Failure to Communicate Test Results Lawsuit Claims Lawyer
When a doctor or medical facility fails to make communication a top priority, it can lead to serious consequences for their patients. Relaying vital information gained from health tests and screenings to patients is critical to ensure prompt treatment for serious illnesses and diseases. When there is a failure to communicate test results that cause harm to a patient, the medical professional or facility may be liable for damages.
Communication of health information and diagnosis from testing is a problem in the medical industry. There is a lack of follow through when it comes to contacting patients with test results, often resulting in delayed treatment for serious illnesses. Early detection is key for effective treatment in many diseases. If test results are not shared with a patient, it can be devastating to their chances of overcoming the illness. This occurs more often than is acceptable and is a major factor in many medical malpractice lawsuits. This includes not notifying the patient or the clinician of the test results or giving the incorrect test result.
Injuries Caused by Delayed Test Results
Commonly with delayed test results, the illness is a progression or worsening of a health condition. For example, if a mammogram indicated possible breast cancer, yet the patient was not notified, they may not have another screening for a year or more. This could allow the cancer to progress to a more dangerous stage, putting the person’s health and life at risk. In this scenario, the patient or their family may seek compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. They can sue for medical costs, pain and suffering and other damages caused by the failure to communicate the results of the mammogram.
If you or a family member have been injured due to a medical professional or facility failing to give you test results regarding your health, contact Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law today. We can help you determine whether you have a viable medical malpractice claim and will help you explore your legal options.