Doctors are obligated to provide their patients with the best treatment they can administer. Unfortunately, a variety of circumstances can inhibit physicians’ ability to perform up to standards, which can, in turn, affect their patients. Victims of medical malpractice are often unaware of their rights, and many cases remain unreported.
One of the most common causes for a medical malpractice case is considered a “failure to diagnose.” If a doctor is unable to determine the cause for symptoms, or interprets the cause incorrectly, patients can suffer prolonged pain and suffering, unnecessary medical expenses, and in extreme cases, wrongful death.
If a doctor is unable to reach a diagnosis based on symptoms, they should refer their patient to a more qualified and specialized MD. Failure to refer a patient is also considered medical malpractice.
Life threatening diseases, such as cancer, can worsen if left undiagnosed, which enables cancerous cells to spread. Patients who are victims of delayed cancer treatment are often unable to rid themselves of the condition because it has had time to multiply. Additionally, even if a patient successfully fights off the cancer, they must undergo much more extensive treatment, which can be mentally and physically exhausting, extremely expensive, and emotionally traumatic.
If you or someone you know had a doctor fail to diagnose a condition then you may be entitled to compensantion. Call Slater Slater Schulman LLP at (212) 481-7400 for a free consultation.