According to the Mayo Clinic, the liver is an organ in the body that assists in the digestion of food in order to rid the body of toxins. Unfortunately, some individuals may develop a liver disease during the course of their lifetime. Liver disease may develop as a result of a number of factors, which include obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, or even genetics. If left untreated or undiagnosed, liver disease can result in serious consequences including death.
Symptoms of liver disease include:
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes;
- Abdominal pain and bloating;
- Swelling in the lower extremities;
- Itchy or irritated skin;
- Darkening of the urine;
- Pale or bloody stool;
- No appetite; and
- Bruising, among others.
Some of the most common liver diseases include:
- Cirrhosis – Scarring of the liver, which causes an impairment of the blood supply and results in excess fluid in the abdominal cavity.
- Hepatitis – Transmitted through fecal matter or the exchange of bodily fluids. This can often lead to cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 31,000 individuals die each year from cirrhosis and 6.8 million people are currently infected with hepatitis. Detecting a disease of the liver is critical. In the event that a doctor fails to diagnose or treat the disease in a timely manner, a patient may face serious consequences. In the event that this occurs, a clinician may be held liable for their negligent conduct.
Medical malpractice occurs when a clinician breaches the generally accepted standard of care and, as a result, the patient was injured. A plaintiff must establish the following:
- A relationship existed between the clinician and the patient;
- The clinician failed to meet the generally accepted standard of care;
- The clinician’s failure resulted in a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of liver disease; and,
- The patient was harmed.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury as a result of a medical professional’s negligence in accurately diagnosing or failing to diagnose a medical condition, it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Levine & Slavit, PLLC have over 60 years of experience representing clients in medical malpractice actions, including surgical injuries, failure to diagnose, and hospital negligence. With offices conveniently located in New York City and Long Island, Levine & Slavit, PLLC represents clients throughout Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and both Nassau County and Suffolk County. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York medical malpractice lawyers, call (888)-LAW-8088.