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I Had a Biopsy But The Results Are Lost. What Should I Do?

The Law & You
April 10, 2015

The Law and You

I Had a Biopsy But The Results Are Lost. What Should I Do?

Dave Kuharchik: What happens when you go for some medical testing yet your records are lost? We are going to discuss the responsibility of this in today’s Law & You. Back with us are Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys thanks for being here.

Ed Ciarimboli: You’re still doing an amazing job on the weather.

Dave: I’m doing my best guys, trying to keep the forecast straight and getting the questions delivered here in a responsible manner.

Ed: Hey do they ever give you a day off?

Dave: Every couple weeks. Alright here is our question today and this is from Bill in Berwick. He says, “I went in for a biopsy to find out if I have cancer. When I went for the results they told me that they lost them. I now don’t know if I have cancer or not. I am scared to death and angry. What should I do?” Is there anything that Bill in Berwick can do?

Ed: You know Bill, I’d like to say that this doesn’t happen and that it’s really something that’s unique or odd but right now I’m handling two cases where, you know, results have been, cancer biopsy, results have been lost at a particular facility. So you need to just pick up the phone and get to a lawyer because, you know, your medical situation right now-you just have no idea, you have no idea if you have cancer, you have no idea if you don’t have cancer. If you do have cancer, should you be getting treatment? So the first thing I would recommend is to get yourself to a different facility so that you can talk to them about it and see if there’s anything they can do to help you. Whatever records are available to get them and then get to a lawyer that can be able to help you out and protect your rights in this thing.

Greg Fellerman: Why can’t he just get a re-biopsy?

Ed: Well, it depends on the timing.

Greg: That’s what people are asking. If it’s callous, why can’t he just get it redone?

Ed: It depends on the timing especially when you have cancer. If you have cancer and if you have cancer surgery and everything is removed, there’s really nothing to biopsy so you can’t have a repeat biopsy if there’s nothing there.

Greg: So it’s gone.

Ed: It’s gone, you know if there is a lump and they take the lump out and you don’t know if that lump is cancerous or not, then there is nothing left in there and you don’t want an unnecessary surgery.

Greg: But also get back your doctor too and let them do what they need to do because your medical is ticking. It’s a bad situation for you but do both doctors, a lawyer gets the answers you need.

Dave: So anyone who finds themselves in a complex medical situation like this; they want some direction. What’s the best way for viewers to reach you?

Greg: They can call us at 570-714-HURT; see us on the web at

Ed: Or go to Facebook or Twitter or any other social media outlets that we’re on if you have a question put it on there and we will do our best to answer it on an upcoming segment.

Dave: Good deal, results matter. Award-winning Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, thank you so much. hotlines are open to get a question here on the show.

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