Misdiagnosis Attorneys Morris County, NJ
Dover Missed Diagnosis Lawyers fight for you when the doctor isn’t always right
Illnesses, diseases, and other serious medical conditions may be misdiagnosed as often as 40 percent of the time, according to some reports. When a heart attack is misdiagnosed as indigestion, Lyme disease as arthritis, stroke as a migraine headache or bacterial meningitis as the flu, the consequences can be catastrophic.
Because we trust our doctors, we may continue to ignore signs that something isn’t right. We assume that the medication needs a little more time to kick in, or maybe we are supposed to feel worse before we feel better. But time is not on your side. If your condition is not improving — or worse yet, if it is worsening — call your doctor or get a second opinion.
Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice, meaning that your physician, hospital or nursing home has failed to provide you with a level of care that meets medical standards. At the Morristown law offices of Smith & Doran, P.C., we are ready to provide personal and effective legal representation for any client affected by a misdiagnosis. We know how to fight for your future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication. The lawyer you hire is the lawyer you get, every step of the way.
Parsippany, NJ Missed Diagnosis Attorneys discuss common causes of misdiagnosis
Among the provisions of New Jersey’s Patient Bill of Rights are the rights to receive “considerate and respectful care consistent with sound nursing practices and medical practices” and “to obtain from the physician complete, current information concerning diagnoses, treatment, and prognoses in terms that can reasonably be expected to be understood.” This clearly outlines the expectations we have of doctors and medical staff to diligently and properly perform their duties.
One of the most common reasons for misdiagnoses is the physician’s failure to listen. Known as “premature closure,” it means your doctor jumped conclusions based on insufficient information. Failure to obtain complete information from you, or worse yet, a dismissal of your concerns, is a serious breach of patients’ rights, and can lead to missed diagnoses and injury.
Another common cause of a misdiagnosis includes the failure to properly interpret test results. Medical professionals are trained to thoroughly examine test results, and a failure to do so, or an incorrectly drawn conclusion, can lead to injury for the patient.
Have I Been Misdiagnosed?
The science of medicine and healing is far from exact. Some treatments take time to begin healing you, or may even make you feel worse as a side-effect of the treatment. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your doctor should always keep you completely informed about your treatment, and what to expect. If you have doubts about your treatment, don’t be afraid to bring them up with your doctor. If they are unable to answer your questions or concerns satisfactorily, you can always get a second (or even third) opinion.
If your condition is different from what your doctor told you to expect, or if a proscribed treatment is not having the affect it was supposed to, you may have been misdiagnosed. Talking with a different doctor about your condition may inform you as to whether or not you have been properly diagnosed. If you have been injured as a result of an improper or missed diagnosis, you may wish to seek financial compensation for your injuries.
Contact a Morristown Missed Diagnosis Lawyer Today
Founding partner Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.
Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.
If you have been harmed because of a missed diagnosis, Smith & Doran is ready to help. To schedule a cost-free consultation about your misdiagnosis, contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-261-6254. Weekend and evening appointments are available. If necessary, one of our medical malpractice attorneys will arrange to meet with you at the hospital or at your home.
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