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Budget Cuts for Free Cancer Screening Clinics in New York Could Put Patients' Lives at Risk, Says New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Date:5/10/2009

ely, a logical path of diagnosis must be followed.  This is where breakdowns happen, and mistakes are made, when there's not enough money to go around."

While delays alone in routine diagnostic testing may not put the State at much risk for liability claims, a misdiagnosis or misreading of data and images can end up costing the provider, and the patient who was misdiagnosed, plenty. 

"When claims of medical malpractice arise," Douglas said, "we look at the harm that was done and the nature of the care that was given before any legal papers are filed.  People who call a medical malpractice attorney, rich and poor alike, frequently know what was done wrong to them and can give specifics in a clear way.

 "Since nobody knows the exact moment when a cancer changes from localized to incurable metastatic," he added, "it is essential that the paper trail between labs, doctors and patients be traced to be able to determine if any breakdown, or delay in follow-up procedures, made a difference in the health and survival prognosis of the patient."

 Douglas explained that in the case of cancer, it is generally accepted that the delay, depending on the type and location of the cancer, must be on the order of one year to make a difference. 

"This is entirely different with an infection," he said, "which can change from treatable to critical in a matter of hours."

Before a patient can file a medical malpractice claim, the doctor's care of the patient must be
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