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Radiology entails the capturing and interpretation of medical imaging for the diagnosis of injuries and diseases. When a radiologist misdiagnoses your condition or does not properly communicate their findings to your referring doctor, it may lead to complications – death even, in some cases.
This is because if your treating physician bases your treatment plan on an incorrect radiologic test result, that could either worsen the condition or leave it untreated.
Guide to Radiologic Mistakes and Negligence Claims in Minnesota
Medical doctors rely on radiologists to collect the right images and interpret them. Given how pivotal this role is to a patient’s health, procedural negligence or mistakes in interpreting and communicating test results are costly and pose dire consequences.
What is Radiology Negligence?
This occurs when a radiologist fails – either by omission or commission – to exercise reasonable care in providing their medical services. Furthermore, if the care doesn’t satisfy acceptable standards, the radiologist can be said to be negligent and thus sued for medical malpractice.
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How Do Radiology Misdiagnoses Occur?
Diagnostic errors can take place when radiologists:
- Collect the wrong image, such as imaging the wrong organ or capturing the wrong view of an organ
- Fail to identify something in an image
- Identify something in an image but fail to note its significance
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Can I Sue a Radiologist for Diagnostic Errors in Minnesota?
Yes, you can. Diagnostic errors are, in fact, the most common grounds for various radiology malpractice lawsuits.
What Misdiagnosis Injuries Form the Basis of a Radiology Malpractice Lawsuit?
The result of misdiagnosis could be that you could not receive the right treatment for an illness or injury, or you undergo unnecessary treatment for an illness or injury you do not have. In either case, the misdiagnosis can be the basis of a lawsuit.
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Can a Radiology Practice be Sued for Lab Errors?
Yes. Lab errors sometimes occur during radiology procedures. While radiologists usually have minimal contact with patients, radiology mistakes can occur in the lab during the following:
- Contrast dye injection
- Drug administration
- Protection against radiation
What if a Radiology Lab Did Not Discuss a Radiology Procedure with Me?
A radiology lab’s failure to discuss a lab procedure with you may be the basis of a radiology malpractice lawsuit if you suffered a resulting injury. As with other medical providers, radiologists and their staff are required to advise patients of the nature of the radiology procedure, possible complications and side effects, and obtain informed consent.
Are there Special Rules for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Minnesota for Radiology Mistakes?
Yes. Minnesota has a few laws to keep in mind when filing a lawsuit for any form of medical malpractice.
- Statute of limitations: A medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within four years of the medical error. This is a short time frame considering radiology mistakes may go undiscovered for years.
- Certification of expert review: Claims for medical malpractice in Minnesota must be reviewed by a medical expert early in the case. The expert must certify that, in their opinion, the patient’s medical treatment deviated from the applicable standard of care and resulted in the patient’s injuries.
Contact a Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer
At Madia Law, we have extensive experience trying cases in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota courtrooms. More importantly, we work hard on your radiology malpractice case and will always be honest about the strengths and weaknesses of your case. We also take many cases on a contingency fee.
Contact our Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer about radiology mistakes suffered by you or a loved one.