Misread X-rays, Ultrasounds, and Other Diagnostic Tests
There are many reasons why you might have additional medical tests like X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and other types of imaging. Perhaps you found a strange lump on your side or you’ve been having unusually strong and frequent migraines. Your physician may request for an X-ray or other type of diagnostic test to determine if you have any internal injuries, tumors, fractures, or abnormal issues. It’s important that doctors read these test results properly so you can be diagnosed and treated. When physicians and radiologists fail to read and interpret these types of tests properly, and this leads to a delayed diagnosis or other health complication, they may be held liable for medical malpractice.
Standard of Care and Physician Negligence
When a physician takes you on as a patient, he or she must abide by the duty of ordinary standard of care. This means that in diagnosing or treating you, your physician must act as any other physician would diagnose and treat you. It essentially establishes what is accepted and what is not accepted within the medical community. If the physician acts in a way that violates this standard of care, we call this a breach of the standard of care. When the breach causes you an injury that you would not have if the physician did not breach the standard of care, then this is physician negligence.
In the case of misreading X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and other types of diagnostic tests, physicians are expected to accurately assess and interpret these test results or, if their knowledge has been exhausted, refer you to a physician or specialist who can diagnose you properly.
Misread X-rays, Ultrasounds, MRIs, Slides, Records, and CAT Scans
When health conditions go without being diagnosed and treated properly because your physician misread X-rays or other diagnostic tests, you may have suffered some of the following injuries:
- Deterioration in health
- Tumor growth and enlargement
- Abscess growth
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of other illnesses or conditions
- Brain damage
In some cases, misread tests can result in wrongful death if internal bleeding or essential organ damage were not detected. Please contact us today for a free, confidential consultation if someone you love was hurt by this kind of negligence.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice
Proving that a physician acted negligently by misreading your diagnostic test results can be challenging, which is why it’s essential that you have an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer on your side who can evaluate the facts and prepare a claim that will compensate you fairly for your damages. In some instances this may require witnesses, medical evidence, and documentation to represent you successfully. Please call us so we can discuss your options and ensure you get the help you need.
If you have been hurt because your doctor misread diagnostic tests, you may be entitled to compensation for some of these reasons:
- Loss of normal life
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering that could have been prevented or mitigated
- Lost wages if you have had to take time off of work
- Potential loss of earning potential if organ damage or other health complications have impacted your ability to work the same duration and with the same quality that you had previously worked