A mistake by a radiologist can result in a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Our medical malpractice lawyers handle legal claims when a radiologist makes an error when interpreting diagnostic images.
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Medical Malpractice Claims for Radiology Errors
Radiologists play a critical role in the delivery of medical services by interpreting x-rays, CT scans and MRIs to assist physicians and other healthcare providers in diagnosing conditions and providing medical treatment. Inaccurate interpretations of diagnostic films can lead to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of serious diseases or medical conditions.
Radiology Errors Lead to Misdiagnosis
The National Academy of Science defines a diagnostic error as any mistake or failure in the process that leads to a misdiagnosis, a missed diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. Roughly half of all medical malpractice lawsuits against radiologists involve a failure to diagnose. Studies demonstrate that the average error rate in radiologist interpretations is between 3 to 5 percent.
Here are the most common causes of diagnostic errors by radiologists:
- Cognitive Limitations. These are internal factors such as level of expertise, bias, state of mind and time. These factors can limit the radiologist's capacity to correctly interpret the imaging. Radiologists are under pressure to maintain high volumes of output. This assembly line medicine increases the risk of error.
- External Factors. Some factors are beyond the control of the radiologist, including communication, technical failures and poor policies and procedures from healthcare institutions.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help if a Radiologist's Error Caused Harm
We understand the special complexities of medicine and law that apply to medical malpractice cases. We also have the resources to stand toe-to-toe with the largest healthcare providers and insurance companies.
Please call or email us for a confidential, no-obligation consultation about your medical malpractice matter. Our experienced staff of medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help you now, regardless of where you live.
Put our more than 45 years of legal experience on your side. Please contact us for a free, confidential consultation about your potential medical malpractice claim. We would like to help you.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Please call or e-mail us for a confidential, no-obligation consultation about your medical malpractice matter. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help you now, wherever you live. Put our more than 45 years of legal experience on your side. We would like to help you.
Our Lawyers Can Help
In the context of all medical services delivered in Arizona, serious medical errors are relatively uncommon. But, when they occur, the consequences can be devastating—emotionally and financially—to those affected. Our medical malpractice lawyers have helped victims to receive everything they deserve for their losses.
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O'Steen & Harrison, PLC originally was formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1974. This innovative law firm, which described itself as a "legal clinic," was dedicated to providing affordable legal services to people who traditionally had little or no access to lawyers. Since then, our injury lawyers have helped thousands of individuals and families protect their legal rights.