Fort Lauderdale Misread X-Ray, MRI, CT (CAT) Scan, Ultrasound Attorney
If you’ve been hurt due to an improper interpretation of a diagnostic study, contact this Fort Lauderdale Misread X-Ray, MRI, CT (CAT) Scan, and Ultrasound Lawyer today. A diagnostic study is a test run to try to diagnose a medical condition. Types of diagnostic studies include x-rays, MRI’s, CT (CAT) scans and ultrasounds.
An x-ray is a type of diagnostic study which uses a form of electromagnetic radiation to detect objects in the body. X-rays are typically very good at detecting solid objects in the body (such as bones) and not so good at detecting soft tissue. So, for example, an x-ray might be able to detect a broken/fractured bone, but it probably won’t be able to detect a strain or sprain.
An MRI (“magnetic resonance imaging”) is a form of diagnostic study which uses magnetic fields, electric field gradients, and radio waves to form images of organs in the body. Unlike x-rays, MRI’s are good at detecting soft tissue. So, for example, an MRI might be able to detect a herniated disc, while an x-ray typically won’t be able to do so.
A CT (CAT) scan (“computed tomography scan”) is like an MRI but used x-rays taken from many different angles.
Finally, an ultrasound uses sound waves to detect objects and measure distances. Ultrasounds are frequently used to check a fetus’ development/progress during pregnancy.
Should you be injured due to the misread of an x-ray, MRI, CT (CAT) Scan or ultrasound anywhere in Florida (including West Palm Beach, Miami, Palm Beach County, or Miami-Dade County), call Mr. Quackenbush and discuss your case for free today. He can be reached at 786-294-7711.Caring Counsel from this Fort Lauderdale Misread X-Ray, MRI, CT (CAT) Scan, Ultrasound Lawyer
All of the diagnostic studies are used to diagnose conditions such as injury, disease or, in the case of the ultrasound, pregnancy. These tools can be quite effective in helping doctors to prescribe useful treatment. However, diagnostic studies can be misread. Further, when a diagnostic study is misread, catastrophic consequences can result because incorrect treatment may be prescribed.
A radiologist is a type of doctor who reads and interprets diagnostic studies for a living. The radiologist will typically look at the diagnostic study film (the actual image generated by the test) and diagnose conditions. The radiologist will typically write-up a radiology report and send it to the treating physician (i.e., the doctor that ordered the study). The treating physician oftentimes will read/interpret the diagnostic study himself in order to form his own opinion. Either a radiologist or a treating physician, then, may misread a diagnostic study.
The misreading of a diagnostic study may lead to improper treatment, which can cause catastrophic results. For example, a doctor may look at an x-ray and fail to notice a broken/fractured bone. If the broken/fractured bone required surgery but none was given because the doctor misread the x-ray, then the doctor will be liable if the patient’s condition later worsens as a result of the non-surgery.
Similarly, a doctor may look at an MRI and fail to notice a disc herniation. If the herniated disc required surgery and none was given because the doctor mis-read the MRI, then the doctor will be liable if the patient’s condition later worsens as a result of the non-surgery.
Finally, ultrasounds are used to diagnose conditions during pregnancy. Certain conditions require certain treatments. For example, certain conditions require immediate induced-labor. If a doctor fails to notice one of these conditions and fails to give treatment as a result, then the doctor will be liable if the pregnancy results in stillbirth as a result or the baby is born with catastrophic injuries. For instance, if an ultrasound shows a condition that requires an immediate “Caesarean section (C section)” but none is given because the doctor misread the ultrasound, then the doctor will be responsible if catastrophe results – which it easily can.Experienced Guidance from this South Florida Misread X-Ray, MRI, CT (CAT) Scan, Ultrasound Attorney/Lawyer
If your doctor has misread your diagnostic study and caused you injuries as a result, it will be important to determine if the doctor carries insurance coverage – which you can do here:
At that site, you can also check to see if your doctor has received complaints or has been disciplined before.
If your doctor did carry insurance, then you can pursue compensation from that insurance company. On the other hand, if your doctor didn’t carry insurance, then you may be stuck pursuing compensation from the doctor him or herself. This, however, may be difficult because in the State of Florida homes are protected by the “Homestead Act” (i.e., a property owned by a person who lives in the property may not be taken). Nonetheless, you may still be able to take vehicles, garnish future wages, etc.
Further, if your doctor’s negligence was committed in a hospital, then you may be able to pursue compensation from the hospital if the doctor was an employee.Call this Broward County Misread X-Ray, MRI, CT (CAT) Scan, Ultrasound Law Firm
Should you be hurt due to a misread diagnostic study anywhere in Broward County (including Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors), call Mr. Quackenbush today at 786-294-7711 to talk about your case at no charge. This Fort Lauderdale Misread X-Ray, MRI, CT (CAT) Scan, Ultrasound Law Firm has the experience it takes to win.