Misread X-rays Led to Delayed Diagnosis? Talk to a Cook County Medical Malpractice Lawyer Now.
Radiologists who misread X-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs can be held legally liable for their diagnostic errors. Likewise, when any medical doctor, nurse, lab technician or diagnostician misinterprets results from any medical laboratory test, thereby harming a patient because treatment was denied or delayed, negligence likely exists. Had the proper professional medical specialist correctly interpreted test results, or if the primary physician did not consider the data properly, a case of medical malpractice likely exists. In this case, a Cook County medical malpractice lawyer may be contacted.
These negligent actions essentially are viewed as misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. Some of the many serious ailments that can be missed include:
- Breast, kidney, liver, colon, brain and other cancers
- Twisted or blocked gastrointestinal organs
- Brain tumors
- Broken bones
- Coronary artery disease and other heart ailments
Some typical negligent diagnostic errors made by radiologists or – for example – tissue pathologists include the following:
- Misread X-ray, CAT scan or MRI film
- Not promptly notifying the doctor or surgeon who ordered the test of important findings
- Failing to order additional tests when a condition seems suspicious, but the data does not clearly indicate a life-threatening condition
Treatment Delayed Can Become Treatment Denied
When we as patients are in the early stages of a disease, the sooner we begin treatment, the better our chances of survival and lower the expense of fighting the affliction. But if there’s a diagnostic delay of even a few months because a medical professional misread x-rays or other testing data, and the word didn’t get to the doctor, the odds of recovery decrease and medical expenses dramatically rise, not to mention pain and suffering.
- Further growth and the possible spread of tumors to other organs
- Higher rates of infection and the possibility of organ abscess
- Discomfort, in the afflicted area
- If brain diseases or injuries remain undiagnosed, diminished mental and possibly physical capacity
Misreading of test results can cause wrongful death if internal bleeding or essential organ damage remain undetected.
A Cook County Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help Recover Damages
Proving malpractice against a physician who acted negligently by misreading diagnostic test results can be a daunting task. That makes it essential to retain an experienced Cook County medical malpractice lawyer to appraise all the facts of the error, investigate the conditions that produced the error, then prepare a claim that will compensate you and your family fairly for damages. This requires interviewing and deposing witnesses, reviewing medical evidence and producing documents that strongly support your claim.
If you have been harmed because your doctor or another medical professional misread diagnostic tests, thereby delaying an accurate diagnosis of a disease that should have been treated sooner, you may be entitled to any or all of the following types of compensation:
- Lost wages and benefits for the time lost from work
- Preventable pain, suffering and mental anguish
- Potential loss of future income if the complications caused by delay/failure to diagnose caused you to lose your job or affected the ability to continue making your normal living
- Additional wrongful death damages to surviving family members such as funeral and all other expenses incurred by the deceased, loss of consortium and other associated damages
The statute of limitation in Illinois for filing a malpractice claim based on misdiagnosis is generally two years after the victim knew, or should have known, that the injury took place [§ 735 ILCS 5/13-212]. In some cases, it can be extended to as much as eight years. Consult an attorney with Buttafuoco and Associates to learn if these exceptions may apply. We offer a free consultation. Contact us anytime by calling 1-800-NOW-HURT or fill out our online contact form.