Patients who have suffered a lung cancer misdiagnosis should not hesitate to contact a skilled lung cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in NYC. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States today. Less than a quarter of people who get lung cancer survive 5 years after diagnosis. Due to the high fatality rate associated with lung cancer, successful treatment relies on the cancer being identified in its earliest stages. Early and accurate diagnoses are often the difference between life and death. As a result, it is important that patients visit a doctor when they experience any lung cancer-related symptoms.
However, seeing a doctor does not necessarily ensure that a patient will have their cancer properly identified. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for doctors to misdiagnose their patient's lung cancer symptoms. In many cases, a doctor's misdiagnosis of a patient's lung cancer may be the result of negligence. If negligence was the cause of the lung cancer misdiagnosis, the sick patient may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit with the assistance of our lawyers.
Was A Doctor's Failure To Diagnose Or Misdiagnosis Of Lung Cancer The Result Of Negligence?
When a doctor is diagnosing a patient, they are legally obligated to use the same degree of care as another physician in the same field. When a doctor fails to uphold the medical community's accepted standard of care, they have acted negligently. The failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of lung cancer, however, is not necessarily the result of negligence. For instance, when a doctor misreads test results, they have not been negligent if another competent physician in the same field would not have been able to make a conclusive diagnosis either.
A lung cancer misdiagnosis may have been the result of negligence if it occurred due to any of the following:
The Doctor Failed To Order The Proper Tests. In order to properly diagnose lung cancer, doctors may order numerous tests, such as a chest X-ray, MRI or lung biopsy.
The Doctor Failed To Properly Interpret The Test Results. Failing to properly analyze test results can constitute negligence if another reasonably competent physician in the same field would have come to an accurate diagnosis.
The Doctor Misdiagnosed The Cancer. In some cases, the physician may diagnose their patient's symptoms as a different, less harmful disease.
The Doctor Failed To Account For The Patient's Medical History. A patient's personal and family medical history may be able to give a physician a good idea as to whether or not the patient is susceptible to cancer.
Sick patients should keep in mind that the combination of negligence and a lung cancer misdiagnosis is not necessarily grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In order to have grounds to recoup compensation, the sick patient must be able to show that the lung cancer misdiagnosis had an adverse effect, resulting in either economic or non-economic damages. For instance, if a patient's lung cancer is initially misdiagnosed, but it is still in its first stage upon being identified, they may not have grounds for a lawsuit since the cancer did not cause further illness.
What Can A Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer In NYC Do For You Following A Delayed Diagnosis?
Due to the complexity of medical malpractice lawsuits, patients who have had their lung cancer improperly diagnosed should retain a skilled attorney. Medical malpractice cases can be difficult because they require the plaintiff to show that their doctor acted negligently and caused them further harm. As a result, it is in the best interest of injured patients to hire an attorney with experience handling lung cancer misdiagnosis cases. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP, our lung cancer misdiagnosis lawyers have been defending victims of medical malpractice for over 60 years. Our attorneys understand the difficulties posed by a medical malpractice lawsuit. As a result, we hire medical experts who are esteemed by their peers to review our clients' medical records. After reviewing medical records, our experts will testify on our clients' behalves to help prove their doctors acted negligently and caused further damages. Our firm's ability to secure leading, board-certified physicians has led to numerous favorable verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice cases.*
How Do I Schedule A Legal Consultation Regarding A Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis?
If you or someone you love has suffered harm due to a lung cancer misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our lung cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in NYC, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese.