Brain tumors are cancerous growths of abnormal cells that develop in a person’s brain tissue. While some brain tumors are benign, many of them can have devastating effects on the entire body. Not every brain tumor begins in the brain. In fact, breast cancer and lung cancer are the two most common types of cancer that spread to the brain. Because the most severe symptoms of brain tumors do not occur until the tumor has metastasized (grown), physicians often misdiagnose brain tumors or overlook them entirely. Despite the difficulty of identifying them, there is no excuse for failing to properly address early warning signs of brain tumors and other brain injuries. A person should consult New York City brain tumor malpractice attorneys if a physician failed to diagnose their cancer. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can ensure that a person receives the compensation they deserve.
Symptoms of Brain Tumors
About half of patients with brain tumors suffer from chronic headaches. These headaches are often made worse by bending over, coughing, or sneezing. Nausea and vomiting also tend to go along with these headaches, and they can even be powerful enough to wake you up while sleeping.
A few other symptoms of brain tumors that may warrant attention from a New York City brain tumor malpractice attorney if not properly diagnosed include:
- Vision and hearing problems
- Speech changes
- Memory loss
- Numbness in arms or legs
If you exhibit one or more of these symptoms, your doctor should order a series of diagnostic tests to screen for brain tumors. Some of the more common brain tumor diagnostic tests include MRIs, CT Scans, neurological exams, Angiograms, and spinal taps.
Misdiagnosis or Late Diagnosis of Brain Tumors
If a physician fails to administer the proper diagnostic tests, or misinterprets the results, you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Diligent and attentive doctors can catch a brain tumor early on by paying close attention to a patients’ symptoms, ordering the appropriate tests, and correctly interpreting the results. If you or a loved one with a brain injury has been the victim of a late diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or other types of medical malpractice, you need an experienced New York City brain tumor malpractice attorney who can protect your rights. Contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Manhattan at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, PC today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We represent clients all over the New York area, including Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.