The estate of Dina Wyckoff of Franklin Lakes, NJ was recently awarded $1.28M. The suit alleges that doctors did not treat Wyckoff properly, ultimately leading to her death by cancer in August 2016.
The lawsuit asserts that doctors, including staff from St. Clare Hospital in Denville, NJ neglected to take a proper biopsy from Wyckoff in 2013. The results of the biopsy indicated that Wyckoff was cancer-free. As a consequence of this negligence, her then-treatable cancer progressed to a terminal state. According to the attorney representing her estate, if the cancer was found in 2013, Wyckoff would have a 50-68% chance of living at least five years.
Medical malpractice is a leading cause of wrongful death cases. Unfortunately, while we typically expect hospitals and doctors to treat us with optimal care, this is not always the case. There are a plethora of errors that medical professionals and institutions make regularly, including issues with surgical techniques, anesthesia, birth injuries, and bedsores. In fact, it is estimated that there have been over 300,000 premature deaths attributed to medical malpractice in the United States each year.