Accurate diagnosis is one of the most important tools that the medical profession has in the battle against diseases and injuries. When a doctor fails to follow the correct diagnostic procedures, a patient may end up going untreated for a serious medical condition.
At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock, the best medical malpractice attorney in NY, we will help patients and their families seek restitution from negligent doctors and hospitals. To schedule a free consultation with experienced malpractice attorney Charles Rock, contact us today. You will not pay a fee unless we help you win compensation.
Seeking Compensation for the Consequences of Delayed Diagnosis
A doctor’s failure to diagnose an illness or injury can have serious and, in some cases, fatal consequences for his or her patient. Our firm helps clients pursue medical malpractice claims for diagnostic errors in areas such as the following:
- Cancer : Any delay in diagnosing and treating cancer can have a major impact on the patient’s prognosis. We help clients pursue claims for failure to diagnose breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and other cancers.
- Injury complications : Any type of traumatic accident (such as an auto accident or serious fall) can cause serious internal injuries. A doctor’s failure to diagnose those complications may be a result of malpractice.
- Infections: Doctors have a duty to perform tests on anyone with symptoms that suggest infection, and they need to pay particularly careful attention to these signs while performing procedures that increase the risk of infection.
- Heart attacks and strokes: Doctors and other emergency room staff are trained to recognize the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes so that patients with these emergency conditions can receive necessary treatment.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Time is of the essence when it comes to treating someone who has developed any type of cancer. That is why doctors who fail to play an active and diligent role in correctly diagnosing cancer can, in some cases, be held accountable for medical malpractice.
Did Your Doctor Follow the Correct Diagnostic Procedures?
Whenever a patient has any symptoms that may indicate the presence of cancer, it is his or her doctor’s responsibility to go through a process known as differential diagnosis in which all possibilities are identified and ruled out, in order of severity, with the use of appropriate tests.
A doctor’s failure to correctly follow the differential diagnosis procedure may result in patient’s cancer getting worse while treatment is delayed.
Delayed diagnosis also occurs when doctors rule out cancer because they fail to accurately read the results of tests such as X-rays, CT scans and tumor markers.
Our Newburgh medical malpractice attorney represents clients who have suffered serious harm or lost loved ones due to delays in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
Doctors use a procedure called differential diagnosis to identify and methodically rule out all possible medical conditions associated with a patient’s particular symptoms. Our medical malpractice attorney will work with medical experts to document cases in which doctors have failed to follow this procedure correctly.
If you have been seriously harmed or have lost a loved one due to a doctor’s misdiagnosis of medical condition, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your case with a dedicated, knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer. Serving Newburgh, New Paltz, Kingston, Middletown, New Windsor, Poughkeepsie and surrounding communities.