Mistakes that occur in pathology laboratories – where millions of biopsies, blood samples, and tissue specimens are examined every year, and radiology laboratories, where CT scans can be misinterpreted or MRIs negligently mislabeled – can result in devastating consequences for a patient. It is estimated that 160,000 people suffer some sort of harm as a result of laboratory mistakes every year in the United States. Whether the specimens are defective, the biopsy didn't extract tumor cells, or there is a mix-up of patient's samples, the occurrence of laboratory mistakes is a growing epidemic that can lead to serious injuries and/or death.
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Why Do Laboratory Mistakes Occur
According to experts, the process of medical testing is complex, dated, and error-prone. Testing often begins in a doctor's office or a laboratory, where a specimen or an image is taken. It is then examined and interpreted by medical professionals before the results are sent back to the physician who diagnoses the patient. Unfortunately, numerous things can go wrong during every step of the process, which can threaten the health and/or life of a patient. Laboratory mistakes often occur as a result of:
• Incorrectly drawn specimens
• Mislabeled specimens
• Mishandled specimens or images
• Misinterpreted results
• Patient information incorrectly entered into computer systems
• Identification errors
• Mix-up with another patient's sample
Consequences of Laboratory Mistakes
Approximately 2.9 million laboratory mistakes occur every year, harming hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. The consequences of these errors ranges from the anxiety and stress suffered by patients who are incorrectly diagnosed, to far more severe outcomes such as unnecessary surgery, delayed treatment, and wrong blood type transfusions. Some laboratory mistakes result in cancer misdiagnosis, which in many cases leads to fatal consequences.
My Legal Rights
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death as a result of laboratory mistakes, it is important to know that you are not alone. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can protect your legal rights, maximize your interests, and help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses and suffering. Please contact us today to consult with a qualified attorney FREE of charge.
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