Even when detected early, cancer is obviously a very serious diagnosis and a very difficult road for a victim. Treatment usually results in surgery or multiple surgeries, radiation treatment, chemotherapy, other medication regiments, therapy, and other treatment. It is a draining, extensive, and painful course for any patient—particularly when the cancer is already prolific. With stage one being the most treatable, and stage four being the mot severe and difficult to treat, it is imperative for a healthcare provider to timely and aggressively treat the cancer.
However, when a patient presents to a doctor with several health problems and none are properly evaluated by a doctor, or when a test is misread, or when a clear diagnosis is missed, a patient’s cancer may be allowed to fester, grow stronger, and become irreparable. Time and early diagnosis is essential to catching and treating all cancers. Failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing is a deadly mistake.
A wrong diagnosis or missed diagnosis is a type of New York medical malpractice. A victim can be entitled to injuries from the increased damages. For instance, if a test was performed, misread, and would have yielded a diagnosis of stage one cancer, and the error was later discovered and remedied and the cancer was now stage four, the victim will be entitled for the enhanced damages. If the patient ends up dying from the diagnosis, this can result in a wrongful death case.
It is very difficult in a cancer misdiagnosis case to prove damages, however. This is why you need to have an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney who will fully investigate your claim. This also requires a litany of expensive medical experts to establish your condition, prove your damages, and establish liability for the negligent healthcare providers.
But the bottom line should be that negligent healthcare providers who fail to diagnose cancer and other very serious and potentially deadly health conditions should be liable for their mistakes. We go to doctors for treatment. When we have odd symptoms we can’t explain, we go to these medical professionals to diagnose us and tell us what is wrong with our health. When they fail to do that, and when it actually makes us worse off, they should be liable.
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