It is the duty of a medical professional to understand the symptoms and signs of a medical condition. If a doctor encounters an unknown symptom, it is the responsibility of the doctor to determine the primary cause. When the misdiagnosis of a medical condition occurs, essential treatment methods may be delayed, leading to a worsening medical condition. Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis can allow some medical problems to progress to terminal conditions. For example, the misdiagnosis of cancer can change a treatable condition into a fatal one. According to the New York Misdiagnosis Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, misdiagnosis accounts for an average of forty percent of all medical malpractice cases.
Unfortunately, the most detrimental medical conditions are the most often misdiagnosed conditions. With most serious (and terminal) diseases, there are almost no symptoms during the disease’s early development. Our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned cancer is among the diseases most commonly misdiagnosed, along with:
- Bacterial meningitis
- Pulmonary embolism
The consequences of a misdiagnosis are determined by the disease or severity of the condition. For example, a common cold will improve regardless of diagnosis. On the other hand, if cancer, diabetes or appendicitis is misdiagnosed, fatal consequences can result. Even though doctors are highly skilled and trained to diagnose medical problems, they can and often do make errors. According to our New York Injury Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, the misdiagnosis of a medical problem is fairly common.
When a misdiagnosis occurs and leads to patient injury, the doctor can be held liable for the careless acts. Insurance companies may also be accountable for misdiagnosis, if they disallow testing or treatment for some conditions. Contacting our New York Misdiagnosis Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may be crucial in the successful pursuit of compensation for your losses.
A misdiagnosis can lead to fatal consequences as well as brain injury, birth injury and spinal injury to name a few of the most serious injuries. Although filing a lawsuit cannot correct the situation, legal action may limit the financial burden resulting from medical expenses, loss of wages, medication expenses and loss of future earnings. Seeking a misdiagnosis claim can be expensive and complex. Pursuing a misdiagnosis claim without knowledge and expertise may lead to a negative outcome. Consulting our New York Misdiagnosis Lawyer team may be essential to the successful mitigation of your misdiagnosis claim and protection of your rights.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a misdiagnosis, contact our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for an initial claim evaluation. Please call us at 800.696.9529, online or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our New York office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.