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Kingston Failure to Diagnose Cancer Attorney

We rely on medical experts when we are at our most vulnerable.  Most of us have no medical experience whatsoever.  When something goes wrong or appears to go wrong, we go to the doctor.  We trust that the doctor has the education, the training, and the experience necessary to identify the source of our ailments and that they will exercise proper care, judgment, and moral fortitude when doing so.  We trust that hospitals will put patient care over other concerns, such as limiting staff or testing to save money.  Unfortunately, hospitals are businesses, and medical professionals are people.

When a medical provider fails in its duty to provide proper care in accordance with the standards of the medical community, people get hurt, and people die.  If a medical provider fails to properly test for cancer when the signs are present or misunderstands the result of a diagnostic test, the effects can be severe and life-threatening.  Even a delayed diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice by way of failure to diagnose cancer in New York, the experienced and devoted cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, can help you and your family bring a medical malpractice claim.  Negligent or reckless medical care must be addressed, and your family deserves to be paid back for the hardship that medical malpractice has caused.  We can help.

How is Cancer Misdiagnosed?

Medical professionals are not perfect.  There is room for understandable error, as diagnosing an illness is not always an exact process.  There are, however, limits.  When a reasonable medical professional would have acted differently under the circumstances, and acting differently would have caught a cancer diagnosis much earlier, then the medical care provider failed in their duty to their patients.

Failure to diagnose cancer can happen for a multitude of reasons.  Some of the reasons that might give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit include, for example:

  • Ignoring patient complaints
  • Failing to read or fully appreciate a patient’s medical history
  • Failing to order appropriate scans or blood tests
  • Failing to perform a biopsy or other minimally-invasive test
  • Failing to screen at-risk patients adequately
  • Failing to refer the patient to a cancer specialist
  • Misreading the results of diagnostic tests such as X-rays or CT scans
  • Misdiagnosing a mass as non-cancerous, or incorrectly grading a tumor’s aggressiveness
  • Misdiagnosing an illness as something other than cancer

The Dangers of Delayed Diagnosis

Failing to diagnose cancer that should have been detected poses a serious risk to patients.  A patient may succumb to the illness before ever finding out that they had cancer.  Even if they are eventually diagnosed, the delay can be just as harmful.  Early detection and treatment can greatly increase a patient’s chance of mitigation and survival.  Delayed diagnosis means delayed treatment and a delay in lifestyle changes that could mitigate the effects or spread of cancer.

A cancer misdiagnosis attorney at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, can help you prove not only that you or your loved one was misdiagnosed, but also that the failure to diagnose caused actual, irreparable harm.  We will fight to ensure you and your family get justice for the injury caused, including compensation for your medical bills, lost income, loss of life enjoyment, and other damages.

Compassionate and Dedicated Legal Help for Cancer Misdiagnosis Malpractice

If you or your loved one has suffered from a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer in New York, contact the passionate, qualified, and effective Hudson Valley medical malpractice lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, for a free evaluation of your case, in Marlboro at 845-236-4411, or in Kingston at 845-331-4100.

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