Medical misdiagnosis refers to the failure of a medical professional to correctly diagnose a medical condition. Medical misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and other types of misdiagnosis are common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits.

Although medical misdiagnosis can result in severe or even fatal consequences, medical misdiagnosis is not uncommon. In fact, one Harvard study showed that medical misdiagnosis kills about 80,000 people each year and accounts for 20-40 percent of all doctors’ mistakes.

Medical Misdiagnosis of Signs & Symptoms

Although medical misdiagnosis does not always constitute medical malpractice, doctors have a duty to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of certain conditions. If doctors find symptoms present that they cannot diagnose, they are responsible for determining what the root cause is.

In instances where a patient has high risk factors for developing certain conditions, a doctor should be aware of those conditions, monitor if the patient’s risk has increased, and understand that the patient has a higher likelihood of developing those conditions.

Medical Misdiagnosis Lawsuits

Medical malpractice lawsuits stemming from medical misdiagnosis occur most often from the:

  • misdiagnosis of cancer
  • misdiagnosis of a heart attack
  • misdiagnosis of a pulmonary embolism
  • misdiagnosis of appendicitis
  • misdiagnosis of bacterial meningitis

These are not the medical conditions that are misdiagnosed most often, but are simply the medical conditions that lead to the most severe injuries when doctors misdiagnose them (and hence to  higher dollar awards in medical misdiagnosis lawsuits). The medical misdiagnosis of other serious conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, is very common, but the failure to diagnose these conditions does not lead as rapidly to severe injury.

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If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury because of a doctor’s medical misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. With a medical misdiagnosis lawsuit, our lawyers and experienced New York medical misdiagnosis co-counsel may be able to help you recover compensation for:

  • medical bills
  • lost income
  • pain and suffering
  • and more

Contact an attorney immediately because you have a limted time from the date the medical misdiagnosis occurred within which to file a medical misdiagnosis claim. Contact our New York attorneys today for a free and confidential case review.

Published November 17, 2011 by