Somerset County Medical Malpractice Attorneys fighting for the rights of clients across Somerset and Hunterdon Counties
If you’ve had an X-ray, PET, CT, mammogram, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or any other type of scan in recent years, there’s a high likelihood the analysis was outsourced, and no one involved in reading your scan works for your medical caregiver or the facility where you sought medical services.
Any type of radiology mistake can have catastrophic results, wherein patients can be left with severe injuries, permanent complications, or may die as a result of radiology errors. When these traumatic events occur, it is crucial to know your rights and legal options.
At The Law Office of Brian J. Levine, we recognize how significant a prompt and proper diagnosis can be for the most effective treatment and recovery from an injury or a life-threatening illness. For 20 years, our law firm has been assisting clients in Somerville, Bridgewater, New Brunswick, Franklin, Hillsborough and all over both Somerset and Hunterdon Counties with holding hospitals, medical staff and insurance companies accountable. If your doctor has misdiagnosed or mistreated your medical condition during your emergency room procedure, pregnancy or routine checkup, we are here to help you.
The Dangers of Telemedicine for Somerset County Patients
New Jersey Telemedicine law Senate Bill 291 authorizes health care providers to engage in telemedicine and telehealth, and establishes practice standards and requirements. “Telemedicine,” the application of numerous technologies for the electronic transmission of clinical information, has seen a dramatic increase of “teleradiology” or the ability to obtain medical images (to diagnose diseases and medical conditions within the body) in one location and their transmission over a distance so that they can be viewed and interpreted for diagnostic or consultative purposes by a radiologist.
This technology which enables medical professionals to send radiological images with the same ease as an email, has been widely implemented in hospitals, urgent care clinics and specialist facilities that lack adequate onsite professionals trained to analyze images which aid in the process of diagnosis or treatment.
Unfortunately, diagnostic errors are common and even a skilled radiologist can overlook or misinterpret certain abnormalities. A delay or a failure in diagnosis of a serious condition, disease (e.g., cancer) or as a result of a personal injury can spell disaster for an individual, especially if a proper diagnosis could have prevented further complications you have suffered, or even the wrongful death of your loved one.
Outscourcing can mean delays or misdiagnosis in reporting and miscommunication
Teleradiology is a cost cutting strategy used by medical facilities and specialists, and the radiologist receiving the images doesn’t always follow up with each specific patient or the procedures that follow. In addition the method of conveying the appropriate information to the on-site medical professionals can be ineffective and lead to miscommunication and confusion.
Diagnostic Image, lists two main areas that make radiologists prone to medical malpractice, failure to: diagnose and communicate. Often attributed to a lack of training or inexperience and improper documentation (e.g., when conversations occurred and what was discussed), radiologists are expected to follow-up with referring physicians to confirm if the physicians themselves have followed up with patients discussed in previous conversations, and sadly this is often not the case.
Standard of Care: Teleradiology versus Traditional Radiology
According to Jonathan Linkous, recent former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, “the majority of hospitals use teleradiology in one form or another.” A 2016 annual workplace survey concluded that a shortage of general radiologists and the rise in imaging demands due to an increasingly aging population needing diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services, means outsourcing the analysis.
Diagnosis, treatment, and consultation recommendations, including discussions regarding the risk and benefits of the patient’s treatment options, made via teleradiology, are legally required to be the same standard of care as in-person settings. In addition, the teleradiology provider must refer the patient to appropriate follow-up care where necessary, including making appropriate referrals for emergency or complimentary care, if needed.
Misdiagnoses can lead to procedural complications.
If you believe a medical professional failed to properly diagnose or failed to request further testing or treatment by a more qualified specialist which resulted in harm to you or a family member, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Did a radiological misdiagnosis in New Jersey result in injuries?
Common malpractice complaints of missed observer diagnoses or interpretation errors:
- breast cancer
- non-spinal fractures
- spinal fractures
- lung cancer
- vascular diseases often requiring urgent medical care and intervention
Common radiology communication errors:
- inappropriate terminology
- transcription mistakes
- failure to communicate (deficient or inadequately documented communication)
- failure to suggest follow-up
Contact a Somerset County, NJ Delayed Diagnosis Lawyer
Attorney Brian J. Levine is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This is an accolade awarded to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state, and signifies Mr. Levine’s excellence in legal knowledge and trial skills. Practicing exclusively personal injury and medical malpractice, Brian Levine is uniquely suited to helping you recover the compensation you deserve for any injuries sustained as a result of another party’s reckless or negligent actions.
Losing valuable time because of the misdiagnosis or treatment of your disease or medical condition should not be tolerated. At The Law Office of Brian J. Levine, we are fully equipped to stand behind you. Our skilled Somerset County delayed diagnosis attorney will assertively advocate for your rights in order to hold the negligent party responsible and obtain financial compensation.
We understand that no amount of money can replace your time and quality of life that is devalued by a careless doctor, but it may help you move on from this point to a more fulfilling stage of life.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your medical malpractice case today, we invite you to contact us online or through our Somerset County, NJ offices at 908-524-0123. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but our lawyers are available 24/7.