Misreading Test Results Claims
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Misreading Test Results Claims
Examples of medical negligence occur in all areas of medicine, thus enabling Misreading Test Results Claims. Whether a practitioner or practice is run privately or as part of the NHS, mistakes are made when misreading test results. Sometimes it is because the results are unclear or ambiguous. However, there are times when misreading test results is purely down to human error and therefore completely avoidable.
What are Misreading Test Results Claims?
Medical negligence caused by incorrectly interpreting test results is more common than you may think. It is an area of medical negligence our lawyers at The Medical Negligence Experts have lots of experience of handling. Misreading test results can cause a patient to have delayed or incorrect treatment which can make their condition much worse than it would be had the mistake not occurred. In the most extreme cases, misreading test results has caused the deaths of patients who would otherwise have recovered from their illness.
For a claim for diagnostic error compensation to be successful the patient, or the family acting on their behalf if they are incapable of representing themselves, must demonstrate that:
- The doctor, clinician, dentist, or responsible medical practitioner showed negligence in their incorrect interpretation of the test results; and
- That their negligent actions have caused you harm.
It is important to note that the misinterpretation of test results is not evidence of misdiagnosis. Even the most experienced doctors can make an incorrect diagnosis despite having taken every care not to do so.
The accepted diagnostic practice is to evaluate and assess a patient’s symptoms before using the information available to list potential causes. The most obvious of these is tested first, with the doctor progressing through the list, discarding possible causes as tests or diagnostics rule them out until the most likely cause remains.
How Can We Help?
The Medical Negligence Experts will look at the process the doctor went through to reach their decision to see if negligence existed. Did they analyse all likely causes based on your symptoms, or did they make an assumption without adequate assessment? Would a similar doctor have reached the same conclusion, or would they have achieved the correct diagnosis?
If we find evidence of negligence, the next step is to determine whether it caused harm a patient would not have otherwise experienced. For example, did delayed diagnosis of skin cancer cause the disease to spread and necessitate a more aggressive form of treatment, such skin grafts and radiotherapy, and does the patient now have an increased risk of recurrence?
We will be with you right through the process, from the moment you make an initial enquiry until the conclusion of your claim. We will put you in contact with the best independent medical experts to help provide evidence to support your claim, negotiate on your behalf, and if it is not possible to resolve your claim out of court, we will represent you in court and fight for the best possible outcome.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and find out how we can help you.