To understand what is going wrong inside a patient’s body, doctors need to see what is going on inside a patient’s body. To accomplish that, physicians rely on radiological technology to produce diagnostic images of the body’s internal functioning. Such common imaging tools include x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, sonograms, and ultrasounds. In conjunction with physicians, radiologists who take these pictures use them to identify and diagnose illnesses, injuries, or other conditions. But when these images are incorrectly interpreted or analyzed, it can lead to a misdiagnosis.
A radiological misdiagnosis can have catastrophic consequences for a patient. A serious condition can be missed and left untreated, allowing the illness to progress to the point where it can no longer be effectively addressed. Alternatively, a patient may undergo unnecessary surgeries or courses of treatment to address a condition which doesn’t actually exist. Those treatments themselves may create additional health problems.
When doctors and radiologists make critical errors in their use and interpretation of diagnostic images and a patient suffers as a result, it can constitute medical malpractice. The Tampa medical malpractice attorneys at Alley, Clark & Greiwe represent individuals and families whose lives have been adversely impacted by a radiological misdiagnosis, fighting tirelessly to hold negligent doctors accountable and get our clients the compensation that can help them recover and move forward with their lives.
Common Examples of Radiological Misdiagnosis and Malpractice
Radiologists are specially-trained doctors who must follow the same standards of care as any other physician. This includes carefully taking the images, processing the images, and interpreting the images that will be used to determine the nature of a patient’s medical condition.
Often, the proper analysis of diagnostic images is the turning point in a patient’s course of care, with the decisions that follow determining whether the patient will receive the treatment they need. The failure to make the correct diagnosis based on those images can and often does result in these common and tragic events:
- Failure to detect and diagnose cancer while at an early and treatable phase.
- Misdiagnosis of fetal distress or other in utero conditions leading to birth injuries or death
- Severe spinal cord injuries or disability caused by failure to detect fractures.
- Medication errors and injuries from misdiagnosis.
- Wrongful death, permanent injury or medication errors from failure to diagnose an impending stroke or heart attack.
- Permanent injuries or death from misdiagnosis of an infection.
At Alley, Clark & Greiwe, our experienced Tampa medical malpractice attorneys work closely with medical experts including highly-credentialed radiologists to evaluate and pursue cases of medical malpractice based on a radiological misdiagnosis. If we determine that doctors and radiologists were negligent in their use or interpretation of diagnostic images, we will vigorously pursue compensation for injuries our clients suffer as a result.
Call Alley, Clark & Greiwe Today to Discuss Your Radiological Misdiagnosis Case
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered because of a radiological error or misdiagnosis, or you think you have been a victim of other forms of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Recovering such compensation requires the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Such suits are incredibly complicated, and many investigatory steps need to be taken before you can file a claim for compensation.
The experienced Tampa medical malpractice lawyers at the law firm of Alley, Clark & Greiwe are Board-certified trial attorneys and have been recognized by the legal community for their experience and knowledge in litigating claims for persons who have been victims of serious medical errors, including radiological misdiagnoses. Please contact us online to arrange for your free case evaluation.