Our New Jersey Firm Represents Clients Injured Because of Failure to Diagnose Medical Conditions
Let our lawyer-doctor investigate your recovery for harm caused by delayed treatment of diseases and injuries
Since 1976, Seigel Law has helped patients who suffered harm because of mistakes made by their healthcare providers. Our Ridgewood based law firm serves clients in the communities of Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton.
Failure to diagnose a medical condition can result in delays in treatment. This might make your disease more difficult or impossible to treat. Your doctor has the duty to analyze your symptoms and order diagnostic tests when in doubt. If your illness progressed because your doctor did not abide by this basic standard of medical practice, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Our lawyers answer your medical malpractice questions and explain your rights to obtain compensation.
Failure to diagnose cancer
Catching cancer at its early stages drastically increases the chances for survival. Modern diagnostic tests have made it possible for doctors to detect small tumors that in the past might have been missed until the cancer grew and metastasized. However, diagnostic tools are only useful if doctors order them and read the results correctly.
Failure to diagnose your cancer at the localized stage I may allow the tumor to spread to the surrounding tissues in stages II and III or to distant organs in stage IV. Once the cancer has spread, treatments become less effective and more invasive. At stage IV, the cancer may already be terminal.
Uncontrolled infections because of delay in treatment
Infections are caused by a variety of pathogens — such as viruses, bacteria or fungi — that attack your body. A patient may hardly notice minor infections that may eventually heal on their own. Others are medical emergencies that can become deadly if not promptly treated. In some cases, even minor infections that are not properly cared for can develop into sepsis — when the infection triggers large-scale immune response and widespread inflammation — which may cause septic shock and eventually death.
Emergency room errors in diagnosis
Emergency rooms are often crowded, chaotic places. Hospital personnel must made quick, accurate decisions about which patients to treat first for what types of conditions. To do this, they use a triage method of identifying the most severe cases and making those patients a priority. However, sometimes they get it wrong, even when the symptoms of a patient’s medical condition would be obvious to a similarly situated medical professional.
This negligence can cost patients crucial time and possibly their lives. For example, stroke and cardiac arrest patients benefit from early treatments that can minimize damage to the brain or heart. Delays typically result in heart or brain damage, and often death.
Hold your healthcare provider liable for misdiagnosis that resulted in harmful treatment delays
Seigel Law is exclusively devoted to PI and medical malpractice recovery. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary initial appointment with our lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood office in northern New Jersey. Our attorneys can also visit you in your home or at the hospital if necessary. Our contingency arrangement means you do not owe us attorney fees unless we recover damages.