Medical Malpractice Claims Resulting from Lab Errors
Whether you're getting routine blood work done, or being tested for something more serious, the benefits that medical labs can offer are truly outstanding. We are able to have trained professionals analyze our samples and perhaps diagnose a condition that our regular doctors have not been able to figure out from symptoms alone. Unfortunately, with more than 7 billion tests being run in laboratories every single year, the chance for error is quite real. One simple mistake could result in a misdiagnosis that ultimately ends a patient's life.
How does this happen? Shouldn't these medical laboratories have strict rules in place to ensure the accuracy of their work? Common reasons for inaccuracies include:
- The correct tumor cells were not extracted during the biopsy
- A patient's sample was not properly labeled
- The specimen was incorrectly drawn
- Results were misinterpreted
- The specimen was not handled properly
When you get testing done, so many people can be involved in the process that is difficult to determine where it all went wrong. Did your doctor perform a sub-par biopsy? Or was it someone in the medical lab that mixed up your results with another patient? An experienced medical malpractice lawyer will be able to look at your case and determine where the major error occurred.
Lab errors can be extremely scary because if you are treated for a condition you do not have, or you are told you're fine when you're actually quite ill, the results can be catastrophic. If you think you've been the victim of a laboratory error, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Girards Law for a free consultation at 888-897-2762.