Failure to Diagnose
It is the responsibility of a medical professional to acknowledge the signs and symptoms of medical conditions. If a doctor is presented with unrecognizable symptoms, it is the doctor’s duty to discover the cause. When a failure to diagnose a medical condition occurs, crucial early treatment methods may be postponed allowing the condition to worsen. Failure to diagnose a medical condition is a type of medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose can allow certain medical conditions to progress to irreparable stages. For example, the failure to diagnose cancer can transform a treatable condition into a terminal condition. According to the New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, approximately forty percent of medical malpractice cases arise from a failure to diagnose a medical condition.
Unfortunately, the most dangerous medical conditions are typically the conditions which are undiagnosed. Most of the serious diseases elicit little to no symptoms during the early stages of development. The New York Failure To Diagnose an Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned cancer is among the most common failure to diagnose diseases, along with:
- Pulmonary embolism
- Bacterial meningitis
- Brain Injury
Moreover, neck pain after a car accident can become a serious spinal injury if missed. The severity of the condition or disease determines the failure to diagnose consequences. For example, a common cold will run its course regardless of diagnosis. However, if cancer, appendicitis or diabetes remains undiagnosed, the result can be fatal. Although doctors are highly trained to diagnose medical conditions, they can and do make mistakes. According to the New York Injury Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, the failure to diagnose a medical condition is common.
When a failure to diagnose occurs and results in injury to the patient, the medical professional can be held accountable for the negligent acts. Insurance companies can also be held liable for failure to diagnose, if they do not allow testing or follow-up treatment for certain conditions. Contacting our New York Failure To Diagnose Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may be essential in the successful pursuit of monetary compensation.
A failure to diagnose can have fatal consequences (wrongful death). Although legal action will not correct the outcome, legal action can decrease the financial burden arising from medical expenses, loss of wages and loss of future earnings. The pursuit of a failure to diagnose claim can be complex and expensive. Failing to pursue the claim with expertise and knowledge may result in a negative outcome. Contacting our New York Failure To Diagnose Lawyer team may be crucial to the successful mitigation of your claim and pursuit of compensation.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a failure to diagnose, contact our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to schedule a free legal consultation. Please contact us online or call us at 800.696.9529. Or stop by one of our many convenient office locations in New York City, in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Bronx or Staten Island, or our Westchester County office, or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County in Long Island.