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How can medical misdiagnosis cause Camden County residents harm?


Every day in New Jersey, thousands of men, women and children are treated for anything from minor ailments to serious injuries or illnesses. Most often the process goes off without a hitch and the provided medical treatment is a success in healing or treating different ailments. The United States has some of the best doctors in the world and the proof of that is often felt by patients who receive this high level of care. However, doctors occasionally make mistakes.

These medical mistakes can cause serious harm to otherwise unsuspecting patients. This can be especially true if a person's illness or injury is misdiagnosed by a medical professional. When a person is given a diagnosis by a doctor, it usually is accompanied by a treatment plan that outlines how to best treat the condition. If a patient is in fact not suffering from that disease or injury with which he or she was diagnosed, then the treatment plan can be detrimental to the patient's health.

Making matters worse, in these instances of misdiagnosis, the real condition goes untreated. This could lead to a worsened medical condition or even a decreased chance of survival. Though it may be impossible to fully recover one's health, those who have been harmed by a misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis can take legal action in an attempt to recover compensation for their damages.

This is what would be called a medical malpractice claim. These claims exist in order for patients and families who have been given faulty medical care to obtain compensation from negligent healthcare professionals. Since the harm can be very serious, there is a certain level of responsibility healthcare professionals are expected to uphold. Keep this in mind if you or a family member has been injured due to a misdiagnosed condition.

Source: FindLaw "Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment," accessed Sep. 28, 2015

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