New Jersey Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Lawyer
New Jersey Attorneys Fight for Clients Harmed by Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Caused by Medical Malpractice
With recent advances in medical science, it is possible to successfully treat many different kinds of cancer if they are detected early enough. If cancer is not timely diagnosed, a patient can face a longer, more painful, more costly treatment to fight the disease, and may face a less optimistic prognosis. If a diagnosis is delayed for too long, a person may miss out on the window to be able to even successfully treat their cancer. When a delayed cancer diagnosis is caused by the negligence of physicians and other healthcare professionals, the patient may be entitled to compensation for the additional expense of treatment, increased pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life that results from the delay in diagnosis.
The New Jersey delayed cancer diagnosis attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have helped individuals throughout the state who have suffered physical and emotional harm as a result of delay in their cancer diagnosis caused by the negligence of healthcare providers. Our lawyers leave no stone unturned to identify the parties responsible for your delayed cancer diagnosis and prove how the delay in your diagnosis has caused you injury. Contact our firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our New Jersey delayed cancer diagnosis attorneys.
Causes of Delayed Cancer Diagnosis in New Jersey
A delayed cancer diagnosis can be the result of any number of incidents of negligence by healthcare providers. Some of the common causes of delayed cancer diagnosis in New Jersey that our attorneys see include:
- Failure to obtain full patient history – Physicians and their medical staff may fail to obtain a full medical and family history from a patient. As a result, a physician may not know that a patient has certain risk factors in their family or medical history that would cause a reasonable physician to consider cancer as a diagnosis.
- Failure to include cancer on the differential diagnosis – Physicians diagnose diseases and conditions through a process known as differential diagnosis. Differential diagnosis begins by making a list of all diseases and conditions that fit a patient’s symptoms, and then running tests to exclude potential diagnoses or confirm other ones until the correct diagnosis is left. A physician may erroneously leave cancer off a differential diagnosis when the patient’s symptoms would warrant its inclusion.
- Premature exclusion of cancer from the differential diagnosis – During the differential diagnosis process, a physician may prematurely remove cancer from the list of possible diagnoses, perhaps erroneously concluding that another disease or condition on the list is far more likely to be the correct diagnosis
- Failure to order appropriate tests – A physician may fail to order tests that would either lead the physician to suspect the presence of cancer or would confirm a diagnosis of cancer.
- Improper laboratory testing – Lab technicians may negligent perform tests, which can give physicians erroneous results that cause them to make incorrect diagnoses.
- Erroneous interpretation of test results – A physician may also erroneously interpret the results of a correctly performed test, which can cause the physician to make an incorrect diagnosis.
- Failure to consult with appropriate specialists – A physician may fail to order a consult with specialists, such as oncologists or radiologists, who might be able to provide the insight and knowledge necessary to correctly and timely diagnose a patient’s cancer.
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari Help Victims of Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Seek Compensation for Their Injuries and Damages
When you are the victim of a delayed cancer diagnosis, you need a law firm who will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the financial compensation and justice you deserve. At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, we have helped clients obtain millions of dollars in recovery after suffering from delayed cancer diagnoses. Our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to vigorously pursue a delayed cancer diagnosis claim. We work with respected medical experts to review your records to identify the parties who were responsible for the delay in your cancer diagnosis and to demonstrate how the delay in your diagnosis has harmed and injured you. We will take on the difficult and time-consuming task of negotiating with hospitals and insurance companies to try and obtain a full and fair settlement of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. If necessary, we are prepared to fight your case in your so that you get the compensation that you need and deserve.
Contact Our New Jersey Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Lawyers to Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Legal Rights and Options
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a delayed cancer diagnosis in New Jersey, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the additional medical expenses and unnecessary pain and suffering you or your loved one have experiences due to the delay in your diagnosis. Contact the delayed cancer diagnosis attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari today to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Frequently Asked Questions about Delayed Cancer Diagnosis in New Jersey
In most cases, your physician will likely be responsible for having caused your delayed cancer diagnosis. This may be due to the fact that your physician failed to include your cancer in the differential diagnosis, improperly eliminated cancer from the differential diagnosis, failed to order certain tests that would have diagnosed your cancer, incorrectly interpreted the results of tests, or failed to consult with specialists such as oncologists.
Of course, there are many other people who are involved in the cancer diagnosis process, such as nurses, specialist physicians like oncologists or radiologists, and laboratory technicians. Negligence by any of these healthcare professionals can also cause or contribute to your delayed cancer diagnosis. For example, a laboratory technician may negligently perform a test, which can lead to your physician receiving incorrect results. Our New Jersey delayed cancer diagnosis lawyers can review your case and determine which party or parties may be responsible for your delayed cancer diagnosis.
The length of time that it takes to resolve a legal claim for a delayed cancer diagnosis depends on many factors. If the responsible healthcare providers accept liability for your claim, it may be possible to settle your case in a matter of months once your monetary damages are calculated. If a settlement cannot be reached with the other party, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to assert your claim. A lawsuit can take as long as two to three years from filing to verdict, largely dependent on the scheduling and availability of the court.