Preventative care, early diagnoses, and timely treatment are arguably the
surest way to keep a patient healthy and to cure a patient’s disease.
Unfortunately, many patients receive subpar care and are not diagnosed
as quickly as they should have been. Even worse, some patients are never
diagnosed with their disease even though they saw a doctor who should
have spotted the disease.
Cases of misdiagnoses and failures to diagnose are seen by many
experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorneys. How does it happen? Why? Will it ever stop? What can I do if I am a victim
of a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose?
If you or a loved one is a victim of this type of
medical malpractice, you know all too well that a misdiagnosis can lead to: continued suffering;
prolonged pain; decreased quality of life; a shortened life span; and
even death. Quite plainly, this is what happens when diseases aren’t
caught in time.
How does it happen?
- Failure to properly receive a patient’s medical history, either by
failing to interview the patient or by failing to receive the patient’s
past medical records.
- By not having the patient properly tested. This can be as simple as failing
to test the patient’s blood, or failing to get the patient’s
blood pressure. It isn’t hard to imagine what will happen if a doctor
failed to order an x-ray, cardiogram, MRI, or other such test.
- Failing to admit a patient into the hospital.
- Discharging a patient too early from a hospital.
Why does it happen?
- Failing to follow office and or hospital protocol and procedures.
- A failure to implement adequate protocols and procedures.
- Moving too quickly.
- Improper supervision.
- Recklessness or an utter disregard for the patient’s well being.
Will it ever stop?
medical malpractice due to a medical professional’s failure to diagnose or failure to
correctly diagnose a patient will most likely continue to occur. The rates
of these types of medical malpractice have not significantly declined
and are most likely underreported. Sometimes, the patient isn’t
even aware that the doctor did not give a timely diagnosis.
What can I do if I am a victim of a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose?
As soon as you become aware of the mistake, you should quickly contact
an experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorney. Remember, there is a statute of limitations in New York that says you
only have so much time to sue the negligent doctor before a court will
not allow you to recover compensation.
You are entitled to compensation for any and all injuries and damages caused
by your doctor’s improper, inadequate, untimely, and or non-existent
diagnosis of your disease.
Learn about medical malpractice and the many times of negligent acts which
constitute medical malpractice in
our latest blog post available here. Learn about surgical errors
in our blog post available by clicking here.
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