Lab And X-Ray Errors Can Lead To Serious Health Issues

An integral part of diagnosing a patient's medical condition is laboratory testing. This may involve having a lab technician or radiologist taking an imaging or specimen at the hospital or laboratory and then the results are sent for analysis. Some of the common types of diagnostic tests include the CT scan, MRI, radiographic imaging, Pap smear, mammogram as well as analysis of blood, urine and tissue biopsy.

The laboratory testing process is complex with samples and radiographic images being handled by different medical staff. It also involves multiple steps, including transporting the samples and results from one location to another, making the process susceptible to mistakes. At The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., in Scottsdale, our lawyer works hard to help hold negligent medical professionals accountable and to help you recover the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Types of Lab And X-ray Mistakes

The importance of accurate testing and correct diagnosis cannot be overstated. More than one million lab and radiographic imaging mistakes are reported annually, resulting from human or administrative errors and equipment malfunction. Some of the common types of mistakes include:

  • Losing or misplacing laboratory samples, imaging and documents, possibly resulting in the wrong identification of patients.
  • Patient injury or death due to failure to communicate lab, radiology or pathology results
  • Making errors in the labeling of samples and imaging and entering inaccurate information and data into the computer.
  • Using incorrect procedures to take MRI images or CT scans as well as drawing specimens.
  • Contaminating and infecting samples due to the mismanagement of materials.
  • Analyzing, interpreting and communicating test results incorrectly by laboratory staff and physicians, leading to inaccurate problem identification.

Contact Our Arizona Attorney For A Free Initial Consultation

The errors on lab samples and radiographic imaging may result in delays and misinterpretation, leading to misdiagnosis. If you feel you have received a delayed diagnosis or have been harmed by a medical mistake in a lab, radiology or pathology department, call the Phoenix area Law Offices of Robert H. Kleinschmidt today at 480-951-3949 or contact us online to discuss your case.