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Doctor errors: What is failure to treat and erroneous treatment?

Medical malpractice claims in Queens, New York, can take a lot of different forms. One of the most common varieties of medical malpractice claims relates to failure to treat and erroneous treatment. Failure to treat and erroneous treatment might appear in a particular case at the same time, or a case might involve just one of them.

Failure to treat claims relate to a doctor negligently failing to treat a patient because the doctor dismissed specific symptoms that should have indicated a specific treatment protocol. If the condition or injury is worsened -- and the patient suffers further injury or harm -- because of the failure to treat, then the patient might be able to pursue a claim for medical malpractice. An example of this might be a patient that has a cut that is showing signs of infection, but the doctor chooses not to treat the condition, and the patient's infection -- which was minor before -- becomes serious and life threatening due to the failure to treat.

Erroneous treatment claims usually happen because of a misdiagnosis. In these situations, the patient might receive treatment, but the treatment will be wrong for the condition. Furthermore, the doctor will fail to treat the patient for the condition that he or she actually is suffering from. If this results in a worsening of the patient's condition, then the patient might have a viable medical malpractice claim that can be made against the doctor.

Queens, New York, patients should trust their doctors; however, they should remember that doctors are not perfect and sometimes they make dangerous mistakes. If something seems wrong, or if it is suspected that a doctor has made an error, patients should immediately question the doctor and/or ask for a second opinion. If injuries and damages result from medical errors, patients may also want to consult with a personal injury attorney about the possibility of seeking financial restitution for their injuries in court.

Source: FindLaw, "Failed/Erroneous Diagnosis and Treatment," accessed Dec. 15, 2016

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