Misdiagnosis of A Medical Condition

Cancer, Stroke and Other Ailments Take a Greater Toll When Diagnosis Is Delayed or Does Not Proceed as It Should

When a patient seeks advice from a physician, it may be for a checkup to make sure he or she is healthy or it may be because of a specific complaint or problem. A physician cannot properly evaluate nor treat a patient without following a methodical approach and generally accepted means and methods. The physician must first obtain all necessary information and then adequately and correctly diagnose a problem.

Proper diagnosis, then, is the first and most important step in the treatment process. Medical professionals are also responsible for recognizing potential medical problems before they become life-threatening or chronic. This means practitioners must perform tests that are acknowledged by their peers to assist in such evaluations. When a physician fails to act in accordance with the set standards of his or her field, he or she may have committed medical malpractice. At the Law Office of Bradley A. Sacks, we have a wide range of experience litigating such medical malpractice cases.

Stroke, Cardiac Problems, Cancers, Traumas and Fractures

Unfortunately, all too often doctors fail to properly diagnose patients who have suffered a stroke or other cardiac problems — either because the symptoms of these ailments can vary, or because doctors do not take the time to carefully listen to patients. Still, a physician is required to be familiar with potential symptoms and recognize them in patients. Physicians are required to perform available routine tests and diagnostic procedures to screen patients for cancers, and for patients who already exhibit symptoms of any type of cancer. When a doctor's treatment falls below the requisite standard of care established by the medical community, he or she may have committed medical malpractice.

Similarly, after a traumatic accident, physicians are required to assess whether or not a patient has suffered a fracture or displacement of a joint. The patient must be carefully examined, and imaging studies must be obtained and reviewed. When a medical professional fails to adhere to this standard and further harm is caused, he or she may have committed medical malpractice.

There are many other types of medical conditions that may be misdiagnosed and circumstances in which a medical professional can fail in his or her obligation to a patient. The Law Office of Bradley A. Sacks has the experience to assist you in leveling the playing field to obtain for you or your loved one monetary compensation for the suffering, diminished enjoyment of life and financial losses that can result from one of these medical tragedies.

Recent Results

  • $2,650,000 for failure to diagnose a parasitic infection of the brain that led to a stroke.
  • $1,050,000 settlement in Brooklyn for failure to diagnose esophageal cancer in the wrongful death of 50-year-old man.
  • $850,000 for delayed diagnosis of intestinal perforation following cancer surgery.

Get Legal Support for Your Misdiagnosis Case

If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact the Law Office of Bradley A. Sacks online or call 646-835-2075 to schedule a free consultation with no obligation at which we can discuss your situation and your legal options.