Hudson Valley Medical Malpractice Attorneys Helping Patients after a Doctor’s Failure to Diagnose a Serious Medical Condition
Medical knowledge and technology is expanding and evolving constantly. More than ever, doctors have access to countless diagnostic tools and resources, enabling them to provide faster and more accurate diagnoses to their patients. That said, all the tests and tools in the world can’t substitute for a competent and attentive physician. No matter how many tests and tools are at their disposal, if a doctor is negligent in observing their patient’s symptoms or interpreting test results, then the patient’s appropriate diagnosis may still go unfound.
At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, we’ve been fighting for victims of medical malpractice for years. Our skilled Hudson Valley medical error attorneys are ready and able to demand the compensation you deserve after a doctor’s failure to diagnose caused injury to you or a loved one. Let our knowledgeable and battle-tested Kingston attorneys negotiate with medical facilities and insurers to get you the money damages you need, so that you can focus on healing.
Failure to diagnose can have lasting or fatal consequences
We trust medical professionals to use their utmost skill and ability to provide us and our families with care when we’re sick—in fact, we entrust them with our lives. In truth, even the best doctors may not be able to diagnose every case. Some patient’s conditions might not have been identifiable by even the most informed and engaged physician. But we expect—and the law requires—that doctors meet the basic standard of behaving as would a reasonable physician under the same or similar circumstances when examining a patient.
For example, let’s say a doctor felt a lump in the patient’s neck. Best practices might dictate that the physician conduct a test of the lump to determine whether it is cancerous or indicative of another issue. In that case, if the doctor fails to conduct a more in-depth examination of the lump and simply suggests that the patient wait and see what happens, the doctor has failed to uphold his or her duty of care to the patient and may bear liability for the patient’s resulting illness.
Delayed diagnosis can have serious or fatal consequences for victims
Many medical conditions can be completely or in large measure treated if identified early, but can quickly become fatal if permitted to spread throughout the body. Failure to diagnose can have catastrophic consequences for patients with the following conditions:
- Stroke or embolism
- Cancers such as ovarian or pancreatic cancer
- Internal bleeding
- Staph infections
- Heart attack
Get Help after a Diagnostic Error from Experienced Hudson Valley Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Patients whose doctor’s failure to diagnose their illness caused them to suffer a worse prognosis may have a right to money damages. Find out if you or your loved one is a good candidate to file a New York failure to diagnose claim by contacting the effective and trial-ready Hudson Valley medical malpractice lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a consultation, at 845-331-4100 (Kingston), or at 845-236-4411 (Marlboro).