An 85-year-old New York woman is suing a hospital for wrongly diagnosing her with stomach and lung cancer. According to a report in the New York Post, her doctors informed her she was terminally ill with cancer and set her up with in-home hospice care, which she utilized for two years. During this time, her husband left her and she became addicted to morphine. She even told her children she wanted to die because she was tired of living such a life. After the two-year nightmare, she went back for a test and found that cancer was never present, according to the complaint.
Cancer misdiagnosis can be catastrophic for a patient and his or her family. When patients are diagnosed with cancer, strong medications, i.e., chemotherapy agents that can have serious side effects are typically administered. Patients who are misdiagnosed with cancer suffer the potential long-term effects of these medications in addition to extreme emotional distress. Similarly, other unnecessary treatment, such as radiation therapy or surgery may also be administered.
If your doctor failed to diagnose your correct medical condition or if a misdiagnosis has occurred, you may have a legal right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against your healthcare providers for unnecessary medical expenses, adverse health effects, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you have been a victim of cancer misdiagnosis, contact the experienced New Jersey cancer misdiagnosis attorneys of Blume Forte to discuss your possible claim. Call us at 973-845-4421 for a free consultation and a thorough evaluation of the merits of your potential case.