Effective medical treatment begins with a proper, timely diagnosis of the condition and best treatment options. At any level of health care—from a general practitioner to a medical specialist and surgeon—getting a diagnosis wrong can lead to costly delays and can cause more harm than good. When the misdiagnosis involves a life-threatening condition like cancer, getting it right can be a matter of life and death.
For more than 30 years, Fishkill medical malpractice litigation lawyer Ira M. Maurer has been helping people recover justice after suffering a serious medical injury caused by misdiagnosis or improper treatment of a medical condition. If you think your doctor failed to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition, call the Maurer Law Firm at 845-896-5295 to arrange a free consultation about your circumstances.
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
A physician has a duty to properly identify and diagnose certain conditions, including breast cancer. When he or she fails to do so, the patient may have cause for a medical malpractice action and the right to claim compensation.
The fact that a woman was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer is not in itself a sufficient basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit. It’s necessary to show that the doctor's actions, or lack of action, failed to meet the expected standard of care. This may include:
- Failure to order a biopsy
- Failure to order an MRI, CT scan or other diagnostic test
- Improperly interpreting a mammogram, biopsy result, or other test result
- Diagnosing a tumor as benign or mistaking a tumor as a cyst
- Failure to inform the patient of the existence of a cancerous or pre-cancerous condition
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack
Failure to diagnose a heart attack or serious vascular problem can have catastrophic effects. This failure can happen in any one of a number of venues, including an emergency room, a general practitioner's office or a specialist's examination room.
The medical professional may fail to recognize the classic symptoms of a heart attack, which include:
- Chest pain
- Left arm and shoulder pain
- Shortness of breath
The malpractice may also involve the failure to order further medical tests or the failure to treat an aortic aneurysm or symptomatic coronary artery disease (CAD).
Many people with heart or cardiovascular problems feel fine until the moment a heart attack or stroke strikes. When they see a doctor or go to the emergency room and the problem is overlooked or misdiagnosed as anxiety, muscle aches, or even indigestion, precious time is lost— time that could be used to pinpoint the exact nature of the problem and commence a surgical procedure or a treatment regimen.
Experience with Complex Misdiagnosis Cases
The Maurer Law Firm has the professional capacity and resources to handle the most complex cases involving medical negligence. Attorney Ira M. Maurer has a record of recovering many millions of dollars in settlements and the jury awards on behalf of clients has earned him the distinction of being a lifetime member of the national Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
In addition to the misdiagnosis of breast cancer and heart attack listed above, Ira M. Maurer has experience with cases of misdiagnosis made by health care providers including:
- Misdiagnosis leading to medications errors
- Misdiagnosis resulting in surgical errors
- Misdiagnosis resulting in emergency room errors
- Hospital mistakes
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer
- Birth injuries resulting from improper diagnosis or treatment
When a Misdiagnosis Occurs
If it’s determined that you have a misdiagnosis case, attorney Ira M. Maurer will undertake a comprehensive legal effort to document the negligence. Working with specialists, he’ll identify the nature of the negligence, the effects the misdiagnosis had on you, and prepare the case for trial.
By focusing particular attention on your losses, including financial losses, physical pain and emotional suffering, Ira M. Maurer will work in a sensitive, diligent manner at all stages of the legal process to seek the best possible result for you.
At the Maurer Law Firm, it has always been the practice to keep all clients fully informed about the legal issues that affect their case. Attorney Ira M. Maurer prides himself on being flexible, responsive, and available to answer your questions and to discuss your case anytime. When it comes time to make critical decisions about the outcome of your case, you will be fully informed and comfortable with the process.
Contact an Experienced Misdiagnosis Attorney Today
We represent patients who have suffered harm through medical malpractice and the families of wrongful death victims. Ira M. Maurer is a highly experienced trial attorney with the medical and financial resources needed to pursue these often complex cases. When you retain our firm, we’ll organize and direct a comprehensive legal effort designed to obtain full compensation for you.
If you or a loved one suffered a misdiagnosis by your doctor, please call 845-896-5295 today to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve those who live in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and nearby areas of New York.