Radiologists have been given more duties over the years. However, by receiving these duties, radiologists have also been held more responsible for injuries that occur. This is especially true when a radiologist makes a diagnosis error. If you suffer damages as a result of a diagnosis error, a personal injury attorney can assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.
Missing a Diagnosis
When a radiologist misses a diagnosis, you may not receive the medical care that you need. When this occurs, your condition might progress and you may end up in a worse medical condition as a result. This is especially a problem with conditions such as cancer. One of the most common medical malpractice cases is one involving a failure of a radiologist to diagnose breast cancer.
Even though a radiologist may not be your treating physician, they are still a physician and are required to provide a certain standard of care. However, for the radiologist to be considered responsible for medical malpractice, they will need to miss a diagnosis that would not be missed by a reasonable radiologist.
The Radiologist's Sphere of Knowledge
No single radiologist knows everything, and a radiologist may simply not know what they are looking at when examining an image. However, a radiologist will need to consult with another expert to interpret an unexpected result. Because medical malpractice is complex, it's important to work with a personal injury attorney.
Working With a Personal Injury Attorney
Your attorney will help you determine if you have a case based on the statutory requirements of your state. They will also try to gather the specialized knowledge that is necessary for you to win your case. In many situations, to win your case, you will need to rely on an expert witness who has the medical knowledge necessary to argue that the radiologist was negligent.
After you have established your case, your personal injury attorney will assist you in seeking compensation for your injuries ideally through a settlement. You will be entitled to healthcare expenses, impairment of the loss of bodily function, lost wages and lost earning capacity, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering.
Your family members may also have the right to file a claim because when you are injured, your entire family will also suffer. However, both you and your family will need to file a claim quickly against the radiologist because there is a statute of limitations.
Contact a firm like the Law Office of Robert Karwin to learn more.