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Date:5/10/2009

reviewed by a medical expert to see if the doctor deviated from the accepted standard of care.  Whether there was medical negligence or deviation from the standard of care will depend on the type of illness and whether the delay caused a change in the patient's chances of survival.

In general, he points out, academic specialists inside hospitals make fewer mistakes than doctors practicing in outlying areas. 

 "It really does come down to geography in many instances," he said.  "Doctors in suburban and rural areas tend to be in the business of moving patients in and out of their offices as fast as possible in order to make the most money.

"As for doctors in the best urban teaching hospitals," he added, "I don't see any particular specialty area making more diagnostic mistakes than any other, except maybe emergency departments.  These people are under pressure to make a diagnosis and treat in the shortest time possible.  Sadly they are often wrong."

Douglas, whose New York City law firm has handled many cases of cancer malpractice, recommends that patients should call a lawyer if they have had a bad outcome they feel is due to a neglect or error by their doctor, or clinic, or hospital, or any other healthcare provider.

And if a lawsuit is filed, he explained, clients should know that it could take several years to complete.

"On television," he said, "the plaintiff is in court by the third commercial break.  That's not real life.  We prepare our clients to go on with their lives as best they can while the case proceeds, and we help do whatever we can for them to make their live
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