Cancer, Stroke And Other Ailments Take A Greater Toll When Diagnosis Is Delayed Or Does Not Proceed As It Should
Medical professionals are responsible for recognizing potential medical problems before they become life-threatening or chronic. There can be no treatment until there is a proper diagnosis. So the physician begins a scientific process of elimination. Based on the symptoms, patient history, examination and diagnostics, they methodically rule out the most serious possibilities to eventually identify the problem and decide on an appropriate treatment plan.
When a physician deviates from the accepted means and methods of the medical community, they may come to the wrong conclusion. Misdiagnosis of an acute condition such as stroke or heart failure can result in lasting injury or death. Misdiagnosis of a serious illness such as cancer can lead to harmful treatment, such as unnecessary surgery or radiation. A delay in the correct diagnosis because of initial misdiagnosis may deprive the patient of the window of opportunity for a cure.
Any of these scenarios may constitute an actionable claim for medical negligence. At the Law Office of Bradley A. Sacks, we have extensive experience litigating medical malpractice cases.
Stroke, Cardiac Problems, Cancers, Traumas And Fractures
The symptoms of stroke, heart attack and other medical problems can vary. All too often, doctors do not take the time to carefully listen to patients’ concerns. Still, a physician is expected to recognize telltale symptoms of serious conditions. Likewise, physicians are expected to perform routine tests to rule out or identify medical conditions. When a doctor’s methods fall below the established standard of care, and that lapse in judgment or procedure results in harm, they 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 follow standard protocols, resulting in misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or further harm, it may be medical malpractice.
There are many other types of medical conditions that may be misdiagnosed and circumstances in which a medical professional can fail in their obligation to a patient. The Law Office of Bradley A. Sacks has the experience to assist you in leveling the playing field to obtain monetary compensation for the suffering, diminished enjoyment of life and financial losses that can result from one of these medical tragedies.
- $2.65 million for failure to diagnose a parasitic infection of the brain that led to a stroke
- $1.05 million settlement in Brooklyn for failure to diagnose esophageal cancer in the wrongful death of a 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.