Pathologists play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating life-threatening diseases. If you have been injured and believe that it was due to a pathologist’s error, you need to seek out a skilled Rochester pathology malpractice lawyer who can analyze your case. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we can help you understand your legal rights and come up with a legal strategy accordingly.
Pathology involves looking at tissue samples and cells in body fluids under the microscope and making a diagnosis based upon the findings. For example, it might involve examining a breast lump under the microscope at the time of surgery to figure out whether it is cancerous or not. If a pathologist misses a cancer diagnosis, the cancer can go untreated until it is too late and lead to devastating consequences for the patient. On the other hand, if a pathologist makes a cancer diagnosis when there is no cancer, the patient could go through lots of unnecessary treatment.
The Journal of the American Medical Association found that pathologists are at greater risk of malpractice lawsuits than other specialties. In addition, pathologists are far more likely to have poor outcomes when those lawsuits are litigated. Pathology mistakes can happen in a variety of ways, such as: