Failure to Diagnose Cancer Malpractice

pexels-photo (1)Representing NJ Clients Who Face a Failure to Diagnose Cancer

When someone finds out they have cancer, his or her life has changed forever. When the prognosis is poor and they have to face their mortality, it is overwhelmingly traumatic. Unfortunately, there are many patients who face this reality. When the terrible news of cancer is crushed by the news that the outcome may have been different had the diagnosis come earlier, it can be even more painful. Unfortunately, this continues to be a problem. Every year, doctors fail to diagnose cancer, leading to further complications, unnecessary physical suffering, and deaths. Some cases of failed diagnosis can include breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and brain cancer. Failure to diagnose cancer allows for the cells to grow, sometimes to an unmanageable level. If you or a loved one face a failure to diagnose cancer, you need to consider how to proceed. Our firm is proud to be a service to people who face this reality. We are passionate about seeking justice for our clients. We understand that you are going through an overwhelming hardship. If you need our legal services, contact Cohn Lifland today.

Reasons for a Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Unfortunately, failure to diagnose cancer is something people face every day. The reasons behind the failure may lead to medical malpractice lawsuits, including:

  • Misread results
  • Incorrect diagnostic test or tool
  • Diagnosing the wrong patient
  • Failure to read symptoms
  • Failure to apply due diligence when uncertainty remains

If you believe that a doctor did not meet or exceed the medical standard, you may have a case of medical malpractice.

Signs That You May Have a Medical Malpractice Case

You may have a case for medical malpractice if the diagnosis leads to the worsening of your condition. Obviously, if your doctor misdiagnoses your illness and the cancer spreads, you may have a case of negligence. If you notice a quick change in treatment, your doctor may have realized the mistake and tried to cover up the failure. If the information about your prognosis changes drastically from what you have been told, you need to consider the possibility that someone made a grave mistake. If the doctor or facility avoids answering your questions or you have been asked to sign any papers you don’t understand, contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Misdiagnosis Does not Always Mean Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals make mistakes that don’t always constitute medical malpractice. In order for a case to be actionable, damage was suffered, the doctor-patient relationship must exist, the medical negligence must have occurred, and actual loss occurred. To meet the legal standard for negligent care, a doctor must not have met the medical standard of care. To test this, expert testimony must often be used to prove your doctor departed from accepted medical practice.

Contact a Bergen County Law Firm to Represent Your Needs

Unfortunately, there are many cases where a failure to diagnose cancer has led to more complicated treatments and death. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a doctor’s failure, you should contact Cohn Lifland immediately. We work with victims and the families of victims of medical negligence. If a doctor has failed to diagnose your cancer or the cancer of a loved one, we are ready to assess your case and guide you through your legal options. If you have a medical malpractice case, we will passionately represent your matter. We are dedicated to our clients. We will seek justice that can award you with damages that can cover medical bills and much more. If you need our legal services, contact Cohn Lifland today.  


Barry A. Knopf

Richard A. Schnoll

Cohn, Lifland, Pearlman, Herrmann and Knopf LLP