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We rely on healthcare professionals to diagnose conditions and prescribe timely and proper treatment to expedite healing. Although doctors do make mistakes just like anyone else, a medical professional’s preventable mistake can result in a patient’s serious injury and even wrongful death. This is especially true when a physician misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose a serious condition such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
If you or someone you love has suffered at the hand of a negligent doctor or healthcare facility, you need a knowledgeable, aggressive personal injury attorney who will leave no stone unturned in an effort to pursue your medical malpractice claim and hold the right people responsible for your injuries. With offices in Red Bank, Hazlet and Brick, NJ, Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. has collected millions of dollars in damages on behalf of injured clients because of a diagnostic mistake. Rest assured, we will work tirelessly to get you the justice you deserve.
The statistics regarding preventable diagnostic mistakes in the United States are staggering. According to the prestigious BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), 12 million adults annually — that’s one in approximately every 20 adult patients — gets misdiagnosed when seeking medical care outside of hospitals. In at least half of those cases, it was reported that the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose a condition resulted in significant harm to the patient. The study, published in 2014, doesn’t even take into account preventable diagnostic errors made in hospitals, nor were children included in the research.
There are many reasons healthcare workers make mistakes diagnosing serious conditions such as cancer, including breast, prostate, ovarian and uterine cancers. Some medical experts believe doctors are fatigued from being overworked. Additionally, busy medical facilities pull doctors in many directions as they deal with a variety of patients and injuries and conditions. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that cough, abdominal pain and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of misdiagnosed conditions. Each could indicate a common condition, but they are also signs of catastrophic illness.
Regardless of how the medical mistake was allowed to happen, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Some common medical mistakes in New Jersey include:
Misdiagnosis of a Condition: If a doctor doesn’t recognize the symptoms of an illness to be related to the appropriate condition, the patient could easily be misdiagnosed. For example, horrible headaches may not be associated properly with a brain aneurysm, or severe abdominal pain may be attributed to gas when the real issue is appendicitis. When a patient is misdiagnosed, they will likely get treatment for the wrong medical issue. Not only will their true problem go undetected and untreated, but the medicine prescribed can have serious consequences.
Delayed Diagnosis of a Condition: When a physician fails to detect symptoms of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart disease, it stands to reason that they won’t order the proper diagnostic tests. Delayed testing leads to delayed diagnosis, thereby delaying treatment. This can cause life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, to advance and result in serious injury or death if the patient doesn’t receive treatment in a timely manner.
Failure to Diagnose a Condition: We rely on medical professionals to diagnose health-related issues. Doctors rely on diagnostic tests such as x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, Pap smears, prostate cancer screenings, etc. If a radiologist misreads a test or the lab doesn’t properly document important findings, the patient’s condition will not be diagnosed accurately.
When you’ve been injured by a healthcare worker’s preventable mistake, we understand you may be angry and frustrated. You trusted them to “do no harm.” They failed you and your family. Three generations of lawyers at Drazin & Warshaw have been proud to be a strong voice for victims of medical malpractice in New Jersey. For more than 70 years, we have fought hard to get our clients the compensation and justice they deserve.
Our reputation throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties and across New Jersey speaks for itself. We are known as the personal injury lawyers who never back down. We put extensive resources and outstanding levels of medical knowledge to work for each client who walks through our doors in need of compassionate, aggressive legal representation.
In fact, we are very good at what we do. We have secured verdicts that still stand as landmark decisions in the areas of medical malpractice and product liability. Noteworthy successes include:
Diagnostic mistakes are caused when the wrong tests are ordered, the tests are misinterpreted, the doctor doesn’t get a full history on the patient to get an understanding of the entire medical picture at hand, etc. These are all preventable errors. If you or someone you love is a victim of delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis or a complete failure to diagnose a serious condition such as cancer, you may be able to recover damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Don’t wait to contact Drazin & Warshaw about your medical malpractice case. New Jersey has strict deadlines for filing these cases. Talk with a knowledgeable lawyer today for free to find out your rights and how NJ’s statute of limitations applies to your case.
We work on contingency. This means that in addition to a free consultation and no upfront legal fees, you won’t pay Drazin & Warshaw a dime unless we collect damages for you in your failure to diagnose lawsuit. We have three offices conveniently located in Red Bank, Hazlet and Brick, New Jersey. Contact us today!