Radiological Errors

Diagnostic errors continue to be one of the most common types of medical negligence in Tampa, FL. An error related to diagnostic radiology can result in a delayed diagnosis or even misdiagnosis. Radiological errors can — and do – result in death or permanent impairments. 

Our Tampa radiological errors lawyers at Catania & Catania, P.A. understand how an error in radiology can adversely impact a patient’s care and health. We won’t let your medical provider off the hook if their error results in your harm. We’ve already recovered millions of dollars in medical malpractice claims and lawsuits.

If you or a family member suffered harm because of radiological errors, contact our law firm for a free consultation with one of our Tampa medical malpractice lawyers. Call us at (813) 222-8545 and let us help you get the money you deserve to move forward.

How Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help with Your Claim

How Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help with Your Claim

Medical errors can cause significant harm and damages. We’ve seen it first hand with our clients. You deserve compensation when your medical provider makes an error and causes you harm. A Tampa personal injury lawyer can help you recover money for your medical bills and other damages after your doctor’s mistake.

Our Tampa medical malpractice attorneys have over 120 years of combined legal experience. Catania & Catania, P.A. has recovered over $500 million in compensation for our clients since 1992. We have the experience and results you can trust.

When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:

  • Explain your legal rights and options for seeking compensation
  • Investigate the cause of the radiological error and identify the responsible parties
  • Consult medical experts regarding the standard of care for your case
  • File insurance claims and claims with at-fault parties and negotiate a fair settlement for your case
  • File and pursue a lawsuit if the at-fault parties refuse to agree to fair settlement terms

When a medical provider is negligent, patients suffer. If you were harmed by medical negligence, you need legal help. Contact our law office today to schedule a free case review with one of our medical malpractice lawyers in Tampa, Florida.

Are Radiological Errors Common Medical Mistakes?

The error rate for radiology mistakes is between three to five percent in the United States. However, the consequences of radiology errors are severe. In about 80 percent of the cases involving radiological errors, people die or sustain a permanent disability.

Physicians order diagnostic tests to help them diagnose a patient’s condition. Radiology is an important tool used by doctors. Medical professionals use it to perform:

  • CT Scans (computed tomography)
  • Mammograms
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • PET scans
  • Ultrasounds
  • X-rays

Many of the radiological mistakes are caused by human error and a lack of knowledge regarding imaging tests. Reporting errors are another common error and often result from interpretative errors or perceptual errors.

Common causes of radiological mistakes include, but are not limited to:

  • Rushing to complete a test or read the test results
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Lack of adequate training or experience
  • Understaffing of labs and diagnostic centers
  • Working under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Records mismanagement, including reading the tests from another patient
  • Defective or faulty machines
  • Cognitive biases or Satisfaction of Search errors (a physician or radiologist stops analyzing results when they discover a condition they expect to find)

Errors with radiology results can be reduced by performing a double reading. Two or more radiologists should independently read the results of a diagnostic test. It is less likely that a mistake will be made with multiple readings.

How Do Radiological Errors Impact Patients?

When a physician makes an interpretive error in radiology, the patient could suffer one or more adverse events. The type of error can even worsen the patient’s health.

Potential consequences of a radiological error include:

  • A delay in diagnosis could result in the patient dying sooner than necessary
  • An untreated medical condition could result in permanent impairments
  • The patient may receive the wrong treatment, allowing the condition to worsen
  • The patient may sustain a stroke, cardiac arrest, or loss of organs

When they happen, radiological errors tend to cause significant damages for affected patients. Injured patients may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. They could be entitled to economic damages, such as increased medical bills, nursing care, and lost wages. Additionally, the patient may be eligible for compensation for their pain and suffering and other non-economic damages

Who is Responsible for Damages Caused by Radiological Errors?

The physician, radiologist, and medical facility could be liable for damages caused by radiology errors. Before you can recover compensation for your injuries, you must prove the legal elements of negligence or medical malpractice claim. 

Generally, you would need to prove that your medical provider breached their duty of care to provide adequate treatment. Then, you would need to prove that their radiological error was the cause of your injuries and damages.

Medical malpractice cases require hiring medical experts to determine how the medical provider should have acted in your situation. Our medical malpractice attorneys work closely with leading experts to gather evidence of your medical provider’s wrongdoing.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Tampa Radiological Errors Lawyers

When an error occurs in diagnosing a patient, that patient may suffer irreversible harm. The best way to know whether you have a claim is to request a free consultation with one of our Tampa personal injury attorneys. Get the legal advice you need during a free, no-obligation appointment.