Residents in New York may hear the words "medical malpractice" and instinctively turn to think about surgical errors and medical procedures gone wrong. After all, medical errors account for almost 100,000 deaths every year, and it's always compelling news when a surgeon operates on the wrong body part, or leaves a person tragically injured after a mistake on the operating room table. Our firm understands that medical malpractice can take many forms, and often is at its worst when a doctor or medical professional simply fails to properly diagnose a patient's disease, injury or illness.
Failure to diagnose is a serious problem in the United States healthcare system, with helpless patients as the victims. A failure to properly diagnose a serious health condition can lead to serious consequences, including the worsening of the condition resulting in permanent physical or mental impairment or even death.