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Colon Cancer Malpractice Lawyer in New York

If you or a loved one have suffered harm in New York due to a doctor's failure to properly diagnose colorectal cancer, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Our experienced colon cancer misdiagnosis lawyers have been holding negligent doctors and healthcare providers accountable and recovering compensation for victims and families for over 40 years.

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40+ Years of Proven Experience

40+ Years of Proven Experience

The experienced team of colon cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm has been fighting for victims of medical malpractice in New York for more than four decades.

We've handled hundreds of colon and rectal cancer lawsuit settlements and malpractice claims involving failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, and misreading of test results. Our colon cancer malpractice lawyers are committed to holding negligent doctors and healthcare professionals accountable when they fail to meet the standard of care.

We've recovered millions in compensation for lost income, medical bills, and other setbacks suffered by our clients. When doctors' mistakes lead to delayed treatment, we fight aggressively to obtain justice.

What Is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the large intestine or colon. It typically develops from precancerous polyps that grow in the colon and can take 10–15 years to progress from clusters of cells to invasive cancer.

The disease starts when healthy cells in the colon begin to grow out of control and accumulate to form a tumor. As the tumor grows, it can spread to other parts of the body.

Colorectal cancer is most common in adults over 50, but it can occur at any age. According to the American Cancer Society, one in 26 women and one in 23 men are at risk of developing colon cancer.

Getting regular screenings through colonoscopies and other tests can help diagnose colon cancer in its treatable early stages.

How Colon Cancer Is Typically Diagnosed and Treated

Doctors diagnose colon cancer using a variety of tests and procedures, including:

  • Colonoscopies: Allow doctors to look inside the colon and rectum for polyps or cancerous tumors; if suspicious areas are found, a biopsy can confirm the presence of cancer.
  • CT Scans: Provide detailed images that can reveal tumors in the colon that may spread to other organs.
  • MRIs: Use magnets and radio waves to produce internal images that can show colon tumors.
  • Blood Tests: Check for tumor markers that may indicate colon cancer.

Once diagnosed, colon cancer is typically treated with one of the following methods:

  • Surgery: Removes portions of the colon, along with any lymph nodes or additional tissue that may contain cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy: Helps kill any remaining cancer cells post-surgery.
  • Radiation: Targets cancer cells with beams of energy to destroy them and reduce rates of recurrence.

Early-stage colon cancer has a very good prognosis when treated quickly. However, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis leads to worse outcomes.

Common Doctor Errors that Lead to Misdiagnosis

Healthcare professionals can make many mistakes that may result in missed or delayed colon cancer diagnosis. For example:

  • Not performing routine screening tests like colonoscopies at recommended ages and intervals, which allows polyps and tumors to grow undetected.
  • Misreading biopsy results or scans and not identifying cancerous growths that are present
  • Dismissing telling symptoms like rectal bleeding, anemia, and change in bowel habits, such as hemorrhoids or other minor conditions.
  • Failing to follow up on abnormal test results in a timely manner and order further diagnostic testing.
  • Overlooking polyps and tumors by inadequately inspecting the colon during colonoscopies and other procedures.
  • Neglecting to promptly inform patients of abnormal test findings and subsequent steps.
  • Inaccurately assigning cancer stages, leading to improper treatment plans.

These sorts of medical errors and negligence can rob patients of the opportunity for early intervention, potentially lowering survival rates. They may also qualify as medical malpractice. Our attorneys work diligently to hold careless doctors accountable.

Get a Free Case Review If You Were Misdiagnosed

If you or a loved one have suffered harm due to a missed or delayed colon cancer diagnosis, contact Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Let our dedicated team help you pursue compensation.

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Common Colon Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Colon cancer can manifest with various symptoms, including:

  • Rectal Bleeding or Blood in the Stool: One of the most common indications of colon cancer is bleeding from the rectum and/or bloody stools.
  • Persistent Change in Bowel Habits: Ongoing diarrhea, constipation, or change in stool consistency could suggest the presence of colon or rectal cancer.
  • Abdominal Pain or Discomfort: Cramping, bloating, excessive gas, or pelvic pain may also be symptoms.
  • Unexplained Weight Loss: Substantial, unintentional weight loss without changes in diet or exercise can point to colon cancer.
  • Chronic Fatigue and Weakness: Fatigue related to colon cancer is often severe and persistent
  • Anemia: Colon cancer bleeding can lead to low red blood cell counts, exacerbating feelings of weakness and fatigue.

Don't ignore these red flags. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms persistently, demand a colon cancer screening from your doctor immediately. Catching colon cancer early is critical for treatability and survival.

If it's too late and you've already been harmed by misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of this disease, reach out to our firm to seek justice in the form of compensation.

