New Jersey Delayed or Missed Cancer Diagnosis Lawyers

In the battle against cancer, early detection and treatment is key to any chance of a successful recovery. Patients have the right to expect that their medical doctor will properly diagnose the signs and symptoms of their condition at the first possible time. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Perhaps your doctor didn’t ask the right questions, ignored your complaints, didn’t order the appropriate diagnostic or laboratory tests, or did not read the results of MRI, CT, or PET scans. If so, then your treating doctor, referring doctor, radiologist, or lab facility may have committed medical negligence.

A delayed or missed diagnosis of cancer can lead to the spread of the cancer to other areas of your body.  This can result in the need for more aggressive and invasive treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, surgery, or death, which could have been avoided had a timely diagnosis been made.  Survival rates are often diminished for victims of delayed or missed diagnosis of cancer.

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The delayed diagnosis lawyers at Shebell & Shebell are some of the most experienced in New Jersey.  We know that proving your case depends on us determining the cause of your delayed diagnosis.  We have decades of collective experience in conducting investigations and working with medical experts to uncover the truth.  We are motivated by a genuine desire to make a difference in our client’s lives, and recover the full amount of compensation they deserve.

Delayed Diagnosis: The Facts

It is estimated that approximately 40,000 cancer patients die every year as a result of delayed or missed diagnosis of cancer. This figure is even more frightening when you consider that most cases of delayed diagnosis are never discovered and go unreported.

Certain types of cancer are particularly susceptible to going undetected.  These include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

Mistakes That Result in a Delayed Diagnosis

Doctors go through years of medical school to learn how to properly diagnose common diseases like cancer.  They receive extensive training on recognizing signs and symptoms, and the appropriate tests to perform to confirm suspicions.  Today, with so many highly sophisticated tools at their disposal, such as mammograms, MRI’s, PET scans, CT scans, blood tests, and biopsies, doctors have a greater opportunity to diagnose a patient’s cancer at a time when treatment options will provide a greater chance of survival to patients.

Sometimes, a doctor will have taken all the appropriate steps towards making a timely diagnosis, but the lab or radiologist made an error. If something went wrong in the lab or radiology facility, the specialists working in the lab or radiologists may be responsible. At Shebell & Shebell, we will do our best to determine who may have contributed to cause of your delayed or mis-diagnosis.

Some other mistakes that can lead to a delayed diagnosis include:

  • Failure to attach appropriate significance to a patient’s complaints or signs of cancer
  • Misreading or not reading test results
  • Failure to order the appropriate tests
  • Failure to routinely examine at-risk patients
  • Mistaking a malignant tumor as benign
  • Mistaking a tumor for a cyst
  • Failure to refer a patient to the right type of specialist
  • Failure to examine and biopsy suspicious skin growths
  • Failure to order a mammogram when medically appropriate
  • A radiologist’s misreading or interpreting imaging studies
  • Misinterpretation of tissue samples
  • Not testing for (or failing to detect) elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA)

If your family doctor,internist, radiologist, gynecologist, or other treatment provider failed to recognize the signs of cancer or follow up on suspicious test results, you should contact us to consider your legal options. At Shebell & Shebell, we will investigate your medical records and diagnostic studies with the input of respected medical experts, to evaluate your case.  If we determine that your case has merit, we will vigorously pursue all legal avenues against those who are responsible. We also handle wrongful death claims for families whose loved ones were the victim of a delayed or missed diagnosis.

If you need help fighting back, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online.

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