Radiology is one of the most useful medical diagnostic tools in use these days, but millions of errors happen every year that lead to medical problems for patients. When radiology errors happen, medical malpractice claims can help to cover the medical costs and ensure proper compensation going forward.
Errors trigger most claims against radiologists
A radiologist is a highly trained medical professional who is supposed to help your doctor accurately diagnose your medical condition to provide the best treatment. A combination of human and technological errors can lead to medical malpractice claims when it manifests itself in the medical treatment protocol.
About 75 percent of all medical malpractice claims against radiologists are due to diagnostic errors. All humans have personal biases that can affect how they view and judge things. When a radiologist views a particular condition as indicating a common problem with standard treatment but is, in reality, wrong about that, personal bias can lead to a misdiagnosis.
The technology enabling radiology also can cause errors. When bones and other tissue make the image less than perfectly clear, the wrong diagnosis might happen. This can lead to improper healing and additional costly and painful medical procedures to correct the error. When that happens, a medical malpractice claim can arise.
Only seconds to diagnose images
The workload for radiologists greatly contributes to diagnostic mistakes. A radiologist on average spends less than five seconds viewing an image to make an initial diagnosis. That is about how much time they have before moving on to the next image, and a diagnosis must be made. There may be many images for one patient, which could actually multiply the potential chances of making errors.
Is it time for a medical malpractice claim?
A medical professional is highly trained and expected to work in a reasonable manner to ensure high-quality healthcare. When mistakes are made, an experienced Houston medical malpractice attorney can help make the strongest case and obtain the best possible outcome.