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Failed Diagnoses

New York, New Jersey and Nationwide

Failed diagnosis, also known as failure to diagnose, is a type of medical malpractice that occurs when a doctor fails to recognize the symptoms of a dangerous condition, resulting in injury, worsening your condition, or death. A failed diagnosis may include any type of injury or illness, such as a bone fracture which leads to complications or failure to diagnose and prescribe treatment for cancer. Failed diagnosis is different from misdiagnosis, but both may occur simultaneously.

The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC work to make sure our clients get the compensation and justice they deserve when they are injured because of a failed diagnosis.

Failed Diagnosis a Too-Common Error

Failure to diagnose a serious condition which, along with delayed diagnosis and other diagnostics errors, is the basis for approximately half of all medical malpractice cases. Unfortunately this can lead to the loss of a loved one in many instances. Failure to diagnose the correct injury or illness is also a common type of emergency room error.

While some conditions simply occur too quickly or are exceptionally rare and difficult to diagnose, the majority of failed diagnosis cases occur because of physician error. Many patients suffer permanent or debilitating illness or injury simply because their doctors were not thorough enough in testing for potential causes to their illness or injury, or were otherwise negligent.

Examples of illnesses doctors or medical staff may fail to diagnose include:

  • Heart attack
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

Any type of medical professional may incorrectly diagnose a condition, and the treatment of a nonexistent condition in a patient often leads to other types of complications. Often the failure to diagnose a condition may be accompanied by symptomatic treatments which increase the negative effects of the actual condition. The incorrect medication or wrong kind of surgery can cause debilitating side effects in a patient for whom they are not appropriate.

Personalized Attention for Failed Diagnosis Victims

The attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC have extensive experience in defending the rights and pursuing justice against medical professionals who fail to correctly diagnose and treat conditions in the patients who trust them. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our medical malpractice clients. Our attorneys provide individual attention to each of our clients so you can be confident that your case is receiving the attention it deserves.

If your physician failed to diagnose your condition and you have suffered from his or her negligence, please contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Morelli Ratner PC today. We serve New York and New Jersey, including New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the surrounding areas.

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