Laboratory errors can have serious implications on the health of patients and result in misdiagnosis or the failure to detect what is really wrong. The Chicago medical error attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand how devastating these errors can be when they result in the wrong treatments or procedures. In other cases, victims suffer from worsening prognoses because their conditions are allowed to progress unabated. If you endured injuries due to laboratory errors, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of the medical care required to correct a misdiagnosis or incorrect medical procedure in addition to the value of your pain and suffering and out of pocket expenses.
The Most Common Causes of Laboratory Errors
Medical testing is an instrumental tool in diagnosing medical conditions and allows doctors to prescribe the most effective treatment options for their patients. Forms of testing include blood draws, urine and stool analysis, x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, mammograms and biopsies. When labs are required to perform tests for numerous patients in a short period of time, they may cut corners or rush the analysis of the tests. This results in the misinterpretation of test results, or mixing up the results from one patient with another. Here are the most common causes of laboratory errors our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers have come across.
- Conducting the wrong tests, resulting in the failure to diagnose a condition or illness
- Misplacing or mismarking patient samples, which may result in multiple patients receiving incorrect diagnoses
- Failing to provide proper documentation of tests and results
- Failing to perform tests in a timely manner
- Interpreting the results of tests incorrectly
- Allowing samples to become contaminated, leading to false positives
- Failure to request follow-up testing to rule out a condition or confirm a diagnosis
The Serious Impact of Testing Errors
Patients can suffer life changing injuries when their test results are not interpreted properly or the laboratory does not conduct the tests in a timely or effective manner. In some cases, patients may suffer from a condition that worsens greatly due to a lack of diagnose while other cases result in the prescription of medications or treatments that the patient does not need. The most severe cases have even involved patients who had organs removed only to find out later that they were misdiagnosed.
These errors are always preventable and absolutely unacceptable. When the life and health of a patient is on the line, techs and doctors must make sure that all tests are conducted properly and that the results are interpreted correctly. Victims of these errors have the right to recover compensation in the value of their immediate and long term expenses, lost wages, incidental expenses and the value of their pain and suffering.
Our Leading Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you have suffered from medical complications due to laboratory errors, you may have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility performing the tests or the doctor who failed to diagnose you properly. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading award winning personal injury law firm that has been able to recover compensation on behalf of thousands of clients whose injuries were the result of another person’s negligence. Our medical negligence team has specific training and experience in medical liability law and will be happy to review your case for free.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified Chicago medical error attorneys so that we can collect all of the information we need to start building your case. We will also be able to review your legal options with you and answer your questions so that you know what you can expect should you pursue a lawsuit. Since our lawyers have agreed to work solely on a contingency basis, we will only accept payment when successfully securing compensation on your behalf and our services will be free if we are unable to do so.