ABC News recently reported that a young woman was diagnosed with cancer in her early twenties and was forced to undergo extensive chemotherapy and an unnecessary hysterectomy after a blood sample taken during a routine pregnancy test yielded a positive result, yet the doctor could not find a fetus. Elevated levels of a particular hormone linked to cancer led the doctors to refer the patient to a cancer specialist who recommended the aggressive course of treatment even though there were no signs of a tumor. After months of chemotherapy and a hysterectomy the doctors determined that the woman did not have cancer, and was left unable to bear children. The woman has filed a $16 million lawsuit against the hospital where she was treated and the company that makes the pregnancy test on which her initial diagnosis was based.
Unfortunately, stories like the above are all too common. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been mistakenly diagnosed with cancer it is imperative that you call an experienced New York personal injury attorney right away. Doing so can preserve your rights and help you decide the best course of action in a stressful and trying time.
Why do I need a Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer?
We are taught that medical professionals are extremely intelligent people who spend years honing their craft, and should therefore be trusted implicitly. Unfortunately, many doctors are extremely busy people working long hours, and are prone to human error. Such errors can lead to catastrophic results for patients. Nevertheless, cancer misdiagnosis cases involve complex legal and scientific issues and complicated sets of facts. An experienced attorney can help you sort through the mountain of facts and determine what to do next.
A cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or product manufacturer takes improper action or makes an error that constitutes negligence. In the doctor’s case the negligence is also professional malpractice. The damages incurred from a cancer misdiagnosis case can reach significant levels, as one would imagine after he or she goes through the ordeal of unnecessary treatment (or conversely failure to receive necessary treatment). Recovering for damages from a cancer misdiagnosis will not change the fact that the error occurred, nor substitute for the suffering that took place. However, consulting with an experienced attorney can lead to a certain degree of peace of mind, knowing that someone is there to fight to aggressively recover for the wrong that took place.
Contact NY Personal Injury Attorneys Peters, Berger, Koshel & Goldberg, P.C.
Misdiagnosed cancer can result in a lifetime of pain and loss to the patient and his or her family. If you have suffered due to a diagnostic error, it is important that you contact an experienced New York Cancer Misdiagnosis lawyer right away. The cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Peters, Berger, Koshel, & Goldberg, P.C., provide skilled, effective representation to clients who have been victims of diagnostic error. Contact Peters, Berger, Koshel & Goldberg today at (718) 596-7800 or 1-800-836-7801.