An Underlying Cause of Misdiagnosis: Misread Medical Tests

What happens when a doctor misreads an x-ray, ultrasound, or medical test? The consequences vary and can lead to serious injury or death. Studies show that medical mistakes account for more than 10,000 deaths a year in the United States, as well as thousands of injuries. Among those healthcare errors, misread medical information is the root of many delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis situations.

 

Here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, our lawyers, who are well-versed in handling cerebral palsy lawsuits, have come across cases involving the failure to read a piece of crucial medical data accurately. In one case, our lawyers represented a mother whose prenatal ultrasound was read wrongly. This led to an unfortunate outcome. In another case we are currently handling, the radiologist misread a patient’s nuclear medicine scan.

 

Types of Misread Medical Tests

 

Medical testing is an essential aspect of diagnosing injuries and illnesses. Some of these tests include:

 

  • MRIs
  • X-rays
  • Allergy tests
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Blood tests
  • Testing for HIV/AIDs and STDs
  • Fertility tests
  • CT-Scans
  • PET-Scans
  • Bone scans
  • Tumor and cancer biopsies
  • Amniocentesis for detecting fetal abnormalities
  • Ultrasounds
  • Mammograms
  • Cancer screenings

 

The Consequences of Misread Tests

When one or more of these tests are not evaluated correctly, many possible outcomes can ensue. Not only do the results of the tests detect conditions and injuries, but they also provide the patient with information about their health and act as a guide for determining the best treatment approach. So when one test is misread, it can cause the medical mistake to elongate into other factors. By misreading a test, a serious illness can be completely missed, allowing the condition to worsen. Sometimes a misread test can result in the administering of the wrong medication or treatment. A patient might not be given treatment at all because of this error. In the most tragic circumstances, a patient may die from misdiagnosis of an illness that could have otherwise been prevented.

 

If you feel that you or a loved one may have been harmed due to the misreading of a medical test, consult with one of our birth injury cerebral palsy lawyers from Baltimore, MD. You deserve to understand your legal rights and obtain an award from the one who is responsible for the suffering they caused. Contact our law firm, Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, today for a complimentary consultation.

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