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When is a Pneumonia Misdiagnosis Considered Medical Negligence?

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey

Doctor checking the diagnosing patient's X-ray in hospital at Morristown, NJPneumonia is a disease that causes the lungs to fill with fluid. This makes it difficult to breathe and can lead to other complications, such as respiratory failure. Pneumonia is a serious illness, and if it is not treated properly, it can be fatal. If you were misdiagnosed with pneumonia, and as a result, your condition worsened, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim. Our medical malpractice lawyers in New Jersey explain when a pneumonia misdiagnosis can be considered medical negligence.

What Is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the standard of care that a reasonable person would expect. This means that the healthcare professional did something that no other reasonable healthcare professional would do in the same situation, or they failed to do something that another reasonable healthcare professional would have done.

How Pneumonia Can Be Misdiagnosed

There are a few different ways that a pneumonia diagnosis can be misdiagnosed. One way is if the healthcare professional does not order the proper tests. Another way is if the test results are misinterpreted. Finally, a pneumonia diagnosis can be missed altogether. If any of these things happen, and as a result, you do not receive the treatment you need, it can be considered medical negligence.

The Consequences of a Pneumonia Misdiagnosis

If you are misdiagnosed with pneumonia, the consequences can be serious. Pneumonia is a serious illness, and if it is not treated properly, it can be fatal. Additionally, the longer you go without treatment, the more likely your condition is to worsen. This means that if you are misdiagnosed with pneumonia, you could end up suffering from permanent lung damage, or even death.

How Can a Pneumonia Misdiagnosis Be Medical Negligence?

A pneumonia misdiagnosis can be considered medical negligence if it led to your condition worsening. For example, if you were not properly diagnosed and treated for pneumonia, and as a result, you developed respiratory failure, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, you should speak with one of our medical malpractice lawyers in New Jersey as soon as possible. They will be able to review your case and determine if you have a valid claim. If you do have a valid claim, they will help you file it and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey

The law firm of Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC has been representing the victims of medical negligence for more than 70 years. Our experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyers have a proven track record of success and they will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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