What Do I Do if My Doctor Failed to Diagnose My Cancer?

Often, you will learn about your doctor’s failure to diagnose when seeking medical attention from a different doctor who happens to notice a serious medical issue that was previously left undiagnosed and untreated. It is an unfortunate fact that medical conditions as serious as cancer are commonly missed due to medical negligence, which makes them more difficult to treat. If your doctor neglected to identify and properly treat your cancer in a timely manner, follow along to learn how a dedicated Morris County, New Jersey diagnosis errors lawyer at Macri Law can fight on your behalf for the justice and financial compensation that you rightfully deserve.

What types of medical negligence can lead to the failure to diagnose cancer?

Some ways in which your doctor may have deviated from the standard of care and ultimately failed to diagnose your cancer are as follows:

  • They failed to order the proper tests.
  • They failed to heed your complaints.
  • They misinterpreted your test results.
  • They delayed referring you to a medical specialist.

If any of these mishaps are applicable to you, do not hesitate in reaching out to a Morris County, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer today. 

What are the consequences of a missed cancer diagnosis?

In all seriousness, your life depends on how early your cancer diagnosis is made. Failure to act immediately can lead to devastating effects, even as extreme as wrongful death. And if death does occur, your family will be left behind with a loss of financial support and inheritance, along with the burden of your leftover medical bills and funeral expenses. 

Additionally, any delays in a diagnosis just heighten your damages. Such risks can be frequent participation in invasive procedures, permanent disability or chronic pain and suffering, expensive medical bills and lost wages, and overall, an adaptation to a diminished quality of life.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim for a missed cancer diagnosis in New Jersey?

If you were harmed due to a delayed cancer diagnosis, you must make it a point to file your medical malpractice claim as soon as your illness gets noticed. In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations for most medical malpractice claims is 2 years from the date your missed diagnosis occurred or the date your cancer became apparent. Act now, because failure to meet this deadline will bar you from suing. 


The Macri Law Firm is proud to serve clients throughout Morris County who are faced with legal matters related to estate planning, personal injury and medical malpractice. If you require the services of an experienced team of attorneys, contact The Macri Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.