Misreading Or Ignoring Laboratory Results
Medical Malpractice Attorney
Misreading or Ignoring Laboratory Results
Medical Malpractice Claims
Doctors send patients for lab testing countless times every day. The results of these lab tests are meant to help in the proper diagnosing of patient ailments. They guide treatment paths and provide valuable information regarding the health status of a person. Unfortunately, it is far too common that a doctor either misreads laboratory results or, for whatever reason, ignores them.
Complications Resulting from Misread or Ignored Lab Results
When lab results are misread or ignored by a doctor, the patient may needlessly suffer and their health can be placed in jeopardy. In some cases, misreading lab test results or ignoring them can result in a critical delay in the patient getting much needed treatment for a serious health condition. This, in turn, can have a serious impact on the health of the patient. Additionally, it takes a toll on a person’s emotional well-being, not to mention the substantial financial impact it can have.
People are sent for lab tests and radiographic studies, such as x-rays, for a variety of reasons. These tests are meant to determine important things regarding the health status of a patient, including:
Blood cell counts
Presence of disease or illness (such as influenza, STDs, etc.)
Function of vital organs
Presence of tumors
Lab tests may be ordered so that a doctor can make a more educated decision regarding the diagnosis of a patient. They may be ordered to see how a disease is progressing. They may also be used to evaluate how a patient is healing or how effective current treating is proving to be.
When a doctor fails to properly interpret lab results or altogether ignores lab results, improper treatment is a common result. This could mean that a patient is treated for the wrong disease, fails to receive treatment altogether, is prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication. A patient may also be ordered to undergo unnecessary surgery and suffer long-term health consequences all because a doctor failed to exercise due care in treating the patient. When a patient needlessly suffers due to a doctor’s negligence in misreading or ignoring lab results, the law allows for a way for the victim to be compensated for the harm incurred. This is done through a medical malpractice claim. The dedicated medical malpractice attorneys at Fazli & Associates are skilled at bringing medical malpractice claims that are based on misread or ignored lab results. Doctors must be held accountable for their negligence and injured patience deserve to be fully and fairly compensated for the pain they have endured at the hands of negligent health care professionals.
The consequences of misread or ignored lab results can be tragic. While the responsibility falls on your treating doctor and other medical professionals, there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself. Being proactive in dealing with your doctors can be a great help. Always follow-up with your physicians regarding the results of lab tests such as blood work or x-rays. If you have not heard from your doctor, do not assume that this means the tests were clear. Call and ask for your results. Also, if you are uncomfortable with the opinion of your doctor as to his or her interpretation of your results, be sure to seek out a second opinion. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we still suffer the repercussions of someone else’s negligence. If you have been injured or suffered other health complications due to your doctor misreading lab results or ignoring lab results, Fazli & Associates is here to bring a medical malpractice claim on your behalf so that you can recover full and fair compensation.
Fighting for Victims of Medical Malpractice
It is a true tragedy to see the pain and suffering that comes with a doctor failing to exercise due care in treating patients. At Fazli & Associates, we are here for our clients. We work hard to understand what they have been through and use the full force of the law to work towards getting them the compensation they deserve. Contact us today.