New York City Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Lawyer

The only thing worse than discovering you have cancer is discovering it too late. When your breast cancer has gone undetected or untreated due to a doctor's or other medical professional's failure to diagnose the illness, you may have grounds upon which to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you have been the victim of the failure to diagnose breast cancer, lean on an attorney at our firm for help. Our legal team at Michael Gunzburg, P.C., in New York City has extensive experience handling complex medical malpractice and misdiagnosis cases, including those involving breast cancer and other types of cancer.

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What Constitutes A Failure To Diagnose?

When a breast lump is felt, doctors and radiologists have a duty to thoroughly examine the lump through any testing to fully understand the makeup of the lump. Doctors also need to conduct a thorough medical and family history examination to ensure all risk factors for breast cancer are addressed and taken into consideration, including:

  • Family members who have developed or died from breast cancer
  • Age of the patient
  • Child-bearing history of the patient
  • Environmental factors, such as previous radiation exposure
  • Dietary considerations, including high fat intake and foods high in hormones
  • Smoking and alcohol use

In many situations, lumps are dismissed as fibroglandular densities or benign tumors, among other harmless anomalies, even after a mammogram has been done and examined. With the trust we place in doctors, many women are left at this point to follow up on their own. Unfortunately, follow-up times can range from three months to a year, and any cancer may have metastasized by that point.

We recently secured $2.3 million for a 45-year-old Queens County woman after two physicians failed to diagnose her with breast cancer despite observing a large and obvious mass on her left breast. These physicians were found to be negligent in their duties and held responsible.

The Impact Of The Failure To Diagnose

Advocates for the prevention of breast cancer stress early detection and vigilance in self-exams, as well as full medical assessment of any breast anomalies. Unfortunately, many times cancerous tumors are being detected at later, less treatable stages. This puts the patient in grave danger. By the time they are discovered, it may be too late. These are devastating situations for patients and families, as they are left with very few options for addressing the cancer. In many cases, patients die as a result of the failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of breast cancer. Whether you have suffered or a loved one has passed away, we can help you take action against any and all negligent health care professionals.

Radiologists are the ones responsible for appropriately and correctly interpreting mammogram, ultrasound and other imaging. These professionals are the most frequently sued defendants in breast cancer medical malpractice suits. When these suits are settled, the payouts average more than $200,000, according to the Physician Insurers Association of America.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Rights

If you have any concerns that your cancer was missed during routine mammograms or other scans, talk to a lawyer at our office. Our firm is aggressive in pursuit of justice for you, your family and your future. Call us now at 646-569-9663 or 800-481-3154. You can also contact us online.