Failure to Diagnose an Illness/Injury
Diagnostic Error Lawyer in Queens, NY
The only way a patient can receive the right medical treatment is if he or she is diagnosed properly. A correct and timely diagnosis acts as the door for proper care, but that door will never open if a doctor is negligent or careless.
Drawing upon over 20 years of legal experience, Queens diagnostic error lawyer David Kates can offer seasoned counsel if you or someone you love was adversely affected by a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition. These cases can be complex and difficult to win, but the right approach and meticulous pretrial preparation can give you the best opportunity at a successful and fair outcome. At the Law Office of David A. Kates, we always go the extra mile to assert patients’ rights in diagnostic error lawsuits.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
While any failure to diagnose a medical condition can have serious consequences, there are certain illnesses and injuries that are more frequently misdiagnosed, and others that may have deadly results due to delayed or failed diagnoses.
The following conditions may cause serious harm if misdiagnosed:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Maternal diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Why Doctors Fail to Diagnose Medical Conditions
Why do doctors sometimes fail to diagnose medical conditions? There are some circumstances where rare diseases or conditions go undiagnosed although a doctor provided proper care. There are others where a doctor’s negligence, or failure to provide an acceptable level of care, is the cause of the misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failed diagnosis. Identifying these circumstances provides the foundation for a resulting medical malpractice action, and a way for an injured patient to recover compensation for medical care, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and other losses.
The following are reasons a doctor may fail to diagnose a medical condition:
- Failure to get a complete medical history for a patient
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist for additional testing
- Improper interpretation of test results
- Failure to perform a test that should have been recommended
- Failure to follow up with a patient after an initial visit
Contact the Law Office of David A. Kates
A failure to diagnose can have serious or even deadly consequences, and at the Law Office of David A. Kates we believe in holding the responsible parties accountable. The first step will be to contact our firm for a free consultation. At this time, attorney David Kates can talk to you about what occurred and whether you may have a viable case.
Call (718) 866-3664 to get started. We serve the Queens area of NYC.
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