Failure to Diagnose Cancer in New Jersey

August 21st, 2013 by Wapner Newman

One of the most common forms of medical malpractice in New Jersey is the delayed diagnosis of a life-threatening illness. For cancer, as well as many other diseases, early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment and greatly increases the chances for recovery. If cancer is misdiagnosed or not detected until late stages, the results can lead to extended chemotherapy or radiation, as well as death.

If you have been misdiagnosed or your cancer diagnosis was delayed, please contact the law firm of Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller or call 1.800.LAW.6600 (800.529.6600) today to schedule a free initial consultation with our medical malpractice attorney.

Cancer Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

Failure to diagnose cancer may occur because your physician read the results of a test wrong, is dismissive of your concerns, or simply out-and-out negligent. Failing to investigate suspicious skin growths or order tests that are indicated happen far too often. Aside from your primary physician, other medical professionals may fail to read X-ray or other imaging data correctly, or may misinterpret results of a biopsy or other test. All of these situations can lead to a late diagnosis, or to attributing the symptoms to something else, such as a mundane allergy.

Regardless of the cause of your late diagnosis or misdiagnosis, complications, physical suffering, or even death can be the result. The American Cancer Society states that a delay of even three months for a cancer diagnosis greatly increases the mortality rate, and usually results in the need for more aggressive forms of expensive treatment.

The law firm of Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller serves the Philadelphia and Allentown areas of Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey. If you have questions about cancer misdiagnosis, please speak with our  experienced medical malpractice attorneys to schedule a free consultation today.