New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers Holding Doctors Accountable for Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
A critical aspect of effective medical care is the accurate and timely diagnosis of illnesses and injuries. A doctor should be able to recognize the warning signs of dangerous diseases so that he or she can accurately diagnose the disease at an early stage. For many illnesses, the number of treatment options and the likelihood of success of treatment depends upon the disease being diagnosed and caught at an early stage. Misdiagnosis or mismanaged diagnostic tests can lead to delayed treatment and a worsened condition.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or had an injury exacerbated because of negligent medical care, you need to ensure that your rights are protected by speaking with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
Physician Failure to Diagnose Leads to Serious Medical Injuries
According to a study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cases of delayed, missed and incorrect diagnosis occur in the range of 10 to 20 percent. A delayed diagnosis can cause irreversible harm by delaying potentially life-saving treatment for an illness or injury, such as:
- Heart attack
- Birth injuries: Failure to anticipate a difficult childbirth can cause Erb’s palsy
- Sepsis: A whole body inflammation, sometimes called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)
A medical misdiagnosis can occur when the doctor fails to test for a particular disease or illness even though the signs of the disease or illness are evident. A misdiagnosis can also occur if the doctor wrongly identifies clear symptoms of the illness as something else. When this happens, the problem escalates without being properly monitored and the results can be tragic. A misdiagnosis can result in a delay in an accurate diagnosis of your disease, and any delay could greatly limit your treatment options. The potential effects of a failure to diagnose include:
- Wrongful death: If the illness has advanced too far by the time you are accurately diagnosed, it may be too late for effective treatment
- Permanent disability
- Traumatic brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Increased health care costs: This includes extended hospital stays, as well as expensive and dangerous surgery
- Unnecessary and invasive treatment: A misdiagnosis can result in unnecessary testing and treatment
- Severe pain and suffering
- Patient anxiety: The uncertainty that comes with a misdiagnosis of a serious illness can be incredibly stressful
Free Consultation about Your Failure to Diagnose Case in Brick and Edison, NJ
The skilled medical malpractice lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi P.A., understand the severe damage that can be done when a physician fails to properly diagnose an illness or condition. We are dedicated to helping victims of medical negligence pursue the justice and compensation they deserve. We will not hesitate to utilize the latest technology and medical experts to help us build a solid case for your failure to diagnose claim.
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