Cancer, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and infection are just a few of the medical conditions that are sometimes incorrectly diagnosed. Your doctor may have evaluated your symptoms inaccurately or failed to give you the necessary tests to determine your condition. Often called “failure to diagnose”, this common form of medical malpractice could lead to severe injuries, large medical bills and, in some cases, death.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer
An estimated 41% of all Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. The New York State Cancer Registry statistics show that cancer is one of the most common chronic diseases in the state. There are approximately 110,000 New Yorkers diagnosed with cancer each year. Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is one of the keys to a successful outcome.
There are certain cancers that are detectable in an early stage by routine screening tests. For example, mammograms can detect early-stage breast cancer; colonoscopies can detect early-stage colon cancer; PAP smears can detect pre-cancerous conditions and early-stage cervical cancer; CT scans can detect early-stage lung cancer, and PSA blood tests can detect early-stage prostate cancer. If there is an opportunity to diagnose cancer and this opportunity is missed by a doctor then this “failure to diagnose” your cancer may be considered medical malpractice.
Although they may be leading the way in cancer research and provide excellent medical care to thousands of patients, there continue to be instances where doctors fail to diagnose at many of the top hospitals across the country, including locally in New York.
Top Ranking Cancer Hospitals in New York according to U.S. News and World Report
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
- Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Hospitals, New York
- Ney York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York
- Montefiore Medical Center, New York
- Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, Long Island
- North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, Long Island
- NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, Long Island
New York City and Long Island Lawyers Work Hard for You
At Sokolove Law we have over 40 years of experience helping people who were let down by those they trusted with their health. We have offices nationwide. Our New York-based lawyers extend into Long Island to allow for a personal, local connection. Knowing the state-specific laws and regulations is key to a positive outcome. Our New York lawyers may be able to help if your cancer, or a loved one’s cancer, was not correctly diagnosed.
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