New Jersey Medical Testing Error Attorneys
Routine tests have the potential to save lives and prevent diseases from spreading or worsening. Unfortunately, medical testing errors sometimes prevent serious conditions from being detected and treatments to not be undertaken in a timely manner. It is also possible for patients to undergo treatment for a condition that they do not have because a doctor did not read test results correctly or because samples or results were accidentally switched. In New Jersey, failing to test or misreading tests is considered medical malpractice.
When medical testing errors occur, laboratories, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, doctors, hospitals, and other medical professionals may be liable for medical malpractice. This is particularly true if your condition has worsened or you now require a more invasive, expensive, or dangerous treatment. Sadly, patients sometimes die because an underlying health condition or preventable disease was not detected or was not treated quickly enough because of these testing errors. In these cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit becomes a wrongful death claim.
Common Medical Testing Errors
Every year, New Jersey doctors and hospitals order tens of thousands of medical tests and the potential for error is high. Examples of medical testing errors related to misreading tests or failing to test include the following:
- Negligently losing samples or results and failing to follow-up.
- Contaminating or mislabeling biological samples.
- False positives and false negatives.
- Faulty testing equipment and diagnostic devices.
- Improper interpretations of x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.
- Poor quality radiological images.
- Misreading images or tissue samples.
Deadly complications are more likely when medical testing errors relate to colonoscopies to detect colon cancer, mammograms to detect breast cancer, pap tests to detect cervical cancer, or PSA tests that detect signs of prostate cancer. These medical testing errors often result in a failure to diagnose claim because any delay puts the patient’s life in danger. Medical testing errors are particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children. Erroneous ultrasounds increase the risk of birth injuries and complications. Inaccurate amniocentesis tests can fail to alert expecting parents of fetal abnormalities. Errors in fertility tests can also have unexpected consequences.
Proving Testing Error, Medical Malpractice and Liability
Our New Jersey medical malpractice testing error attorneys look for several things when proving negligent medical testing cases. First, we validate the healthcare provider-patient relationship to prove the doctor or radiologist had a duty to perform tests and alert patients to all results. Second, we use evidence and expert witnesses to demonstrate the standard of care was breached. Finally, we analyze data and medical records to show the patient’s current condition is the direct result of medical testing errors.
Medical Testing Error Lawsuits
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, our New Jersey medical testing error lawyers specialize in pursuing complex medical testing error cases. For example, our New Jersey lawyers successfully secured a $3.5 million settlement on behalf of a New Jersey man who suffered a stroke because his doctor failed to accurately diagnose the condition. We will offer the same aggressive legal representation to you and ensure the person who made the medical testing error is held responsible.
If you or a loved one were harmed due to a medical testing error or a doctor’s failure to order the appropriate tests, contact the New Jersey medical testing error attorneys at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, and we will respond as soon as possible to discuss your medical malpractice case.