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Childhood Cancers

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At Wocl Leydon, LLC, our attorneys represent clients who have been harmed by the negligent failure to diagnose a child’s cancer in time to allow for effective treatment. Our law firm is recognized throughout Connecticut for our skill at developing the medical evidence necessary to establish the liability of a negligent primary care physician, pediatrician, radiologist, neurologist or other medical professional. Other attorneys frequently refer their medical malpractice cases to our firm based on our demonstrated ability to investigate and prove these complex cases.

Leukemia and brain cancer are among the leading causes of death among young people under 20 in the United States. While cancer affects only about 14 of every 100,000 children in the United States, many types of childhood cancer can be diagnosed early enough to give young patients a fighting chance for survival. The failure to diagnose the early stages of cancer, however, can significantly decrease the survival rate as the likelihood of metastasis (secondary cancer) increases.

Examples Of Childhood Cancers

Some of the most common forms of cancer in children include:

  • Leukemia (ALL and AML types)
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Brain cancer, including medulloblastoma or atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor
  • Neuroblastoma (a cancer of the nervous system)
  • Ewing’s sarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Liver cancer

Medical negligence in diagnosing pediatric cancer can occur in any of several ways. Doctors often miss the signs of cancer, ignore what kids tell them about their symptoms, fail to order the appropriate tests, misinterpret test results or incorrectly stage the disease.

An epileptic seizure or intracranial hypertension in a young person with no prior history of epilepsy can often be mistaken for epilepsy. Even where the possibility of malignancy is suspected, errors in radiology or pathology can lead to ambiguous or misleading reports to treating physicians. Our experience working with highly qualified experts can help identify the errors in diagnostic technique or interpretation of test results that could have made the critical difference for a young patient.

Our Trial Experience Can Give Your Family The Edge

Although many medical malpractice claims can be effectively resolved through skilled negotiation and settlement, we are not afraid to take these cases to trial. Once we develop a sound theory of liability with a thoroughly documented proof of damages, we will not recommend settlement for an amount less than we believe we can win at trial.

Our lawyers excel at describing and demonstrating the ways in which our clients’ lives have been adversely affected by medical negligence. In fact, jurors from many of our previous trials have commented on our ability to explain complex medical issues in clear and understandable terms.

If you suspect that negligent delays or mistakes in diagnosis led to an avoidable death or disability in your family, our lawyers can help you understand your rights and legal options. To learn more, contact us in Stamford or Bridgeport to work with attorneys skilled with the proof of diagnosis errors in childhood cancer cases.

We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.

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