It should go without saying that the success of medical treatment depends on a correct diagnosis of the illness. Doctors and hospitals have a wide range of diagnostic tests and methods for determining what a patient’s symptoms indicate. A misdiagnosis can cause the patient to suffer unnecessary harm. Advocating for fair compensation is the key method for holding negligent doctors accountable for misdiagnosis. At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our New Jersey misdiagnosis lawyers are recognized for providing top-level legal counsel to our clients. With over 120 years of collective experience, we have recovered millions in compensation for patients harmed by medical negligence across New Jersey.

If you or a loved one have suffered because of a misdiagnosis, you already know that the consequences can be extreme. The added stress of worrying about your care is overwhelming in itself. Much more extensive and invasive treatment may be required if your condition has progressed to a more severe stage. Our medical misdiagnosis attorneys in Rochelle Park, NJ are here to fight for your right to full and fair compensation.

Proving that medical malpractice caused the misdiagnosis of your illness is often challenging. Our New Jersey misdiagnosis lawyers have the legal skills and knowledge of the medical standards needed to win cases. To learn more about how we can help you get justice if you were misdiagnosed, schedule a free case review today.

Examples of Medical Misdiagnosis

A misdiagnosis can occur when a doctor diagnoses the wrong condition. In these cases, you may be treated for one condition while your actual illness continues to progress. Another form of misdiagnosis occurs when the doctor prescribes the wrong treatment for the right condition—again, allowing the condition to worsen.  In other cases, misdiagnosis may result from a failure to diagnose any condition at all.

Misdiagnosis can happen because of:

  • Failure to run the right tests
  • Failure to properly interpret diagnostic test results
  • Unreasonable delays in diagnosing the illness
  • Failure to get the opinion of a specialist
  • Failure to identify the exact type of disease, such as diagnosing the wrong type or stage of cancer
  • Failure to identify the root cause of a patient’s symptoms
  • Failure to take a complete patient history (or failure to review that history)
  • False positives or false negatives

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our medical malpractice lawyers advocate for patients harmed by misdiagnosis.  Examples of misdiagnosis cases that we can help with include:

  • Cancer misdiagnosis, including breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer
  • Meningitis misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose
  • Misdiagnosis of a stroke
  • Misdiagnosis of heart attack symptoms or pulmonary embolism
  • Diabetes misdiagnosis
  • Misdiagnosis of appendicitis

Regardless of the type of misdiagnosis involved in your case, our medical misdiagnosis attorneys in Rochelle Park, NJ will investigate to identify the root cause of the mistake. The simple fact that you were misdiagnosed does not automatically give you the right to compensation. However, if the doctor’s mistake was unreasonable under the circumstances, you may have a claim for medical malpractice.

Misdiagnosis Carries Severe Consequences

To succeed in a claim based on medical malpractice in New Jersey, you must also show that you suffered harm caused by the misdiagnosis.  Nearly every illness can be resolved most effectively with prompt and proper treatment. Misdiagnosis harms a patient by both delaying treatment and potentially causing more harm than good with an incorrect treatment plan. 

Consequences of misdiagnosis can include:

  • The underlying condition may worsen
  • The patient may suffer adverse side medical effects from unnecessary medications, surgery or other treatment for the wrong illness
  • Once the correct diagnosis is made, the patient may be forced to suffer through much more invasive treatment
  • The patient may suffer financially in having to fund unnecessary treatment
  • The patient may suffer emotionally for a longer period of time

The symptoms of serious health conditions often mirror those of much more common illnesses—many conditions are mistaken for the flu or muscle spasms. A doctor’s failure to order the appropriate tests and consult with specialists can amount to medical negligence. To speak with our New Jersey misdiagnosis lawyers about what happened in your case, call us today.

Top-Rated New Jersey Misdiagnosis Lawyers Fight to Hold Negligent Doctors Accountable for Patient Misdiagnosis

Financial compensation will not restore your health.  However, fighting for fair compensation is the primary way to hold a negligent doctor or medical professional responsible.  At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., we review your case for free to identify options for recovering fair compensation. 

If you were the victim of misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost time with your loved ones
  • And more

Our experienced lawyers will locate and review your medical records and any available documentation to support your right to compensation.  We also consult with top medical experts who can testify about what a reasonable medical professional would have done differently in your case.

Call Today to Discuss Options if You Were Harmed by a Doctor’s Misdiagnosis

New Jersey medical malpractice cases have strict evidentiary and timing rules.  Failure to satisfy those rules can mean losing your right to fair compensation. At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our lawyers have effectively helped clients recover fair compensation for malpractice and misdiagnosis for decades.  We know the rules and we understand what it takes to win. To learn more about options for protecting your rights, call our office or fill out this online contact form for a free case review.

New Jersey Misdiagnosis Lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Misdiagnosis Claims

If the doctor treated me for the wrong condition, that was clearly a misdiagnosis.  Why isn’t the doctor automatically liable?

Like any other medical malpractice case, to get compensation based on misdiagnosis we also have to show that the doctor’s mistake was unreasonable under the circumstances.  Even with stringent training and skill, doctors cannot reach a favorable outcome for every patient. They can, however, be held to standards developed by the medical community.  We bring in experts to testify about the applicable medical standard in your case. The medical experts will review the case our lawyers have built and give their opinion about why your doctor’s misdiagnosis should not have happened.

How do I know if I have a case based on misdiagnosis?

Many of our potential clients come in for a free case review and are not totally certain whether they have a case.  You might not find out you were misdiagnosed until the doctor starts treating you for something different. You might find out when seeking a second opinion.  Often, the doctor will not tell you they made a mistake. That’s why it is important to get an experienced lawyer’s advice if you suspect something went wrong in your treatment.  We review your case for free so that we can give you our opinion about whether you have a strong case.


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