Misdiagnosis in New York

patient recieving an incorrect diagnosis from the doctor

New York City Misdiagnosis Lawyer

It’s alarming to learn that the misdiagnosis of a patient’s symptoms is not uncommon among medical professionals in the field. In fact, some studies have suggested that the rate of occurrence for misdiagnoses in Hospital ERs falls anywhere between 20 and 40 percent. Accordingly, a high percentage of individuals are at risk of experiencing the adverse effects that can result from a misdiagnosis of any sort. In fact, medical misdiagnoses have been recognized as some of the most common types of mistakes that are pursued in cases of medical malpractice.

In order to properly treat any type of injury, illness, or disease, a patient’s symptoms must first be properly identified. Failure to diagnose a problem, or failure to diagnose the problem correctly, can lead to critical deficiencies, particularly among patients whose medical conditions are already in frail condition. Many medical practitioners would describe the ability to make an accurate diagnosis paramount in ultimately building a foundation upon which treatment will be made. As such, misdiagnoses are serious issues that can lead to even more serious injury, illness, or even wrongful death.

If you suffered from a misdiagnosis, you should waste no time in consulting with a New York City personal injury attorney from Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. It is only under the guidance of a legal professional that you can effectively approach any type of medical malpractice case, especially those connected to a misdiagnosis. Guided by the instruction of a misdiagnosis attorney in New York City whose experience rests among a team that has been in practice for more than 75 years combined, you can be sure that everything possible will be done to ensure that your case is not overlooked, undercompensated, or in any other way jeopardized.

Categories of Misdiagnosis

Any proficient doctor, surgeon, nurse or other type of medical professional can attest to the fact that a misdiagnosis can manifest itself in one of three ways:

  1. Making a false positive, meaning that a disease which does not exist in the patient is diagnosed
  2. Making a false negative, meaning that a disease which does exist in the patient fails to be identified by the treating physician
  3. Finding equivocal results, meaning that the interpretation of results yields no definitive diagnosis

It has been argued that a physician’s lack of specialization in a specific area of medical practice is largely to blame for the physician’s diagnosis. This diagnosis, however, does not account for why a specialist was not brought in for advisement during a patient’s diagnosis, nor does it justify the medical complications that were later experienced by the patient as a result of the misdiagnosis.

Our personal injury attorneys are very familiar with the standard procedures expected of the medical professionals who are responsible for properly diagnosing the symptoms of their patients. Doctors are relied upon for their knowledge of medicine and they are depended upon to more deeply investigate symptoms that are unfamiliar or unrecognizable. It has been estimated that only about 15 minutes is spent on average with every patient treated by physicians throughout the United States. This is often far from the time needed to make a proper diagnosis of a patient’s illness or injury.

Misdiagnosis has become so common among practicing physicians throughout the country, that there are now illnesses that are regularly associated with a doctor’s failure to properly identify and treat the symptoms that were brought to his or her attention. Among the top five misdiagnosed conditions that are most frequently the basis of medical malpractice cases are cancer of the lungs, colon, and breasts; myocardial infection; and appendicitis. Underdiagnosed health conditions also include:

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hemochromatosis
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Trichomoniasis

Medical Misdiagnosis Attorneys in NYC

There is no reason to suffer from a doctor’s misdiagnosis; however, this is a problem that continues to plague patients throughout the nation. In New York City, there is help for these victims at the law office of Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., our team of New York City medical misdiagnosis lawyers has more than 75 years of combined experience that can be put to work on behalf of recovering the compensation that you need. To benefit from the experience of our dedicated legal team, contact us at our office today.