You learn that this cancer was present for least a year.
Your treating oncologist tells you that if this was detected a year ago, it would've been only stage I and fully treatable.
You could have had a biopsy or surgical excision.
You would not have needed radiation or chemotherapy at that point.
But it's not.
Now you are stage IV.
You have metastatic breast cancer.
It has spread throughout your body.
The doctors try to be encouraging but you know what they are saying between the lines.
As you sit at home wondering how this could happen, you get angry.
The more you think about it, the angrier you get.
This doctor deprived you of the opportunity to live a full life.
Each day you think about how your cancer could have been detected earlier, you get upset.
You are so angry, the only thing you want to do is sue your doctor who missed the diagnosis.
The problem is that your anger is not sufficient to confirm that you have a valid case.
It's certainly enough to begin investigating.
However, in order to fully and properly evaluate whether you have a valid case you're in New York, there are a number of things you need to know about...
First, we have to get all your medical records.
This will likely include a doctor of the same specialty as the one whom you believe misdiagnosed you.
This is often your gynecologist, an internist or even a radiologist.
In addition, we will likely need a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging to evaluate whether there is any evidence on mammograms or sonograms to suggest that you needed additional testing and follow-up.
Only after our board-certified medical experts confirm that something was done wrong and that wrongdoing was a cause of your injury and that your injury is significant or permanent are we permitted to go forward and start a lawsuit on your behalf.
The key question involves whether your treatment and your outcome would be different if your condition was diagnosed earlier.