Duffy, our attorneys see many medical malpractice cases involving the misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of breast cancer on Long Island and the surrounding areas. Breast cancer is an aggressive disease, but the harshest outcomes can often be prevented with early detection and appropriate medical care. The objective in treating cancer is to find and treat it before it causes serious symptoms. Nowadays, early detection often results in a good prognosis for a patient. However, not identifying the cancer early enough may result in multiple surgeries, 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 progress in terms of public education about the value of early detection by patients through self-examination. Unfortunately, a woman may find a lump upon self-examination but be told by her physician that it is not anything to worry about. Many health care professionals are negligent in failing to make a timely diagnosis. They may ignore warning signs or fail to order proper testing, such as mammograms or biopsies, or they may misread the results of a test or fail to follow up with the patient. The failure to detect the disease in its early stages can result in cancer that progresses due to lack of proper treatment, with devastating consequences for patients and their families.

Proving Breast Cancer Medical Malpractice

A victim trying to prove a 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. The standard of care 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 or a medical professor.

One of the most challenging aspects of a failure to diagnose 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 breast cancer. These can include improperly examining the patient, failing to perform regular screenings in high risk patients, failing to recognize that a problem is indicated, failing to follow up with a patient’s complaints, failing to order the appropriate tests or misinterpreting those test results 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 specialist as needed.

There is a specific time period within which patients harmed by the carelessness of their doctors can bring a lawsuit in a New York court. If you do not meet this deadline, your pursuit of compensation probably will be barred. This makes it important to avoid any delay in consulting an attorney, who can help determine whether you have a claim 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 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, malpractice during surgery or delayed treatment of it. When you suspect that a physician has committed malpractice, you should consult with an experienced attorney who can evaluate your case 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, including in Queens and the Bronx as well as Suffolk, Nassau, and Kings Counties. Contact us by calling (516) 394-4200 or submitting our online form to set up an appointment with our staff.

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