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Rochester Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers

At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, our cancer misdiagnosis lawyers understand the terrible consequences that follow a serious medical error, including an incorrect cancer diagnosis. If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a cancer misdiagnosis, we want to help.

Contact us today at for a free consultation. One of our New York cancer misdiagnosis attorneys will talk with you, advise you about your legal options, and answer any questions you may have during this confusing time.

We represent medical malpractice clients just like you throughout New York, including Rochester, Buffalo, and Watertown. We make house calls and can meet with you at your home or hospital in Rochester and surrounding areas if you’re unable to travel. We pledge to fight to get you the compensation you deserve!

Cancer Misdiagnosis Can Be Medical Malpractice

Successful treatment for cancer requires early diagnosis. Particularly when a serious condition such as cancer is involved, a diagnostic error – meaning a diagnosis that is missed, incorrect, or delayed – can mean the death of someone who might have been cured.

A report published by the Institute of Medicine in 1999 found that as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals. The Institute’s figures mean that more people die from medical mistakes than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

One patient safety organization similarly found that errors related to missed or delayed diagnoses are a frequent cause of patient harm and that diagnostic errors happen in every medical specialty.

In 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality identified diagnostic error as an area of special concern. Diagnostic error, it concluded, represents a large and costly part of all the types of medical errors that can happen. Cancer was among the conditions with the highest rates of misdiagnosis.

The results of physicians’ improper diagnoses can have profound effects on patients and their families. A wrong diagnosis not only can delay proper treatment for a disease such as cancer, but can result in unnecessary and potentially harmful, painful, and expensive treatments for the wrong condition. In short, untreated cancer can kill, and even innocent physician mistakes can mean that dangerous but curable cancers go untreated.

The most common types of cancer misdiagnosis happen when:

  • A physician incorrectly identifies a malignant (cancerous) tumor as one that is benign (non-cancerous)
  • A health care professional misses cancerous tissue during a biopsy (taking a tissue sample)
  • A health care provider fails to refer a patient to a specialist for further testing and treatment
  • A physician incorrectly classifies a malignant tumor as one that is less aggressive than it really is
  • A pathologist or pathology staff member improperly handles, reads, or interprets specimens provided for analysis
  • Health care providers fail to properly follow up with a patient where they should have suspected the patient might have cancer
  • A patient’s physician fails to screen properly for cancer where the patient has factors that place the patient at higher risk for cancer (such as age/ethnicity/family or personal history/gender)
  • A physician fails to understand or notice the full scope of a patient’s complaints.

Our Rochester Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys Are Ready To Fight For The Compensation You Deserve

If you have been seriously injured by a cancer misdiagnosis in New York, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. That means you may be eligible to recover damages under New York law, including compensation such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages in certain circumstances

We’re proud to have helped clients just like you secure medical malpractice damages for injuries suffered due to serious errors on the part of health care providers. Our Rochester medical malpractice attorneys are ready to do the same for you.

Contact Our Rochester Medical Malpractice Attorneys Now

At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we want to begin helping you with your cancer misdiagnosis claim and any other legal problems that might arise while your case is pending. You can call or use our online form. We will discuss your case at no cost to you.

We represent medical malpractice plaintiffs in Rochester and throughout New York, including Elmira, Syracuse, Watertown, Binghamton. Contact a Rochester medical malpractice Lawyer at our offices today.

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