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New Jersey: failure to diagnose can cause additional problems

Headaches are common complaints among many in New Jersey. When one occurs, most will take an over-the-counter medication and soon feel better. If the headaches become frequent or severe, a doctor's consultation is typically the next course of action. In seeking assistance from a doctor, one expects the doctor to perform the appropriate tests and accurately diagnose the situation to determine the underlying cause of the problem. When this does not happen and there is a failure to diagnose the problem, the patient continues to suffer and can develop a worsening condition.

The majority of headaches are the result of a relatively minor problem such as a cold, sinus problem or allergy. Some even suffer from migraines, which can be debilitating at times and frequently require medical assistance to control. However, some headaches are a symptom of a much more severe problem.

Recently, a couple in another state filed suit against their doctor for failure to diagnose the cause of the husband's severe headaches. Rather than a typical headache, he was actually suffering from a cerebral aneurysm. In their suit, they claim that this error resulted in the patient developing a more severe condition resulting in the need for considerable medical care.

Whether it is a headache, stomach ache or some other ailment, when a New Jersey resident visits the doctor, he or she expects the doctor to analyze the problem and provide a solution. When this does not happen, it is possible that the patient has a valid failure to diagnose complaint. In this case, one will want to analyze the appropriate legal options to address the additional problems this failure to diagnose caused.

Source:, "Couple's lawsuit alleges failure to diagnose properly", Louie Torres, July 25, 2016

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