CT scans, PET scans, x-rays and other imaging technologies allow physicians to look inside the body without surgery. We count on health care providers to appropriately use these technologies to diagnose and treat serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, radiologists, physicians and other health care professionals routinely fail to order necessary imaging, or misread images that indicate the presence of life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer. Like all medical negligence cases, those involving radiology errors are highly complex in nature and replete with opportunities for negligent parties to avoid taking responsibility. We diligently discover the important facts, retain world-class expert witnesses and methodically prepare radiology error cases for trial in a way that maximizes the opportunity for a verdict that provides justice for our clients.
More about radiology errors…
According to a recent report published by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, “Problems associated with radiology practice have been described many times. A well-known editorial… describes two serious problems with the current pattern of radiology practice. In that editorial, one of the major problems was thought to be the difficulty in planning the diagnostic work up. Currently, there are so many imaging choices that it is very difficult to make a decision about the most effective method of obtaining the needed diagnostic information. A second major problem was thought to be the way radiology reports are presented. Frequently, the reports are not well organized and are relatively imprecise. This makes it difficult for the clinician to obtain a definite opinion from the radiologist on which the clinician can base appropriate patient management.” Clearly, the practice is radiology is currently ripe for instances of negligent care.
Common Radiology Errors
In addition to the serious issues raised in the above-referenced report, other commons forms of malpractice among radiologists include:
- failure to diagnose a condition that appears on an image;
- misdiagnosing a condition that appears on an image;
- failure to diagnose brain injuries;
- failure to diagnose spinal injuries;
- failure to diagnose fractures;
- improper interpretation of cardiac studies; and
- failure to timely communicate radiological findings to treating physicians.
If you, your child or a loved one have suffered as a result of a radiology error, we can obtain the necessary medical records and have an expert physician review the file free of charge to determine whether a doctor or other healthcare provider was negligent. Your best chance for a full and fair recovery in a radiology malpractice case is retaining a firm like ours with significant experience and a track record of success.