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What is the most common cause of radiology malpractice cases?

When a radiologist fails to diagnose an injury or illness, the results can be devastating. According to one radiologist at Skokie Hospital, failing to diagnose is the number one cause of medical malpractice lawsuits in radiology.

Delayed or missed diagnosis of breast cancer is the most common failure to diagnose. Lung cancer is second and fractures are third.

There is another problem that is creeping up and that is the failure to communicate. This can be a problem in hospitals around the country. Communication is essential for doctors, nurses, patients and others in order to make sure the right information gets to the appropriate person.

Behind the failure to communicate is another common problem. This is when radiology reports don't make it to the referring physician. If he or she doesn't receive a radiology report on a radiological procedure, then the physician could forget he or she even ordered it, leading to a delayed diagnosis. One of the reasons that communication may be lacking, according to the radiologist, is the workload that radiologists have today.

When you suffer because of medical negligence, you have a right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress and more. When a failure to diagnose causes you illness or injury, it means that your doctor did not meet the standard of care required. This means that he or she did not provide the care that another doctor would have provided if in the same position and dealing with the same information. When the standard of care isn't met, then you have cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney can provide more information on your legal options for your specific circumstances.

Source: Diagnostic Imaging, "Failure to Diagnose and Communicate in Radiology/," Liza Haar, accessed March 10, 2017

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