failure to diagnose cancer

Breast Cancer Often Misdiagnosed in Early Stages

Even though more than a million and a half American women will undergo a breast biopsy this year, a new study shows there is a pretty steep margin of error in the procedure. In fact, in almost half the cases, the diagnosis of the pathologist was not the same as the correct diagnosis of atypical ductal [...]

Lawsuits Based on Misdiagnosis or Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1,666,540 Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis in 2014. Some of these cancer patients will receive an advanced diagnosis of cancer, caused by a physician's delay in diagnosis, or misdiagnosis, of cancer. An article published in the Journal of American Medical Association suggests that "cases of delayed, missed, and [...]

Jury Sides With Plaintiffs After Failed Cancer Diagnosis

A Bucks County jury has awarded $700,000 to a woman and her husband after they alleged doctors failed to timely diagnose her breast cancer and that one doctor, a gynecologist, altered her medical records to make it appear as though she had taken different steps while treating her former patient. According to Paul A. Lauricella, who [...]

What You Need To Know About a “Failure to Diagnose Cancer” Medical Malpractice Case

When a physician fails to properly diagnose cancer, the results can be catastrophic.  Just as an early diagnosis of cancer carries with it an increase in a patient's chances of survival, a late diagnosis can carry with it a decreased chance of survival. Not every failure to diagnose cancer, however, translates into a bad outcome.  For [...]

Woman Wins $2.4 Million in Suit vs. Doc Who Sewed Towel into Her Abdomen

A Philadelphia jury awarded nearly $2.5 million yesterday to a woman who had a towel left in her abdomen by the same doctor who was ordered to pay $1.7 million last week in another case for failing to diagnose breast cancer. By Lori Lichtman Of the Legal Staff In February 1992, Dr. Marvin Kalafer performed a [...]

Proving That Earlier Diagnosis of Cancer Would Have Made a Difference

In a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff (i.e., the injured patient) is required to do more than prove that the care in question fell beneath accepted standards of care.  The patient must also establish that the malpractice was the cause of his or her injuries. Thus, a patient seeking to sue a physician for the failure [...]

Philadelphia Jury Awards $3 Mil. in Phila. Med-Mal Case

The Legal Intelligencer- April 10, 2008 A 12-member jury in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas awarded $3 million to plaintiffs in a case involving a physician's alleged failure to properly diagnose and treat a lung cancer patient. In Morganti v. Harman, Charles Morganti, now deceased, and his wife, Linda, filed suit against Leonard P. Harman, [...]

Verdict in Cancer Case Could Hit $1M

The Times Leader- April 4, 2007 WILKES-BARRE – A jury last week said a Kingston woman deserved $875,000 from a doctor who failed to diagnose her cancer. That verdict could be increased to more than $1 million if a judge decides the woman is entitled to additional damages. Carole Gustitus and her husband, Edward, filed suit [...]

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