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When it comes time to seek care, patients place their trust in the experience and knowledge of their healthcare providers to diagnose their health issues and provide the best appropriate treatment. When misdiagnosis or a delay in diagnosis results from a diagnostic test error, patients may experience serious consequences.

If you experienced injury or harm because of a negligent healthcare professional’s diagnostic test error, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case.

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What Is Misinterpretation of Test Results Medical Malpractice?

While empowering yourself to understand the basics behind medical test results is important, the decisions you make largely require relying on trained professionals interpreting data in a way that is beyond the average person’s qualifications. In many cases, patients do not have access to the information they would even need to understand the results on their own.

From blood tests to radiology scans, medical tests depend on the skill and accuracy of the technician performing the test and the attentiveness and qualifications of the physician who interprets the results. Interpreting test results is a common part of a doctor’s duties—and it can mean the difference between providing access to care and more serious consequences, including death.

Not every case involving complications after a medical test qualifies as medical malpractice, but if you experience persistent or worsening symptoms after a physician’s reading of your tests, especially if the results indicated the lack of abnormalities present that might account for the symptoms, it might be a sign of the doctor’s negligence. If you believe that you or a loved one has been a victim of malpractice, finding legal help is a vital step towards receiving recovery from your losses.

What Do You Need to Prove in a Malpractice Case Involving Misinterpreted Test Results?

In order to prove a medical malpractice case, your situation must first meet a few basic criteria for malpractice overall:

  • Duty of care. The medical professional whom you are considering suing was responsible for your care.
  • Violation of standard of care. The healthcare provider violated processes or procedures that the general medical community would consider standard.
  • Injuries. The negligence or error resulted in injury.
  • Damages. The injury has resulted in significant negative financial, emotional, or other legally calculable consequences.

When it comes to test results, malpractice is virtually impossible to prove without the proper records. When you work with the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at JJS, you’re working with a team of lawyers and medical professionals who are tenacious when it comes to getting the necessary evidence.

While the misread test itself can be difficult for patients to acquire, there are plenty of recognizable signs to indicate that your medical issue was caused by misinterpreted test results. If any of these common indicators (listed below) apply to your or your loved one’s case, it might be time to seek further guidance from a medical malpractice attorney to determine your next steps.

  • The condition worsens after not receiving proper treatment
  • The symptoms persist in spite of negative test results
  • Death attributed to the suspected health concerns during autopsy
  • A later diagnosis conflicts with the previous diagnosis

Misdiagnosis often occurs in cases involving cancer, asthma, heart attack, Lyme disease, lupus, and Parkinson’s. If you have been experiencing symptoms consistent with any of those conditions but have been deemed cleared by your physician, it may be worth getting a second opinion—especially if your symptoms do not respond to other treatments.

How Are Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice Cases Resolved

Medical malpractice cases can be long and complex. Without the full resources of an experienced team behind you, they can become painfully overwhelming for you and your loved ones.

As soon as you suspect medical malpractice, contact an attorney. An initial consultation is not a commitment to file, and it will help you get all the facts you need to come to a decision. If you decide to file, acting quickly will help you remain within the statute of limitations, as well as limit the loss of crucial evidence needed to prove your malpractice claim.

If you have a viable medical malpractice case, your lawyers will work on your behalf to reach either a settlement or a judgment in your favor. Compensation for these cases will vary depending on a few factors:

  • Doctor and hospital bills—past, present, and future
  • Lost income—past, present, and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Quality of life concerns

In our years of representing victims of medical malpractice, Janet, Janet & Suggs has recovered damages totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, including for test results malpractice. While the award amount will vary on a case-by-case basis, what remains constant is the JJS team’s commitment to fighting for the recovery that is in the best interest of our clien

Locations We Serve

Our misdiagnosis medical malpractice lawyers have handled cases nationwide. Altogether, our attorneys are licensed to practice in almost a dozen states, including:

  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.

If you reside outside of these states, Janet, Janet & Suggs may still be able to represent you. Our attorneys have received court approval to practice in several other states across the country.

Why Should You Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs?

Our experienced attorneys and network of expert witnesses will help you find your way through the complex process of your medical malpractice case to seek justice and fair compensation for your injuries. JJS operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning we collect no fees until we win your case.

Contact JJS today for a free, no-obligation case review.

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