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Failure to Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer in New York

Legal News GavelIf you or someone close to you has been a victim of a pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis entirely, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our experienced Syracuse cancer misdiagnosis attorneys are committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. We can provide support to you and aggressively advocate for your rights at every step of the way.

Pancreatic cancer begins in the cells of the pancreas, an organ located in your abdomen that lies horizontally behind the lower part of the stomach. Pancreatic cancer generally spreads to other nearby organs quite quickly. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), pancreatic cancer accounts for approximately three percent of all cancer cases in the United States and about seven percent of all cancer deaths. ACS estimates that about 55,440 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018, and about 44,330 people will die of the disease.

In pancreatic cancer cases, the timely recognition of early warning signs can be the difference between life and death. It is vital for doctors to order appropriate tests and to read these tests properly. Doctors are trained to recognize certain signs and risk factors for pancreatic cancer, including but not limited to smoking, being overweight or obese, age (over 45), family history of the disease, diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, or stomach conditions.

If doctors miss key warning signs and ultimately fail to diagnose or misdiagnose pancreatic cancer, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm through a medical malpractice claim. In New York, a medical malpractice claim is appropriate when a medical professional causes injuries or death by failing to administer the level of care that another medical professional would have provided in the same or similar circumstances. Medical malpractice laws are designed to ensure competent care and patient safety.

Left untreated, pancreatic cancer can lead to serious injuries or even death. In the event that you found out you had the condition long after you should have found out, you could now be dealing with a huge amount of medical bills to treat the cancer. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of these financial costs alone, which is why New York law permits victims of malpractice to recover damages such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any other costs incurred as a result of the malpractice.

If you or your loved one has been harmed due to a pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis, you need to reach out to a reliable Syracuse medical malpractice attorney who can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we can provide assistance throughout the entire legal process. While our goal is to settle every case, we are not afraid to fight for your rights at trial. Call now to speak with one of our attorneys in more detail. For more information about your case, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.

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