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According to a recent study, in the United States, at least one in 20 adults, or 12 million people each year, may be misdiagnosed when they go to see their physicians. Researchers estimated that about 50% of these diagnosis errors have the potential to cause serious harm.

According to a recent study, in the United States, at least one in 20 adults, or 12 million people each year, may be misdiagnosed when they go to see their physicians. Researchers estimated that about 50% of these diagnosis errors have the potential to cause serious harm.

This can happen when doctors fail to follow-up on warning signs for malignant cancer in patients who are ultimately diagnosed with the disease. Another report found that 28% of 583 diagnostic errors were life threatening or led to permanent disability or death.

In many cases, a stroke may be misdiagnosed as migraine or another minor issue, particularly in younger patients. Typically, a misdiagnosis case involves either a mismanagement of diagnostic testing or delayed diagnosis. It may also involve:

· Asthma – may be misdiagnosed as bronchitis

· Cancer – misdiagnosis can result in painful, debilitating, and unrequired treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy

· Inflammation of the lymph node – can be mistaken for appendicitis

· Heart attack – can be misdiagnosed as panic attack, indigestion, or other problems

· Staph infection – may be mistaken for common flu

Who can be Sued for Misdiagnosis?

In most medical malpractice cases, only the primary physician can be sued for misdiagnosis. In rare cases, other medical professionals, including nurses, lab technicians, or any other specialist that the patient may have seen, may also be liable if the patient is harmed or injured as a result of their negligence.

Usually, the hospital or health care facility where the doctor practices cannot be held liable for harm caused to the patient by misdiagnosis. This is due to the fact that most doctors work as independent contractors and not employees of such institutions. Therefore, the hospital or facility cannot be held legally responsible for the negligence of the doctor.

It is not sufficient to show that the doctor did not make the right diagnosis. A plaintiff can win a medical malpractice case only if they are able to show that the misdiagnosis caused harm to the patient. Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis may result in harm to the patient in a number of ways, including:

· Exposing the patient to more aggressive treatment that would not have been required if the condition had been diagnosed earlier

· Exposing the patient to unrequired harmful courses of treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation

· Performing procedures that are not required, especially where they result in disfigurement or scarring

· Increased potential for complications

· Increased potential for death

If you or a loved one has been harmed or injured due to misdiagnosis of stroke, you should immediately seek the help of a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000.

Medical malpractice cases are hard to win. They are expensive to try as well. We have done this before though. We have been around the block before. Give us a call, let’s find out if your case is viable. If you have been neglected by the medical establishment, we want to hear about it. RMFW Law will know what to do.