Discovering that you have been a victim of medical misdiagnosis can not only disrupt your life, but it can also lead to significant health setbacks or worse. In New Jersey, the law allows patients to seek legal recourse when they suffer due to a healthcare provider’s negligence. If you’ve experienced a misdiagnosis that has resulted in harm, it’s essential to speak with a New Jersey medical misdiagnosis lawyer. 

At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we can help you understand your rights and potential path to compensation.

Can You Sue a Doctor for Misdiagnosis?

In New Jersey, the law permits patients suffering from a medical misdiagnosis to take legal action against the responsible healthcare provider. You must have evidence the doctor’s actions constitute malpractice to sue a doctor for misdiagnosis. 

That means you must demonstrate that the doctor failed to provide the standard of care that a reasonably competent healthcare professional would have under similar circumstances. You must also show that the misdiagnosis directly resulted in harm or a worsened condition that otherwise might have been avoided with correct diagnosis and treatment.

Bringing a claim for misdiagnosis involves more than proving a healthcare professional made a mistake. It requires establishing a clear link between the doctor’s error and your subsequent injuries or illness progression. For instance, if a misdiagnosis led to unnecessary treatments that caused harm, delayed the appropriate treatment for the correct condition, or allowed a treatable condition to advance to a more severe stage, these circumstances could form the basis for a successful legal claim. 

To sue for misdiagnosis, you must prove that the doctor’s negligence directly contributed to your health challenges or losses. This stringent requirement ensures that only those claims with a legitimate basis of negligence proceed, highlighting the importance of consulting with an experienced medical misdiagnosis lawyer to assess and validate the merits of your case.

Difference Between Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose

While often used interchangeably, misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are distinct errors within the medical field. Misdiagnosis occurs when a healthcare provider incorrectly identifies a condition, leading to inappropriate treatment. On the other hand, a failure to diagnose happens when a healthcare provider overlooks the underlying condition entirely, leaving the patient untreated. Both can have dire consequences, but they represent different types of negligence in the eyes of the law.

Common Types of Misdiagnoses

Misdiagnosis can affect any condition but is particularly common and dangerous in cases involving:

  • Cancers, 
  • Heart attacks,
  • Strokes,
  • Diabetes,
  • Thyroid conditions,
  • Eye conditions, 
  • Autoimmune disorders, and
  • Neurological conditions. 

These errors can lead to unnecessary treatments and a lack of necessary care. In some cases, a misdiagnosis can cause irreversible health deterioration or death.

Categories of Misdiagnoses

Misdiagnoses fall into multiple categories, each with unique implications for the patient’s health. Examples of these categories include: 

  • False positive—diagnosing a patient with a condition they do not have, leading to unnecessary treatment; 
  • False negative—failing to diagnose a serious condition, allowing it to progress untreated; 
  • Failure to diagnose a subtype—incorrectly identifying the specific type of a condition, leading to ineffective treatment; and 
  • Failure to diagnose a root cause—treating symptoms without addressing the underlying disease. 

Numerous issues can lead to a misdiagnosis, delaying the patient from receiving the right one. Lack of communication, misinterpreting test results, and failing to recognize complications are a few factors. 

Affidavit Requirement in New Jersey Medical Malpractice Claims

New Jersey law mandates the submission of an affidavit in medical malpractice claims. In this legal document, a medical expert within the same specialty as the defendant asserts that the care provided fell below the accepted standard. 

This affidavit is a critical component of a medical malpractice case, validating the claimant’s allegations of negligence. A lawyer for medical misdiagnosis will help you meet all legal requirements to pursue a claim in New Jersey. 

Types of Compensation in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Victims of medical misdiagnosis may be entitled to various forms of compensation, including:

  • Economic damages—tangible losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and future care costs; and 
  • Noneconomic damages—for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of life quality.

In severe cases where misdiagnosis leads to a patient’s death, families may pursue wrongful death claims to cover funeral expenses, loss of income, and loss of companionship.

Why Hire O’ConnorO’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble

Choosing O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble means selecting a law firm with a distinguished track record in handling complex medical malpractice cases, including those involving misdiagnosis. Our team combines compassionate client care with aggressive legal representation. 

We thoroughly investigate, expertly negotiate, and, if necessary, skillfully litigate your claim to ensure you receive the best possible result. We have a record of success litigating medical malpractice cases, including securing one of New Jersey’s largest verdicts. 

Contact a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyer 

Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble if you’re suing for misdiagnosis. With our deep understanding of New Jersey’s medical malpractice laws and a commitment to achieving justice, we strive to secure the maximum compensation for our clients, helping you to move forward from your experiences with dignity and support.

Let us put our decades of combined experience to work for you. Contact us for an initial consultation to meet with our skilled legal team. Let us review your case and discuss how you can proceed with a medical misdiagnosis case.