Radiologists are physician specialists who interpret the results of X-rays, mammograms, CT scans and MRIs. The radiologist’s findings end up in a final written report. When a radiologist fails to properly interpret the results of these tests, patients often suffer serious and even life-threatening consequences. Moreover, many treating physicians have a practice of merely relying on the written results of the radiologists report rather than reinterpreting the results themselves. This can lead to a chain of erroneous diagnoses that put the patient at risk to suffer severe, long-term consequences or even death. The radiology malpractice attorneys at Michigan Injury Lawyers are time-tested in battling for their clients’ rights. If you or a loved one believes that you may have suffered damages as the result of a radiologist's improper diagnosis of a medical condition, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Types of Radiology Errors
There are a variety of ways in which radiologists’ misinterpretations can lead to poor treatment outcomes. Among the common errors are the failures to identify:
- breast and other types of cancers
- internal bleeding
Another category of damages arises from normal results being interrupted as abnormal, which can lead to unnecessary treatment, and abnormal results being interpreted as normal, which can lead to no treatment at all. Additionally, patients can be damaged by the tests if not properly administered.
Expert Witnesses in Radiology Cases
Proving a radiologist has committed malpractice means showing that the conduct of the person interpreting the tests falls below the standard of care. This knowledge is beyond the scope of what a typical person would know. That means expert witnesses, who are themselves usually radiologists, must be brought to court to testify on your behalf. Finding qualified and persuasive radiologists to testify against one of their own can be a daunting task. At Michigan Injury Lawyers, we have ongoing professional relationships with a number of eminently qualified physicians who are available to review your case with us and testify on your behalf.
Fighting the Insurance Companies
Radiologists, like all physicians, are typically covered for their errors and omissions by a policy of medical malpractice insurance. That means that the insurance company will retain high-priced defense lawyers who will use every trick in the book to defeat your claim. The only way to prevail against this type of defense is to have a strong advocate of your own. The radiology errors attorneys practicing at Michigan Injury Lawyers are seasoned with years of experience battling insurance companies and their attorneys in court. Knowing that they are facing tenacious and qualified advocates can often lead to a decision to settle the case for a fair amount. Let Michigan Injury Lawyers go to work for you or your loved one to obtain the compensation you are entitled to for the radiology malpractice that has been suffered. Contact us for your no-cost, no-obligation appointment to learn how we can assist you.