When the average person goes to a doctor, they expect the physician to work to their best of their ability to discover the cause of our complaints and the solutions to our symptoms. Although some conditions are so similar to others that it makes a proper diagnosis complicated, a suitable diagnosis is still the physician’s responsibility. When a healthcare provider provides a medical misdiagnosis, a patient can suffer needless injury or wasted treatment time. Our New York Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyer staff has learned that nearly half of all medical malpractice cases are a result of a medical misdiagnosis.
Medical malpractice (sometimes referred to as “med-mal”) is a case against a negligent healthcare provider. The healthcare provider did not have to intentionally act negligent for a medical malpractice claim to occur. In many cases, especially in medical misdiagnosis cases, a healthcare provider could have acted too quickly, carelessly or irresponsibly. In some cases, a physician may have diagnosed a minor condition as a severe health condition. When this occurs, a patient can undergo needless surgery, take dangerous prescription drugs or face pointless medical treatment. In other cases, a doctor diagnosed a severe condition as a minor condition. When a patient faces this issue, the patient loses valuable treatment time, which can allow the condition to progress. For example, a medical misdiagnosis case can involve a physician improperly diagnosing a patient with gastrointestinal problems, when really the patient was having heart problems. If the patient is further injured due to the improperly diagnosis (or the failure to diagnosis), then a medical malpractice case may be filed against the healthcare provider.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer staff has learned that many of the most serious medical conditions are often the conditions that are not properly diagnosed. These conditions can include: failure to diagnosis cancer, heart attack, bacterial meningitis, diabetes, stroke or other brain injury. If you believe you are the victim of a medical misdiagnosis, contact our staff to discuss filing a medical malpractice case against the negligent physician.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a medical misdiagnosis, contact our New York Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyer staff with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to schedule a free consultation. Please contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW. 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.