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Failure to Diagnose Archives

Investigating silent heart attacks

Patients who present to hospitals and medical centers in Queens complaining of symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, arm pain or a shortness of breath should immediately trigger an assessment for a possible heart attack. In many cases, heart attacks may be misdiagnosed because the aforementioned symptoms are also linked to other ailments like indigestion, muscle aches or anxiety. If doctors struggle to correctly link the symptoms of a heart attack to an actual cardiac event, one can only imagine how much more difficult it may be to diagnose a heart attack that is asymptomatic.

Why is your doctor spending less time with you?

You go to see your doctor in Kew Gardens likely expecting that he or she will take the time to sit down and devote all of his or her attention to you. However, such an expectation is often not met these days as doctors seem to be flying from one exam room to the next at ever-increasing speeds. This may prompt the question of how likely is it that your doctor will be able to correctly diagnose your medical problems if he or she is only giving you a few minutes of attention?

Lawsuit claims VA provider failed to diagnose man’s cancer

Those in Kew Gardens who go to hospitals and healthcare clinics looking to see what might be ailing them no doubt believe in the diagnoses that their clinicians give to them. However, what is often lost in the desire to trust in the skills and expertise of healthcare providers is the fact that they are only human. This makes them subject to both errors in judgment as well as the temptation to allow other factors to influence their decision-making.

Lawsuit claims doctor misdiagnosed stroke patient

The patients seen in hospitals and medical centers in Queens likely trust that the education and experience of their doctors will help in diagnosing whatever issues may be ailing them. In some cases, people may come in demonstrating commonly known signs & symptoms of a particular condition, and perhaps already have an idea of what they may be suffering from. Yet if a doctor’s diagnosis contradicts their own opinions, they may instead choose to rely on his or her professional opinion. The trouble is that doctors are not always right.

Determining if one has been misdiagnosed

Most patients seeking medical care in Woodbury place a great deal of confidence in their doctors’ diagnostic skills. While such professionals are indeed the ones that patients would want attempting to assess what may be ailing them, it should be remembered that healthcare professionals are human, and thus subject to judgment errors just like everyone else. Indeed, data shared by BMJ Quality and Safety shows diagnostic errors to be the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the U.S.

Examining the concept of location-based decision-making

Most people in Queens seek medical care under the assumption that no matter the conditions or circumstances surrounding their visits, the healthcare providers that see them will be able to correctly diagnose their injuries and/or ailments. However, given the many different settings in which care is rendered, one might assume that the conditions present could impact a provider’s decision-making.

Asking for a second opinion

The doctors and other healthcare providers that you work with Woodbury no doubt went through years of schooling as well as extensive training to hold positions they currently do. All of that experience should be enough to make you feel completely confident in any diagnosis or opinion that they give, right? We here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP have worked with many clients who have had to suffer due to a provider misdiagnosing their conditions or failing to identify them altogether. In these cases, their troubles may have been avoided by simply seeking a second opinion.

Understanding heuristics

A question that many in Kew Gardens may have is exactly how do their doctors come up with diagnoses for their medical conditions? While advances in laboratory and radiological science now offer healthcare providers a bevy of tests to help confirm or disprove a preliminary diagnosis, many may still rely on certain indicators or their own experience when making medical conclusions. Statistics seem to show that this does not always work. Information compiled by The Institute of Medicine and shared by the Mercola website shows that roughly 12 million diagnostic errors occur in America every year.

How the healthcare system may cause harm – Part X

When Kew Gardens residents hear of stories regarding medical errors, their first assumption may be that these mistakes only occur in hospitals, given that a majority of the data detailing them comes from such facilities. However, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of people visiting clinics to be exponentially higher than those seeking care at hospitals. In 2011, the CDC reported that 125.7 million Americans visited hospitals for outpatient treatment. By way of comparison, the same agency showed that 928.6 million people were seen in clinics in the U.S. in 2012.

What is failure to diagnose?

When a New York doctor does not diagnosis your condition properly, it is considered a failure to diagnosis. This term is legal in nature. In the medical field, it is usually just called a misdiagnosis, which encompasses failing to render the correct diagnosis, not diagnosing a condition at all or coming to a proper diagnosis after a delay. Issues with properly diagnosing conditions are the main reason medical malpractice suits are filed in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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