Misdiagnosis

A Knowledgeable Lawyer Can Help Recover Damages for Medical Misdiagnosis Cases

If you suspect diagnosis error led to your injury, speak with an experienced malpractice attorney today

Every day, millions of Americans trust medical professionals to analyze their symptoms, perform the correct medical tests and accurately diagnose illnesses or conditions. We all understand some ailments hide even from the finest doctors until harm is inevitable. But when a doctor or other medical professional fails to make a correct or timely diagnosis due to negligence or ignorance, an experienced malpractice attorney like the New York City lawyers at Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC can help recover the damages to which the patient is rightly entitled.

When is a wrong diagnosis medical malpractice?

Medicine is based on scientific fact but not all science is exact. Some symptoms may indicate many possible ailments, leaving room for analysis and interpretation by the doctor. To hold doctors completely legally liable for every misdiagnosis would be grossly unfair.

However, the law fairly holds doctors to a certain professional standard of care. As in almost any regulated profession, a standard of care is usually determined by the answer to the question, “Did the doctor diagnose the patient in a way that another reasonably prudent, similarly-trained professional would have given the same evidence and symptoms?” If not, the doctor may be guilty of medical malpractice.

While the concepts sound simple, proving in court that your doctor failed to provide a standard of care often involves complicated issues. Personal injury lawyers, judges, and juries have not been trained as doctors, making it difficult for them to determine if your doctor committed medical malpractice.

At Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC, we call upon over 59 years of experience as medical malpractice attorneys to use medical records and expert witnesses to help prove misdiagnosis.

Common types of misdiagnoses

Medical professionals make incorrect or delayed diagnoses in certain types of cases more frequently than in others:

  • Heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolisms (blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs, usually a blood clot), the symptoms of which are often quite similar to those of other ailments
  • Cancers and tumors, which may hide deep within the body
  • Infections, which often present no outward symptoms

Victims of medical misdiagnosis should retain the legal help they need to fight back

At the New York City personal injury lawyers at Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC, we bring over five decades of malpractice law experience to the table for every client we represent. Let our legal family help yours start down the road to recovery today. Contact us online or at (212) 696-9100 as soon as possible to arrange a free consultation.