Pursue Compensation for Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis Claims in Long Island

Holding the Liable Party Responsible

The aftermath of a medical mistake, which can be referred to as malpractice in certain cases, can often cause:

  • Further injury
  • Medical bills
  • Pain

Patients are meant to be able to trust their care providers, not doubt their abilities. Cases where misdiagnosis occurs can bring frustration, difficulty, and even wrongful death. If a doctor or physician fails to diagnose something correctly, is delayed in providing a diagnosis or completely misses an illness, injury or medical condition, they may be liable for malpractice claims. While a patient's symptoms might not be fatal, time is always a priority for doctors. When they do not take the care and effort to seek a solution, answer or reason for a patient's pain, they are not providing appropriate medical care.

Guidance from a Long Island Medical Malpractice Lawyer

The law provides protection for doctors as well as patients. To receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, seek the help of a Long Island medical malpractice lawyer. At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., we are committed to providing clients with the resources and legal support they need to pursue restitution.

We understand how frustrating and confusing this time may be, which is why we offer our clients personal and caring service. When you enlist the support of a lawyer from our firm, you can rest assured that we will fight for justice in your case.

Contact our firm today to talk with our team about your concerns.

How can I prove that my doctor is at fault?

While there are a variety of factors that could lead to a misdiagnosis, it's not as easy to prove a case of medical malpractice without sufficient evidence. There are experienced doctors who have followed all the regular procedures and steps but still misdiagnose a patient. In cases where doctors handle a patient by appropriate standards but simply make an incorrect guess, the doctor will likely not be held responsible.

Due to medicine's frequent uncertainties, medical providers cannot be expected to have all the answers for every unique case. However, there are cases of common disease, illness, or injury that doctors may miss out of a negligent or careless examination. If a separate doctor could make the appropriate diagnosis with the same amount of information, the incorrect doctor may be liable. Most patients must be able to prove that the doctor did not provide them with the treatment they needed at a competent and expected level.

Not only that, but they will also need to prove that the misdiagnosis caused them further injury, significant pain or damages that might have been prevented. Even if the doctor performed tests that turned in initially negative results for your diagnosis, there may have been errors in the test.

Reasons for Misdiagnosis

Whether the equipment was faulty, causing false results to return, or the technician miscalculated samples, you may be a victim of medical malpractice. If a delayed diagnosis causes your untreated condition to worsen and doesn't allow for effective treatment, seek help from a Long Island personal injury attorney. Cancer, heart disease or appendicitis might all lead to serious consequences if not diagnosed promptly. At our firm, we strive to offer our clients dependable service that they can trust.

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We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US

  • I cannot say enough about the Odierno Law Firm! Everyone I worked with truly went out of their way

    “I cannot say enough about the Odierno Law Firm! Everyone I worked with truly went out of their way to explain the legal process, make me feel at ease, and explain each step thoroughly in language I could easily understand. I have no doubt that choosing Odierno was the best decision I could have made! Thank you to Scott, Russell, Stephanie, Maria, Kim and the entire office for all of your efforts on my behalf.”

    C.D.

  • This firm goes above and beyond to make its clients feel like family and I am happy that I chose them to represent me.

    “I highly recommend The Odierno Law Firm if you've been injured. When the insurance companies were reluctant to settle my case for a fair amount, my attorney fought for me and recovered the full policy. The staff was well-informed and always returned my calls. There was always someone available to answer my questions whether it was an attorney or a paralegal - I always got answers. Even though my case settled, I still receive cards in the mail every year for my birthday and the holiday season. This firm goes above and beyond to make its clients feel like family and I am happy that I chose them to represent me.”

    C.D.

  • I highly recommend this law firm!!

    “The whole staff is completely heart warming!! After my accident they came to my house to talk to me cause my mobility wouldn't let me go to them They constantly call and email to see how I'm doing. I highly recommend this law firm!!”

    J.S.

  • They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time.

    “They represented me in a car accident that I was in and they made sure that they did everything possible to make me comfortable. They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time. I definitely would recommend them to people.”

    N.J.

  • Thank you for all your help

    “Just wanted to say thank you for everything, it was a pleasure to work with Maria and Stephanie who worked on my case. They were so friendly and especially given the circumstances of being in pain they really made this awful experience better and manageable. They really were on the ball and I can not thank them enough. Thanks for great service!!”

    Jennifer DiPietro

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