Failure to Order Proper Testing
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Failure to Order Proper Testing
Failure to Order Proper Testing Medical Malpractice Claims
Early and accurate patient diagnosis is essential in ensuring that a patient receives the medical care he or she needs to most effectively address an injury, illness, or disease. A critical element in arriving at an early and accurate diagnosis is ordering proper testing of the patient. This may involve lab work or radiographic studies such as MRIs or even a simple blood test. When a doctor fails to order the proper testing for a patient, the consequences can be devastating. The doctor may fail to arrive at the proper diagnosis or fail to arrive at any diagnosis for the patient. The patient may experience a significant delay in treatment, causing a condition to worsen. The patient may be improperly treated or may not be treated at all. Each of these results can cause the patient to needlessly suffer. When patients suffer due to the failure on the part of their doctors or other treating medical professionals to order proper testing, they may be able to seek compensation for the harm they have suffered by bringing a medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice claim allows a patient to seek compensation for damages incurred due to medical negligence. In other words, when a doctor provides substandard medical care and a patient is injured as a result, a medical malpractice claim allows the patient to recovery monetary compensation for the injury and other associated losses.
At Fazli & Associates, we have seen clients who have suffered because a doctor failed to order the proper medical tests. This is a mistake that can have a lasting impact on a patient’s health and well being. Our team of dedicated medical malpractice attorneys is committed to holding negligent medical providers accountable for the harm they have needlessly inflicted on patients. We stand on the side of the injured and fight for their legal right to full and fair compensation.
Why Do Doctors Fail to Order Proper Testing?
Failure to order proper testing is one of the most common reasons diagnostic errors occur. Proper testing is crucial for a doctor being fully informed and able to accurately diagnosis a patient. If ordering proper diagnostic testing is so important, why do doctors fail in ordering proper testing? Sometimes, it is simply a failure of judgment on the part of the doctor. Other times, the doctor lacks the knowledge base regarding a particular condition to know what test should be ordered. For instance, a doctor may examine a patient with a health condition that falls outside of his or her area of expertise. The doctor may fail to refer the patient to a specialist and may fail to order proper testing. There are also cases where the patient is moved around between various medical providers and oversights regarding proper diagnostic testing occur as things are lost in the shuffle.
Oftentimes, emergency room doctors fail to order proper testing. This may be due to things like the rushed nature of emergency room care or an overwhelming workload. Whatever the reason for the failure to order proper testing may be, a doctor or other medical professional may have committed medical negligence if they provided substandard medical care. The standard of care for a medical professional is the level of care a similarly situated, similarly educated medical professional would have provided under similar circumstances. When a doctor fails to uphold this standard of care and a patient suffers harm as a result, the patient may seek to hold the doctor accountable for the negligence and pursue a claim for compensation for harm suffered due to the negligence with a medical malpractice claim.
Proving a doctor’s failure to order proper testing was an act of medical negligence can be complex. Demonstrating that medical negligence directly harmed the patient can be a high hurdle to jump. Both, however, are necessary to a successful medical malpractice claim. That is why you need an attorney that is both skilled and knowledgeable in this area of law. At Fazli & Associates, we have the experience necessary to see your medical malpractice claim through. We are here to advocate on your behalf and fight to enforce your legal rights.
Dedicated Legal Counsel for Victims of Medical Malpractice.
If your doctor failed to order proper testing and you suffered as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Talk to the trusted medical malpractice attorneys at Fazli & Associates to explore your options and discuss your legal rights. We are here to answer all of your questions and be the dedicated legal advocates you need by your side. Contact us today.