New Jersey Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Get Legal Help After a Cancer Misdiagnosis at an NJ Hospital
A diagnosis is a medical determination of what condition a patient is suffering from: (the act or process of identifying or determining the nature and cause of a disease or injury through evaluation of patient history, examination, and review of laboratory data — American Heritage Dictionary).
We all rely upon our healthcare providers to timely diagnose and treat our conditions. When it comes to the diagnosis of cancer, a correct and timely diagnosis is paramount and directly affects the patient’s options for treatment and prognosis (potential outcome).
In most cases, the earlier the detection and diagnosis of cancer, the better the prognosis. Contrarily, a delay in the detection of cancer can allow the disease to progress, worsening a patient’s prognosis and chances of survival.
Great strides have been made in “pre-cancer” and early stage cancer screenings. These screening tools have become standards accepted within the medical community as tests and procedures which greatly help reduce the incidence of missed detection and assist in earlier cancer diagnosis and treatment (if performed and interpreted correctly). Some examples of these screenings are: mammograms and manual breast examination (for breast cancer), fecal occult blood tests – FOBTs and colonoscopy (for colon cancer), PAP smears (for cervical cancer), and chest X-rays (for lung cancer). A failure to perform these and other tests, or not performing them in a timely manner (especially in light of family and individual medical histories), may constitute medical negligence.
In addition to a “failure to test” to make a timely diagnosis, there is also the potential that a healthcare provider may misinterpret the results of tests. Missed or misinterpreted suspicious masses on X-rays or abnormal cells on pathology slides and missed or misinterpreted calcifications on mammograms are just a few examples of how tests results may be misread. These failures in the interpretation of tests and their results may also cause a delay in the diagnosis and therefore in the treatment options available to patients.
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Blume Forte New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys work with experts in various medical fields to determine if cancers were timely tested for and diagnosed and, if not, to determine if delays in diagnosis caused a significant change in our clients’ treatment options, prognosis, and survivability. Blume Forte lawyers have successfully handled cancer misdiagnosis cases, including those surrounding a failure to timely diagnose and treat various cancers such as breast, colon, lung, testicles, cervix, uterus, endometrial, ovarian, skin, chest wall, esophagus, pancreas, soft tissues, kidney, brain and thyroid. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Cancer Misdiagnosis
The attorneys at Blume Forte collect contingency fees, which means you will only have to pay if your case wins. The attorney will collect a percentage of what is awarded to you. We offer a free case review to go over your claim and determine how strong your case is.
The aftermath of a cancer misdiagnosis can be devastating. It’s understandable that you would want to hold someone accountable for this mistake. Proving negligence in misdiagnosis cases can be challenging. It is important to hire a lawyer who can provide you with the necessary resources. At Blume Forte, we work with experts in the medical fields that can provide you with expert testimony for your case.
There are many factors that affect how much your case will be worth. Different kinds of damages result in different amounts awarded. Suffering from economic damages may allow you to be rewarded for loss of wages and medical bills. You can also be rewarded for general damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of a loved one. Speak with an experienced cancer misdiagnosis lawyer to get a better understanding of what your case may be worth. They will be able to give you an estimate based on your damages.