Failure to Diagnose

In New York Medical Malpractice law, attorneys often see similar claim patterns repeated among clients and patients.  Among the most common of these involves what is known as a “Failure to Diagnose” claim of medical malpractice.   In a report recently released by researchers at Johns-Hopkins School of Medicine, misdiagnosis leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths and permanent disabilities each year in the United States.

“An estimated 795 000 Americans become permanently disabled or die annually across care settings because dangerous diseases are misdiagnosed. Just 15 diseases account for about half of all serious harms.”  See report.

A CNN Article about the study indicates that “Nearly 40% of those severe outcomes including death and permanent disability are linked to errors in diagnosing a group of five conditions: stroke, sepsis, pneumonia, venous thromboembolism (a blood clot in a vein) and lung cancer.”

Unfortunately, many victims may not even realize that they have been misdiagnosed and a victim of medical malpractice.  As we see often in the legal setting of a medical malpractice claim, communication among providers is often lacking and medical providers do not completely understand the medical history of a patient.  In the end, it is the patient who suffers the results of this lack of coordinated medical care.

An excellent presentation on this issue can be found at CNN in this video.

Undoubtedly, many more cases exist concerning patients who were seriously or catastrophically injured by medical negligence. This is why it is critical for someone who believes that they, or a loved one, are the victim of medical malpractice to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer with the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate a potential claim and seek justice for those affected. Victims of medical malpractice may be able to recoup compensation for their losses by filing a lawsuit with the assistance our New York City medical malpractice lawyers.

Our medical malpractice lawyers in New York understand the severity of medical negligence. When a patient undergoes medical treatment, they expect their physician to act in a safe and responsible manner. When a medical provider acts negligently, however, the results can be devastating for the patient. Medical malpractice can cause patients serious injuries and force them to face a number of hardships. In addition to the serious physical ailments that can be caused by a medical provider’s negligence, patients may also experience a number of serious financial hardships. Victims of medical malpractice may be forced to deal with lost wages due to time missed at work, serious damage to their future earning potential and high medical bills.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our medical malpractice lawyers in NYC, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.