Last week, we wrote about the dangers of an inaccurate or failed medical diagnosis. This week, an out-of-state story shows how truly devastating a doctor's failed diagnosis can be.
When someone has an unknown health condition, it can be a frightening experience. People expect that a qualified physician will be able to properly diagnose them. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. One New York City resident knows that all too well.
People in New York City typically do not like going to the doctor. Going through surgery can be even more agonizing. However, most people are reassured by the fact that doctors are well-trained and experienced. People assume they will receive quality care and treatment.
Most New Yorkers know that when someone is in need of emergency medical treatment, time is of the essence. A matter of minutes can mean the difference between life and death. In addition to appropriate care and treatment, patients and their family members expect that physicians will provide that treatment in a timely manner.