Advances in radiologic technology in recent years has led to an increase in the role of the radiologist. Because of this, increasing numbers of legal claims against radiologists have begun to surface.
Diagnostic errors are the most common reasons behind malpractice lawsuits against radiologists in the United States. In fact, 75% of the claims made against radiologists stem from failure to diagnose or communicate a possible diagnosis to a patient or the patient’s physician.
Radiologists are held to the same standard as any other doctor, meaning they can be sued for misdiagnosing a patient or failing to diagnose a patient. If your health issue has been made worse by radiology malpractice, our Atlanta attorneys know how to pursue liability for the harm done to you.
Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP has helped hundreds of people gain compensation for the harm done to them by medical professionals. We have a well-earned reputation for successfully resolving complex medical malpractice cases for our clients in Georgia.
Common Radiology Procedures
Radiology encompasses several procedures, a list of the most common includes:
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Bone scan, thyroid scan, thallium cardiac stress test
Diagnostics in imaging are difficult because of the subjective nature of interpreting mammograms, ultrasounds, CT scans, x-rays, and MRIs. Because every condition is different, radiologists can overlook or misinterpret certain abnormalities. The most common misdiagnosed conditions include, breast cancer, non-spinal fractures, spinal fractures, lung cancer, and vascular disease.
Communication with a patient’s referring physician is another important part of a radiologist’s job. If there is miscommunication between the two physicians, the patient’s health may be in jeopardy. Claims can be made due to a radiologist’s failure to provide test results to the referring physician or not mention concerns that should have led to further diagnostic tests.
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If your health has been jeopardized by the failure or misdiagnosis of your radiologist or physician, please contact the Atlanta lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP to schedule a free initial consultation. Get your claim started today, give us a call at (404)445-1411 or fill out our online contact form.