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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Cancer used to be fatal, no matter how slow-spreading it was. Now, many forms of cancer are entirely cureable, with patients living in remission until the end of their days. While there are ongoing leaps forward in curing cancer every year, there are plenty of worse-case scenarios that occur simply due to medical negligence. If you believe that you or a loved one are a victim of malpractice, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center medical malpractice lawyer Michael Gunzburg, P.C. can review your case and tell you whether wrongdoing occurred.

Diagnosis Errors

Misdiagnosing, failing to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis of cancer can be a life and death mistake, particularly among fast growing types of cancer. Diagnosis errors make up the leading cause of oncology malpractice claims, because early diagnosis is key in treating cancer. In some cases, a patient whose oncologist misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose cancer may have to suffer more extreme types of treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation, where they could have had a relatively simple surgery had early detection occurred. In other cases, a delayed diagnosis can be fatal.

Surgical Errors

Surgery always comes with risks. Some cancer surgeries are relatively simple, and pose little risk to the patient, while others are highly risky and should only be performed when the patient has no other option. If you or a loved one were seriously injured during surgery, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Similarly, if a patient is not harmed during surgery but the purpose of the surgery was unsuccessful (not all of the cancerous tissue was removed), the surgeon/hospital can also be held at fault for a patient’s poor long term outcome.

Other Types of Medical Malpractice

Other examples of medical malpractice that may have occurred at Memorial SLoan Kettering Cancer Hospital include:

  • Overtreating with chemotherapy or radiation (overly aggressive)
  • Undertreating with radiation or chemo (overly conservative)
  • Improper administration of medication
  • Infections picked up at the hospital due to unsterile equipment, tools, surfaces, bedding, room, etc.
  • Failure to inform or educate a patient on their condition or their options for treatment
  • Failure to perform certain tests
  • Failure to interpret test results, such as MRIs or blood work
  • Failure to perform genetic testing
  • Delayed treatment of cancer (diagnosis was made in a timely manner, but treatment or surgery was postponed for one reason or another)

Call a Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

No amount of compensation can erase or smooth-over the harm that was done to you or your loved one. A medical malpractice lawsuit may not even prevent another patient from being treated by the doctor or healthcare provider who erred. However, a lawsuit may be the only form of justice that you receive. Furthermore, the compensation that you may be owed can go a long way in alleviating your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center medical malpractice lawyer Michael Gunzburg, P.C. today at 212-725-8500 to schedule a free consultation.

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