It is common for people in New Jersey and across the country to know their bodies well enough to notice when something is off with their health. Because they likely do not have extensive medical knowledge, they will typically go to see medical professionals in hopes of obtaining a diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, women are more likely to end up in situations where doctors fail to diagnose certain health issues.
Though most people would think that every patient's symptoms and health concerns should be taken seriously, that is not always the case. In fact, women often have a more difficult time convincing doctors and other medical professionals that they are experiencing pain. The dismissal of patient information and concerns could easily cause medical staff members to miss key symptoms of a serious health condition.
Women are also less likely to receive correct diagnoses relating to heart disease or stroke, even when the signs and symptoms are present. Reports indicate that women are 50 percent more likely to face an incorrect diagnosis relating to heart disease than men, even if a heart attack has already occurred. When it comes to strokes, women have a 30 percent higher chance of being misdiagnosed and sent home.
When medical professionals fail to diagnose serious health issues, patients could suffer severe health impacts or even die as a result. In cases of heart disease and stroke in particular, it can be imperative for patients to receive the proper treatment as soon as possible. If a delay in or lack of treatment resulted in additional negative health effects or death, New Jersey residents may have reason to file medical malpractice claims.