Attorney Russ Berkowitz filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine on behalf of the estate of a 14-year-old client who died as a result of a leukemia misdiagnosis. According to the suit, Yale misdiagnosed the 14-year-old girls leukemia and treated her with the wrong type of chemotherapy, resulting in her death.

Each year, hundreds of people suffer because of missed diagnoses. When people are treated for the wrong type of cancer, or fail to receive treatment all together, their illness can progress to a point that is untreatable.

According to estimations by BMJ Quality and Safety Journal, approximately 28 percent of people with cancer are misdiagnosed every year.

“According to Thomson Reuters, nearly seven hundred billion dollars are wasted in the U.S. medical system each year, much of which is tied to misdiagnosis or people getting the wrong treatment,” said John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) President and Chief Executive Officer, last year following a study on cancer misdiagnosis rates.

“Not enough is being done on the state and federal policy end of things to acknowledge and firmly address this critical issue. Given our current health care climate and challenges, as decision-makers become more aware of the frequency of misdiagnosis and the enormous costs associated with it, they have a sizeable opportunity to make diagnostic accuracy much more of a ‘front and center’ issue in health care.”

According to the American Cancer Society, about 43,000 people are diagnosed with leukemia each year. Leukemia is a cancer of blood forming tissue such as bone marrow.

If you or someone you love has suffered because of a cancer misdiagnosis, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC for legal help today. We have vast experience in medical malpractice claims throughout the state of Connecticut.