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Watertown Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys

Cancer is a life-threatening disease, but a diagnosis of cancer is not necessarily a death sentence. However, when doctors miss significant signs of cancer or misdiagnose symptoms for another medical condition, the consequences can be devastating.

If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of a cancer misdiagnosis, the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, serving clients in Watertown, New York, can help.

We represent victims and families who have been wronged by a health care practitioner’s medical error or misdiagnosis. Our firm believes that serving each client involves striking a balance between aggressive legal representation and compassion for others. Our attorneys will explain all of your legal options in a free consultation so that you can make an informed decision about whether to fight or settle your case to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. We will fight for you!

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The Importance of Early Diagnosis

Early detection significantly increases the likelihood of beating cancer.  A failure to diagnose the presence of cancer or a delayed diagnosis can result in more painful and extensive treatment than what would have been needed if the disease was discovered earlier. Even worse, it can result in death.

Cancer was the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2009, coming in just behind heart disease.  And ten years earlier, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report ranking medical errors among the top 10 causes of death nationwide, ahead of fatalities caused by vehicle accidents, AIDS and breast cancer. Other researchers have highlighted the difficulties in tracking the frequency of medical errors due to variances in incident reporting and identification systems. That said, one estimate suggests that as many as 30,000 diagnostic errors occur each year.

Despite various federal and private efforts to protect patients, the fact remains that many of those initiatives still haven’t done enough to prevent misdiagnoses and other medical mistakes.

The Impact of Cancer Misdiagnoses

Most physicians are not negligent on purpose. But even if the misdiagnosis occurred unintentionally, the impact of their error can result in long-term physical and emotional harm to patients and their families. Cancer kills – and a misdiagnosis can increase the frequency of death tremendously, depending on the type of cancer and stage of the disease. Not only that, a delayed diagnosis can affect other body organs and systems, creating new health problems that may have been avoided with proper treatment. All of these factors can cause unimaginable pain and suffering, not to mention financial burdens that are difficult for victims to overcome.

Cancer misdiagnoses can arise from a number of medical errors, such as mistaking a cancerous tumor for a benign one. Lawsuits involving cancer misdiagnoses have also stemmed from:

  • Missing a malignant lesion in a biopsy;
  • Failure to refer a patient to an appropriate specialist;
  • Misclassifying the type of tumor or its aggressiveness;
  • Mishandling specimens and incorrect interpretations of pathology reports;
  • Neglecting to follow up with patients when cancer is suspected;
  • Lack of appropriate screenings based on age, ethnicity, gender and medical history;
  • Failure to adequately address and explore the nature of the patient’s complaints.

Contact Our NY Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers Today

Let The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, handle your Watertown cancer misdiagnosis case. We work with medical experts, economists and vocational professionals who can assess your claim and prove how it has negatively impacted your life. Our firm will support you every step of the way and will assist in other legal matters that may arise throughout the duration of the case.

Experience counts. Our purpose is to help you obtain the compensation you deserve by demonstrating our commitment and providing quality and ethical legal representation.

For a no-cost case evaluation, call our attorneys serving Watertown, New York, or use our online contact form. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Elmira, Rochester and Binghamton.

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