Cases of medical malpractice lawsuits arising from patients in New York City being misdiagnosed by doctors are not all that uncommon. Yet they may not be representative of the total number of misdiagnosis cases that occur in the U.S. every year. Information shared by CBS News puts that number at 12 million incidents annually, half of which can result in significant harm to patients. Yet are all of those cases examples of doctor negligence? This essentially amounts to questioning whether the law allows your doctor to be wrong once in a while.
One common reason people go to their doctors in New York City is to learn about issues that may increase their risk of developing serious and life-threatening conditions. Patients trust them implicitly with their lives. When doctors and nurses abuse that trust by acting negligently, their patients often end up paying with their health.
You will likely be the first to admit that you do not have the level of clinical knowledge the many doctors practicing in Queens possess. At the same time, those doctors also need to recognize that you are the world's foremost authority on yourself. However, getting both sides to understand that is often difficult. At times it may even seem as though the two of you are not speaking the same language.
One of the consistent complaints that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP hear from clients in Queens is that it is so difficult to understand medical jargon. Thus, when trying to determine whether the problems associated with their medical care were indeed due to provider errors, it is often challenging to interpret the information in their medical records. For example, when you think of the word "diagnosis," you are actually thinking of a definitive diagnosis. That is the answer doctors have after doing an actual workup on you. However, it is often difficcult for providers to come to a definitive diagnosis (even with the assistance of diagnostic testing). That is when other types of diagnoses come into play.
One who has been fortunate enough not to have to go an ER in Queens might only have the high-pressure images shared by TV shows to form an opinion on what such an environment is like. While popular media depictions are often dramatized, real world emergency departments can be quite hectic. The providers working in them may often feel pressured to diagnose and discharge people rapidly in order to accommodate heavy patient volumes. While some may be able to understand this to a certain extent, the need to provide quality care should always take priority over rapid treatment. When it does not, the results can be disastrous for patients.
Most in Queeens likely feel confident enough in the skills and experience of their doctors to take whatever diagnoses they are given to the bank. Yet as statistics show, diagnotic errors remain a huge problem confronting the healthcare industry. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that such errors account for 17 percent of the preventable errors that occur among hospitalized patients in America. Many question how, with their extensive clinical knowledge and the many technological tools at their disposal, doctors can still misdiagnose patients. The answer may lie in taking a closer look at the diagnostic process itself.
Finding out you have cancer is probably one of the top scariest things you could ever imagine happening to you. Every day people are getting a cancer diagnosis in New York. However, every day there are also people who are seeing a doctor and not getting the proper diagnosis. Leaving cancer undiagnosed is a serious issue that we at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP do not want to see happen.
Many in Woodbury may subscribe to the age-old notion that “it is better to be safe than sorry.” One area where most would think that this idea certainly applies is healthcare. Recent years have seen an increased emphasis placed on living healthy lifestyles amongst the general population, which includes routine visits to one’s primary care physician. Yet while this had helped to grow the field of preventative medicine, and unintended consequence of this shift towards managing one’s health is an increase in the people being overdiagnosed.
When one goes to the see a doctor in Queens, it typically is for a specific reason. When that reason is in response to an accident or illness, the expectation may be that the providers who treat him or her will not only look for the causes of what prompted his or her visit, but any other apparent ailments, as well. If clinicians are so focused on a single issue, they may overlook problems that, were they paying closing attention, may be readily apparent. A failure to spot such issues could result in life-threatening delays in rendering treatment.
You may likely assume that medical malpractice lawsuits in Kew Gardens typically arise from cases where doctors committed an error during surgery or prescribed a patient the wrong medication. While such errors do indeed represent a significant contribution to the overall number of medical malpractice claims in the U.S., diagnostic errors actually outnumber them (at least according to information shared by the National Center for Policy Analysis). There are actually two different types of diagnostic mistakes: misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses. The question is which is more dangerous?