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Failure to diagnose torn rotator cuff leads to permanent injury?

Many New Jersey residents will suffer an injury at some point in time. Perhaps they were injured playing ball, falling down the stairs or exercising improperly. Regardless of the reason, if the injury appears to be severe or the pain does not go away within a day or two, the injured will typically seek medical attention. In doing so, the injured individual expects that medical personnel will perform the necessary examinations and tests to discover the problem and that failure to diagnose will not be an issue.

One man recently filed a complaint against his doctor and the facility where he was seen. Apparently when the patient sought treatment for a shoulder injury, the doctor did not order an X-ray or MRI of the shoulder area. Apparently, it was later discovered that the patient was suffering from a torn rotator cuff.

Torn rotator cuffs can result in severe pain in addition to loss of mobility for the afflicted individual. They often require surgery and then physical therapy to resolve the problem. In his lawsuit, the patient claims that as a result of this failure to diagnose his condition, he now suffers permanent injury.

As spring approaches, more and more individuals will be seeking treatment for injuries. The majority of New Jersey doctors and medical centers go to great lengths to make sure that the individual is properly cared for. However, there are times when errors occur and failure to diagnose becomes a problem. When this happens, the individual may want to discuss the matter with experienced legal counsel.

Source:, "Northwestern Medical Group accused of failing to properly diagnose a torn rotator cuff", Louie Torres, Jan. 19, 2017

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