When you have medical testing, you expect to receive a diagnosis of any health problems that you may have. The results of medical tests are intended to guide treatment decisions and to give you information about your health status so that you can receive care for any problems that may jeopardize your health and well-being. Unfortunately, sometimes things can go wrong when you undergo testing or get an X-ray. When this happens, you may experience a worsening of your medical condition. In some cases, you may need more complicated, dangerous or expensive treatment as a result. In the most tragic cases, a person may even die as a result of injuries or an illness that otherwise may have been treated or preventable. If you or a loved one has been harmed in any way as a result of misread X-rays and tests, it is important that you take legal action right away. An experienced Chicago medical negligence lawyer at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can assist you in understanding your legal rights and in obtaining compensation from those responsible for the harm you suffered.
Medical testing is the primary way in which doctors diagnose patients with many different illnesses and injuries. For example, patients may undergo:
These tests are used for a wide variety of reasons. The tests can tell whether you have broken bones, organ damage, internal injuries, brain injuries, cancer, osteoporosis or life-threatening illnesses such as HIV. The tests can tell you whether your baby is going to be born with a serious or fatal condition, whether you can get pregnant at all, whether you are allergic to anything that could cause a fatal reaction or whether your cholesterol or high blood pressure are putting you at risk of a heart attack. When a mistake is made on any of these tests, the consequences can be far-reaching. Your health and well-being can be seriously adversely impacted as a result.
When a test or X-ray is misread, the consequences will vary depending upon what was missed. Some of the possible outcomes of misread tests and X-rays include:
These and other consequences can be devastating or fatal. In fact, one study published in the British Medical Journal indicated that as many as 40,500 adult patients in intensive care units may die as a result of a misdiagnosis each year.
Healthcare professionals may make many different types of mistakes in reading tests and X-rays. They may mix up your sample with someone else’s, contaminate the test sample or simply fail to see what should have been seen in the test results. Test results can become lost. There also may be situations where a doctor never follows up with a lab to see what became of the results. In any situation when a mistake is made, the key will be to determine who made the error, and whether the mistake was one that a reasonable provider would have made. To hold any healthcare provider responsible for misread tests and X-rays, the patient will need to show:
If you can prove all of these elements, you should be entitled to compensation for all financial and non-economic losses that occur as a result of the botched tests or X-rays.
It is devastating when the healthcare providers who were supposed to protect and treat you make mistakes that cost you your health or the life of a loved one. Negligent healthcare providers must be held accountable through medical malpractice claims. However, cases involving misread lab results can be difficult. It is challenging to show exactly what harm you suffered as a result of the botched test results. This is why it is crucial to get help from lawyers who have a deep background in this area of the law, such as the legal team of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We can help you to find witnesses, put together evidence and prove your case, building on the skills and experience we have developed through many years of successfully representing clients in medical malpractice claims. To learn more about how we can assist you with your case, please give us a call or contact us online today. We serve clients throughout Chicago and Illinois. We can provide you with a free consultation.