11-year-old just got diagnosed with multiple pituitary deficiencies

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11-year-old just got diagnosed with multiple pituitary deficiencies

My daughter was just diagnosed with multiple pituitary deficiencies, at the age of 11. My concern is that since she was younger she was always below the

Asked on September 20, 2019 under Malpractice Law, New York

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

There may be a case IF:
1) It was not reasonable, given contemporary medical standards, for her pediatrician to have not recommended sending her to a specialist or for testing earlier. That is, you have to show, using medical testimony (e.g. of other doctors, like the specialist) that it was unreasonably careless for her primary physician to not recommend investigation earlier.
2) Even if it had been careless, and so malpractice, to not diagnose or investigate this earlier, you'd have to show, also using medical testimony, that the failure to do so has harmed her in some material or significant way. If she would have had more-or-less the same outcome or prognosis even if diagnosed earlier, the failure to diagnose did her no harm and therefore she would not be entitled to compensation--there is compensation only for harm done.
It would be worthwhile consulting with a medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your case. Many such attorneys offer a free initial consultation to evaluate a case, and you can inquire into this before making an appointment.


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