The Impact and Consequences of Colon Cancer Misdiagnoses

A missed, delayed, or erroneous colon cancer diagnosis can prevent patients from getting intervention while the disease is still in its early stages, greatly reducing survival outcomes in turn. If colon cancer spreads undetected, it can metastasize to distant organs like the liver and lungs.

Doctors may miss opportunities to remove precancerous polyps before they become malignant, and negligent misreading of biopsy results or scans can allow tumors to proliferate. Improper cancer staging can also lead to inadequate or improper treatment.

All of these medical errors can have severe consequences for colon cancer patients. Instead of dealing with a highly treatable stage 1 colon cancer, patients may face a much grimmer late-stage diagnosis with fewer options.

The physical, emotional, and financial devastation patients and families experience is immeasurable. If you or a loved one have faced this kind of medical malpractice, contact us today to secure capable legal representation.

Why You Should Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Right Away

If you believe you might have a valid colon cancer malpractice claim, it's vital that you contact an experienced colon cancer attorney immediately.

The veteran medical malpractice attorneys at Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm can assist you with the following steps:

  • Investigating what went wrong and preserving vital evidence before it's lost.
  • Understanding the complex legal, medical, and insurance aspects of your case.
  • Evaluating your case at no upfront cost and informing you of your legal options.
  • Aggressively pursuing maximum compensation through a lawsuit or settlement if retained.

Don't delay — strict statutes of limitations restrict the timeline to take legal action. Starting the process now will allow a skilled lawyer to begin building a winning case while the details are still fresh. This offers the best opportunity to obtain the justice and financial restitution you deserve.


What Our Clients Are Saying

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I cannot rate the firm any higher! we are extremely happy with the service we received from Brad, Chris and the team. We are northern Irish citizens and as such had no experience of the US justice system, Chris and Brad helped us navigate this and made sure we understood every step of the process and we were kept informed of what would happen with the case.

We also felt that Brad and Chris had a genuine interest in our story, what the implications for us as a family were and they were genuinely invested in how they could help our situation.

We were reassured by the manor in which Chris and Brad dealt with us and trusted that the advice we were given was always well balanced and in our best interests. We were extremely happy with the outcome the firm achieved for us and feel that we only got this outcome due to the hard work of Chris and Brad. I would not hesitate to recommend the firm to anyone who is considering a case and wants to feel as though they are really valued as a client.

Many thanks to the firm for all of their hard work on our behalf it truly is appreciated.

Leanne Montgomery




Let’s go to the beginning when I realize that I was going to need legal assistance because I was shocked that I was actually injured I called my fiancé and told her that I was going to need a lawyer, so she googled the top 5  personal injury law firms in NY and The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm came up. One of the representatives from the firm took the time to come personally to my home to see me, that immediately showed me that I was going to be able to make it through my pain and suffering they understood what I was going through and with patience, persistence, and diligence they were able to get the best results possible in settling my case. I highly recommend the Jacob Fuchsberg Law firm when the unexpected happens you will not be dissatisfied with the kind, courteous and professionalism that you would expect from a law firm.

Keith Middleton




Very satisfied with the representation I was given from this law firm.  I would recommend Fuchsberg to anyone with a unique situation such as mine. My attorney went above and beyond to ensure everything was done thoroughly and in a timely manner! Everything about this firm exceeded my expectations! Very special thank you to Chris,  Allison, and Brad!

Marie Price



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the statute of limitations for filing a colon cancer misdiagnosis claim in New York?

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The statute of limitations for filing a colon cancer misdiagnosis claim in New York is two years and six months from the termination of treatment or discovery of malpractice.

How much is a typical colon cancer misdiagnosis settlement in New York?

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In New York, colon cancer misdiagnosis settlements typically range from $1 million to $5 million, depending on the specific circumstances and the expertise of the legal team handling the claim. It's worth noting, however, that there's no legal cap on the amount of damages you can potentially recover.

What types of damages can I recover in a colon cancer lawsuit?

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Recoverable damages in a New York colon cancer lawsuit include economic damages like medical costs and lost wages and non-economic damages like pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and loss of companionship.

Will my colon cancer case go to trial in New York, or can it be settled beforehand?

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Many colon cancer misdiagnosis cases settle before trial, but some go to trial if a satisfactory settlement can't be reached.

How long do colon cancer misdiagnosis cases take to resolve in New York?

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On average, colon cancer misdiagnosis cases take 12–24 months to resolve in New York. Some cases could take longer, depending on their complexity and procedural requirements.

What evidence do I need to prove medical negligence occurred in my New York colon cancer case?

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Key evidence will include medical records showing your doctor failed to meet the standard of care, expert testimony, bills and costs, and evidence of additional harm due to delay.