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Experienced Legal Help Following A Failure To Diagnose Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is now largely a preventable disease. When a colonoscopy is properly performed in a timely manner, benign polyps that could in the future develop into cancer can be discovered and removed. This preventative care can prevent cancer. Of course, the early detection and treatment of malignant tumors can also be beneficial, because surgery and chemotherapy can then be minimized while greatly increasing the chances of survival and cure.

Because colon cancer is often preventable, or treatable if caught early enough, victims of this disease may have a right to financial damages when doctors fail to conduct proper screening, make timely referrals to experts and provide treatment. Victims of malpractice for failing to timely diagnose colon cancer pay a terrible price — their health and sometimes their lives. Doctors who cause these injuries should be held responsible for their actions. At the Queens law firm of Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, our lawyers have handled dozens of cases involving the failure to correctly diagnose cancer and injuries sustained during the performance of colonoscopies.

Experienced In Investigating And Handling Colon Cancer And Colon Injury Cases

Each colon cancer and colon injury case is different. We have handled cases involving a broad range of differing factors and issues, including:

  • The failure to remove polyps in a timely fashion: Colon polyps usually take approximately five years to develop into cancer. When they are not removed and cancer develops, cancer victims may have a strong medical malpractice case.
  • When rectal bleeding and other possible symptoms occur, doctors often examine the throat and the rectum but fail to use high-speed CAT scans and cameras to examine the middle areas like the intestines and stomach. When cancer is missed due to inadequate exams, a medical negligence case may result.
  • Perforations of the colon caused by the careless use of medical instruments

Do you believe your doctor is not to blame for undetected or untreated colon cancer? New technologies have provided highly effective tools to help doctors find disease before it becomes too late. MRIs, CT scans, colonoscopies, endoscopies and other tests can and do save lives. When a doctor fails to use available tools or ignore or misread test results, injured deceased patients and their families should pursue a fair outcome with the help of a qualified attorney.

A Recent Case Illustrates Our Effectiveness In Handling Cases Involving The Failure To Diagnosis Cancer

In a recent wrongful death action our client’s deceased husband complained to his doctor of stomach pains and bleeding. The doctor did not refer the patient for a CAT scan in a timely manner.

The patient had colon cancer and the delay in surgical treatment allowed the cancer to worsen. The patient died during the law suit and we recovered a seven-figure settlement for his widow.

Not all malpractice involving the gastro-intestinal tract involves cancer. In a recent case our client’s husband died because his hospital failed to properly read a CT showing toxic mega colon, an often fatal distention of the colon, and failed to transfer him to a hospital where surgery could have likely saved his life. We recovered $2.4 million for his widow.

We have also handled medical malpractice cases involving strangulated colons, obstructed bowels, diverticulitis and other GI issues.

Medical Malpractice Legal Help in Queens Since 1950

For more information, please contact one of our three New York law offices for a free consultation. Our main office in Queens is located at the intersection of Union Turnpike and Queens Blvd., easily accessible by the LIRR, bus and subway.