New York Breast Cancer Malpractice Attorneys
Proudly Serving Clients in New York & New Jersey
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women, second only to some forms of melanoma (skin cancer). Data compiled by Breastcancer.org estimate that as many as one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and there will be approximately 276,480 new breast cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. this year (2020). This is in addition to an estimated 48,530 cases of non-invasive breast cancer. While breast cancer death rates have remained steady and, in some cases, dropped (in women over 50) in the U.S. over the past decade, breast cancer can still be incredibly harmful and potentially life-threatening if it is not detected and treated early.
Sadly, many cases involving delayed diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are the result of medical negligence. When health care professionals fail to uphold the accepted standard of care and, as a result, fail to diagnose breast cancer, patients can suffer serious and even fatal consequences.
If this happened to you or someone you love, turn to Simonson Goodman Platzer PC. For decades, our New York breast cancer malpractice attorneys have been fighting for the rights of victims of medical negligence, seeking justice for them and for their families. We have offices located in New York and New Jersey and are prepared to guide you through the legal process from start to finish.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
There are several different types of breast cancer, and the symptoms vary somewhat from type to type.
That being said, breast cancer symptoms often take the following forms:
- A noticeable lump located in the breast
- Tissue that has thickened or feels different from surrounding tissue
- Changes in breast size, shape, or appearance
- Changes to the nipple, including new inversion
- Skin issues, such as dimpling, peeling, flaking, redness, or scaling skin on the breast or on/around the nipple
If you notice anything unusual, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor should perform an evaluation and, from there, may order additional tests or refer you to a specialist. If your doctor does not believe that you need any further testing or treatment, do not hesitate to get a second opinion.
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
Health care providers should be aware of signs and symptoms of breast cancer, including less-common symptoms. While certain factors may increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer, doctors should not rule out breast cancer in patients who do not exhibit these warning signs.
Unfortunately, health care providers fail to diagnose breast cancer all too often. They may fail to order necessary tests or they may misread test results. Additionally, a radiologist or pathologist may act negligently, leading to mistakes in lab results and analysis or missed signs of cancer.
Women with dense breasts have always been at risk for false-negative mammograms and delayed diagnosis of cancer. One study found that in women with dense breasts, adding a simple breast ultrasound to annual screening can find almost 30% more cancers than mammograms alone. Of note, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves rather than radiation to image the inside of the breast, so that adding this test does not increase radiation exposure.
The key to fighting invasive and potentially lethal breast cancer, as well as other cancers, is finding it before it spreads to lymph nodes. Properly read mammograms and ultrasounds can help to make an early, life saving and perhaps breast saving diagnosis.
If you believe that you or your loved one suffered because of a medical professional’s failure to timely diagnose breast cancer or as a result of misdiagnosis, we can help.
Turn to a Trusted, Award-Winning Team
Medical malpractice and negligence are never acceptable, especially when it involves misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose breast cancer leading to serious complications, injuries, or death. At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we fight to hold negligent medical providers accountable for the harm they cause and work to recover the rightful compensation victims and their loved ones are owed.
Over our decades in practice, we have successfully handled 98% of the cases we have taken on and, to date, our attorneys have recovered more than $200 million for our clients. We understand the challenges you and your family are facing and are ready to fight for the justice you deserve.
Give us a call at (800) 817-5029 today to learn more during a free, confidential consultation.