New Jersey Cancer Related Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Failure to Diagnose and/or Properly Screen for Various Cancers
It is well recognized that with proper screening, certain malignancies can be diagnosed at an earlier stage. Some cancers, including those of the breast, cervix and colon, may be screened for with routine testing, allowing for diagnosis of disease at an early stage. It is this early diagnosis, and the ability to even identify precursors to these diseases, which permit a patient to seek and undergo treatment at a stage when the prognosis will be better. Essentially, earlier diagnosis and earlier treatment increases ones ability to have effective treatment, a better long-term prognosis, and even in some cases, be "cured".
Medical Malpractice claims involving a failure to timely diagnose cancer or its precursors and treat a patient accordingly typically involve a failure to perform proper and timely tests (such as fecal occult blood tests or a colonoscopy, which can help in the early diagnosis of colon cancer). In addition, a failure to properly interpret test results, causing a delay in diagnosis, is also the basis of a medical malpractice claim (such as a failure to appreciate abnormalities on a mammogram resulting in delayed diagnosis of breast cancer).
Blume Goldfaden attorneys have expertise in evaluating and pursuing medical malpractice claims regarding failures in the diagnosis of and testing for various cancers.