Why a Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer May be Medical Malpractice in New York

Going to the doctor may not be your favorite thing to do, but you took time away from work and other, more enjoyable, activities for regular checkups and/or sick visits to address specific symptoms. You did this because you wanted to stay healthy for the longest possible amount of time. You did this trusting that your doctor would order appropriate screenings based on your age, family history, and symptoms so that appropriate diagnoses could be made.

When is Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer Medical Malpractice?

However, despite your vigilance in getting good medical care, it is possible that your colon cancer progressed to Stage 4 because of medical negligence.

Generally, the failure to diagnose colon cancer may be a result of medical malpractice if:
  • Your doctor failed to order appropriate screenings. Usually, colonoscopies are recommended after age 50, or earlier depending on an individual's family history and symptoms.
  • Your doctor failed to recognize potential symptoms of colon cancer and order diagnostic tests. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, rectal bleeding, constipation and unexplained weight loss.
  • Your doctor failed to remove polyps during a colonoscopy or other procedure. Polyps, left untreated, can result in colon cancer.

The Future with Stage 4 Colon Cancer and How a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer May Help

Stage 4 colon cancer can result in significant pain, invasive treatment and a decreased chance of survival. It is a serious condition that requires serious attention. If you suffer from Stage 4 colon cancer because a doctor failed to diagnose your disease at an earlier stage, then you may be entitled to damages. Damages may include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses and pain and suffering.

Please contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation about your legal rights and potential recovery.