Breast cancer causes numerous deaths every year in New York. As with most forms of cancer, early diagnosis significantly improves a patient's chances of survival. Unfortunately, failure to diagnose breast cancer is an all-too-common occurrence and can lead to malpractice claims.
Doctors are not expected to cure every illness, and not every treatment will be successful. But, patients do have the right to expect that their doctor will meet certain generally accepted standards of competence. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to meet the accepted standard of medical care in that doctor's area of practice.