Receiving timely and appropriate diagnoses and treatments give patients with serious illnesses the best chance for recovery. However, when doctors fail to order or evaluate much-needed diagnostic tests, dangerous health conditions can go undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed. This can subject patients to unneeded treatments or procedures while the underlying problem goes unchecked. Sometimes the effects of a missed or delayed diagnosis can be fatal.
While most patients trust their doctor to have the knowledge and training necessary to order the tests they need, this isn't always the case. Failure to order the correct tests is one of the most common diagnostic errors, according to a 2006 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, accounting for 55 percent of cases alleging a missed or delayed diagnosis.
Diagnostic tests are essential in diagnosing a wide range of diseases, infections, and other illnesses. Common diagnostic tests include:
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computer axial tomography (CT or CAT scan)
- Bone density study
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
When failure to order the appropriate diagnostic test causes harm to a patient, the injured patient may be able to hold the negligent medical provider responsible. Potentially liable parties include doctors, nurses, lab technicians, or diagnosticians.
Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
If you suffered a delayed diagnosis or were misdiagnosed because your doctor failed to conduct or evaluate much-needed diagnostic tests, or the doctor failed to communicate the results of these tests to you in a timely manner, you may be eligible for compensation.
The experienced medical malpractice attorneys with Holton Law Firm can go over your case with you and discuss your legal options. Contact Holton Law Firm's Memphis law office to schedule your free, no-obligation initial case review. Call us today, or complete the online contact form to get started.