Some research has suggested that three to five percent of lab test results are not correct. In many cases, laboratory errors in Miami and Florida lead to false negatives, meaning that patients do not get needed treatments in time. In other cases, these errors lead to false positives, so that patients are told they have a disease they do not have and are given aggressive and even harmful treatments for that disease.
If you have been injured by a laboratory error Miami or another Florida community, Florida law does protect you. You may be able to file a medical malpractice claim in Miami or your community. To get more information and to review your legal options, you can always reach the Flaxman Law Group to arrange a free case evaluation. The Flaxman Law Group is a full-service law firm with a track record of helping medical malpractice and personal injury victims in Miami and across South Florida.Why do Laboratory Errors Happen in Miami and Across Florida?
There are many reasons for lab errors and resulting medical malpractice claims in Miami and Florida:
- Tests, including computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images, are not taken correctly
- Samples, images, or test results are lost, misplaced, or mishandled
- Mix-ups of different test samples and paperwork
- Results are misinterpreted
- Record keeping is incorrect or samples are mislabeled
- Insufficient samples or images, leading to incorrect diagnosis
- Tainted samples
- Chemical interactions
- Technical errors in how samples or images are handled or interpreted
- Outdated or incorrect testing or analysis processes
- Diagnostic equipment or imaging equipment was defective in some way
- Incorrect training of staff in how to use imaging equipment or other equipment used to take samples or images
- Incorrect data is recorded and passed on
- Samples or images are not taken correctly
Part of the reason why lab errors can easily occur in Miami and across South Florida is because the testing system itself is complex. A doctor or medical professional orders the tests and a patient visits a separate area of the hospital or a nurse so that images or samples can be taken. Samples and images are then sent to either pathology laboratories or radiology laboratories. Radiology labs are where images such as CT and MRI scans are processed, while pathology labs are where urine, blood, and tissue samples are sent. The labs may be in a completely different building than the emergency room or hospital. Labs may also see tens of thousands of samples or images a year. Once they have evaluated your sample or image, labs send back the results to the hospital or the doctor who ordered the results. Your doctor can then examine the information and share that information with you. Unfortunately, errors can occur at any stage of the process and these errors can serious affect your health.
The Flaxman Law Group has the background, the resources and the personal injury attorneys to pursue medical malpractice claims. The legal staff has already faced hospitals and their insurance defense teams and has successfully recovered compensation on behalf of personal injury victims. To find out how this experience and track record can be put to work for you, contact the Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-FLAXMAN (1-866-352-9626) to discuss your situation.