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Elmira Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys

A diagnosis of cancer is something we all hope never to hear. However, when the possibility of cancer exists, prompt diagnosis of this disease can often make a positive difference in the patient’s outcome. When doctors or other health care providers fail to make that diagnosis correctly, the opposite is true – and many patients lose years of their lives each year when cancer is misdiagnosed. At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we represent New York victims and their families who have suffered because of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one in New York has cancer which was not properly diagnosed, you may have grounds for a legal claim against the doctor or hospital.  We Make House Calls.

Contact the New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, today for a FREE consultation or you can submit an online contact form.

The High Cost of Cancer Misdiagnosis

Most cancers can be treated much more successfully when they are caught at an early stage of the disease. Patients who are correctly diagnosed right away often have more treatment approaches available, and they can typically expect to live longer after the cancer has been treated. Unfortunately, there are many instances in which cancer is mistaken for another condition and the proper tests aren’t ordered. The patient loses valuable treatment time and simply may not have the same options once the disease is finally correctly diagnosed.

These mistakes can happen for a number of reasons – doctors may fail to pay enough attention to the patient’s description of symptoms, or they may simply fail to correctly analyze diagnostic tests. The most common cancer misdiagnoses include:

  • A cancerous (or malignant) tumor is identified as non-cancerous (or benign);
  • A cancerous lesion is missed in the biopsy procedure;
  • Failure to refer a patient to a specialist for further testing;
  • A malignant tumor is misclassified by type or aggressiveness;
  • Specimens are mishandled by pathology, or are improperly read or interpreted;
  • Failure to follow up with a patient if cancer should have been suspected;
  • Failure to adequately screen for increased-risk patients (age/ethnicity/family or personal history/gender);
  • Failure to understand or notice the nature of a patient’s complaints.

Regardless of the reason, cancer misdiagnosis takes a serious toll on the lives of our clients and their families. We understand that you depend on doctors to help you, not harm you or worsen your health – and when that trust is breached, there simply are no damages that can truly compensate you for what you have lost.

However, legal action can hold negligent health care providers accountable, and it can help you pay medical bills and prevent your family from suffering further financial burdens. Our firm’s goal is to provide quality legal services while treating each client with care and respect – and we understand that each case is unique. We help our clients decide whether it is more prudent to fight or to settle a case in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact Our NY Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one has cancer which was misdiagnosed, you need qualified representation from experienced New York malpractice attorneys – and our legal team is ready to help. We handle cases in Elmira, Binghamton, Watertown, Rochester, Syracuse and throughout the state.

Contact the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates for a FREE consultation or you can submit an online contact form.  We Make House Calls.

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