Diagnostic tests such as x-rays and ultrasounds can be a wonderful tool for diagnosing medical conditions, but they are only as effective as the people who are interpreting them. If doctors fail to notice or diagnose conditions shown by these tests, the patients can be severely harmed.
When a patient undergoes a diagnostic test such as an x-ray or an ultrasound, the patient expects the doctor to identify injuries or medical conditions. Diagnostic tests such as x-rays and ultrasounds can be extremely valuable in a number of medical situations, such as over the course of a pregnancy, diagnosing traumatic brain injuries, and diagnosing cancer.
It’s been estimated that tens of thousands of patients die in the U.S. every year because their doctors failed to correctly read the results of their diagnostic tests in order to determine their condition. If a doctor fails to diagnose your condition, it is important that you have your medical records examined by an expert who can help you determine whose fault it is, in order to help you successfully recover compensation. Your doctor may not be to blame – instead, it could be a lab or another party. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that not all conditions can be discovered by diagnostic tests.
If you believe that your doctor failed to properly diagnose your condition, even though you had an x-ray, ultrasound, image scan, or another test, you should speak with an attorney. Your doctor may have committed malpractice. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more or to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit us on Facebook.