“According to an article posted on Live Science, a study in 2014 showed that “At least one in 20 U.S. adults, or 12 million people yearly, may be misdiagnosed when they go to see their doctors […]”. An incorrect diagnosis would lead to an incorrect or delayed treatment, which can ultimately make the patient’s condition even worse than it originally was or even put their life on the line. Note that in some cases a mistake in diagnosis alone is not sufficient for a lawsuit, so it’s best to have a New York medical malpractice lawyer review the specific case.
When it comes to diagnostic errors, the doctors are not held legally responsible for all cases. One of the key questions in determining a medical malpractice is whether the doctor did or did not adhere to the professional standard of care—a type or degree of care that must be given by a competent practitioner. This means that under the same circumstances, a doctor should do what any reasonably skilled doctor would.”