Lab Test Errors
There are approximately 36,000 medical laboratories in the U.S. and each serves a vital function in our healthcare system. Whether they’re in-house hospital labs or third-party companies like LabCorp and Quest that handle outsourced testing, lab teams help physicians diagnose disease, prescribe medications, and plan patients’ treatment courses.
Unfortunately, mistakes do happen in laboratories, and the consequences of medical lab errors can sometimes result in serious injury and death.
Labs have strict protocols to which they must adhere. They must interpret the test results accurately, know when to alert the healthcare provider of a lab value that is an urgent or emergency medical matter, and ensure that information is relayed to the right medical provider in a timely fashion.
Otherwise, people can become severely ill or even die. Labs deal with life and death matters all day, every day, and we’re relying on them to do their jobs!
Can You Sue If Your Lab Results Are Wrong?
All healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, techs, and physician groups, must follow regulatory guidelines in their practices. There is a common standard of care they’re expected to meet in each patient case. These guidelines include laboratories as well.
Medical laboratories are subject to governmental regulations that are in place for patient safety. As well, labs must comply with clinical standards to be in compliance with safe practices. When we are litigating a case involving medical lab errors and negligence, we are ultimately researching for facts and evidence that the medical lab did not comply with regulatory or clinical guidelines.
Oftentimes, the laboratory will have its own policies and procedures which were not followed and this can also be evidence of negligence. Like many other types of medical negligence cases, it will often require the retention of one or more medical experts to render expert testimony concerning the lab’s practices.
How Do You Prove A Medical Lab’s Negligence?
Medical negligence can be difficult to prove, and we don’t recommend trying to do so on your own.
When investigating a client’s claim, we look for evidence that a medical lab team or provider performed below the standard of care. In the case of a lab tech, we ask whether they reported the patient’s results in accordance with the protocols for their particular results. If the lab tech did follow the protocols, we look at whether the policies themselves fell below the standard of care.
Hiring A Dallas Medical Laboratory Errors Lawyer
Although a lawsuit won’t give your health or make up for the loss of a loved one, bringing a case against negligent medical labs and standing up for yourself holds medical providers accountable and helps protect future patients.
Most people don’t realize they’ve been victims of medical lab errors unless someone involved in their care brings the mistake to their attention. But, if you suspect your doctor or technician made a mistake, if you were seriously injured, or if a loved one died as a result of a medical lab error, please call us.
Medical negligence can be difficult to prove, and we don’t recommend trying to do so on your own. But, if we take you on as a client, we will bring our resources and expert network to your case, and we will find out if you’re the victim of a laboratory mistake. We know that medical negligence devastates patients and families, and we’re here to help you achieve justice.
Contact us below to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Dallas medical lab errors lawyer on the Van Wey, Metzler & Williams team.
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