Helping Patients Affected by Radiology Misdiagnosis
Our attorneys at Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C. in Bridgeport, Connecticut, have experience protecting the rights of patients harmed by radiology misdiagnosis and other medical mistakes.
The Impact of a Radiology Mistake
Radiology mistakes can result in serious complications for a patient. Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis by a radiologist or physician is often caused by misreading or misinterpreting the radiologic image.
A radiology mistake can cause misdiagnosis or a delay in a treatment for a patient’s condition. This can vary from treatment for a broken bone, stroke and cancer. Common radiology mistakes include:
- Failure to diagnose an aneurysm
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Failure to diagnose a bone fracture
- Misreading X-rays
- Administration of wrong dose of radiation
Imaging techniques include X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans. These scans play a vital role in diagnosing and treating a patient. A mistake can lead to serious complications and even death.
Your Options After Medical Negligence
You expect to be properly evaluated by medical professionals. When a radiologist makes an error, your health is put at risk. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a radiology mistake or misdiagnosis, do not wait to speak to us about your legal options.
Our lawyers know how to analyze your case to determine if medical negligence could have been prevented and who can be held liable for your complications. We will help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of filing a medical malpractice claim against the radiologist, doctor and medical facility if they played a role in your care.
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We will advocate for you and work diligently to build a strong case. A medical malpractice claim may help you receive compensation for your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is vital to get your case reviewed as soon as you suspect negligence. We will get to work immediately.
Medical Malpractice Frequently Asked Questions
How can I be assured of good medical care while in the hospital?
A.When you are in a hospital, demand specific information:
1. You and a trusted family member should always know the diagnosis and potential procedure.
2. Question each procedure before it is started.
3. Before taking medication, ask what it is for and who prescribed it.
4. Insist that you know the doctor who is in charge of your case overall.
5. Before going into the operating room, find out who they think you are, as well as what operation they expect to perform and where upon your body.
6. You and your family members should not be afraid to complain if you feel the patient is having a problem that is being ignored.
7. Repeat over and over again any allergies or reactions you may have.
8. If your instincts say something is wrong, demand to see the doctor in charge.
9. Never hesitate to ask for and obtain a second opinion.
How long does it take to determine whether I have a medical negligence case?
A.The investigation to determine whether a medical malpractice case exists can take several months and sometimes over a year. This is why it is very important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible if you feel that you or a family member has been harmed by medical treatment. Before we can decide whether you have a case, we must obtain copies of all your relevant medical records and reports, including at times x-ray and MRI scans. Typically, these records are provided to an out-of-state medical provider in order to determine whether medical rules and standards have been broken. Sometimes we have to consult with doctors in several different medical specialties before we can make a decision on whether we can bring a case for you.
How much time do I have to bring a case against a medical provider, hospital or nursing home for harm caused to me or a family member?
A.Under the law, you generally have two years from the date of malpractice or from when you knew or should have known of the malpractice in which to bring a claim in a court of proper jurisdiction. The maximum amount of time for bringing a claim under any circumstances is three years from the date of malpractice. In order to determine the specific limitation that may apply in your case, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. You can also request a 90-day automatic extension of time in which to file suit, which must be filed before the applicable limitation has expired.
How to best survive a Connecticut hospital stay?
• To reduce problems during a Connecticut hospital stay, demand specific information. Some guidelines are mentioned below:
• You and a trusted family member should always know the diagnosis and potential procedures.
• Question each procedure that someone is to perform before it is started.
• Before taking medication, ask what it is for and who prescribed it.
• Insist that you know the doctor who is in charge of your case overall.
• Before going into the operating room, find out who they think you are, as well as what operation they expect to perform and where upon your body.
• You and your family members should not be afraid to complain if you feel the patient is having a problem that is being ignored.
• Repeat over and over again any allergies or reactions you may have.
• If your instincts say something is wrong, demand to see the doctor in charge.
• Never hesitate to ask for and obtain a second opinion.
If a patient tragically dies as a result of careless medical care and treatment, can a case still be brought?
A.Yes. In the tragic situation where careless medical care and treatment result in a patient’s death, a lawsuit can be brought by the administrator of the estate of the person who died, whether or not the person had a will.
What is required under the law in order to bring a case against a medical provider, hospital or nursing home for harm caused to me or a family member?
A.Under the law, in order to file a medical negligence claim against a medical provider, hospital or nursing home, we must obtain the written and signed opinion of a similar health care provider stating that there have been violations of the medical rules or standards in the care and treatment provided to a patient and the statement must also give a detailed basis for the opinions. The statement must be filed with the lawsuit. In addition, the attorney must also attach a certificate of probable cause that there is a good faith belief that grounds exist for a lawsuit.