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Radiology Malpractice in Utah: Was Your Radiologist Negligent?

Studies such as x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can provide vital information regarding a patient’s condition, but only if the correct study is performed and only if it is interpreted accurately.  Occasionally, a critical study will be misread by a radiologist.

Research suggests there are several common types of radiology malpractice committed in Utah and around the country. (See The Causes of Medical Malpractice Suits against Radiologists in the United States, Jeremy Whang, M.D., Radiology, February 2013)   These include:

  •  Errors in diagnoses.  For example, failing to identify and comment on abnormal growths, tumors or other problems in the breasts, lungs, or other organs.  Another example would be failure to correctly identify a bone fracture.
  • Errors of communication with other physicians.  Sometimes the radiologist may correctly interpret the study, but fail to pass his or her findings on the the proper ordering physician.
  • Failing to recommend additional imaging studies.  Often findings in one study suggest the need for additional studies.  Sometimes the quality of a study is too poor to provide useful information.  In these situations and others, a radiologist may need to recommend additional studies or tests.

As a Utah medical malpractice attorney handling cases against radiologists on behalf of injured patients, I have seen these types of errors in various cases.  Of course not every radiological mistake causes harm to a patient.  However, when cancer goes misdiagnosed, a brain bleed is missed, a fracture is missed, or some other critical finding leads to serious injury, the patient may have a valid lawsuit against the radiologist.

The only way to determine if a valid claim for radiology malpractice in Utah exists is to have it reviewed by a qualified Utah medical malpractice attorney.  In addition, a qualified medical expert radiologist would generally be required to win a case.

If you suspect you or a loved one are a victim of radiology medical malpractice in Utah, please feel free to contact me, attorney Jared Faerber at (801) 943-1005 for a free, no obligation consultation about your situation.

Utah Lawyer: Top 5 Signs of Medical Malpractice

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You suspect you may have been injured by medical malpractice, but how can you know?  Medicine is complicated and requires years of training and experience to truly understand.  Doctors and nurses are dedicated professionals.  However, even the most careful person can make a mistake.  When those mistakes occur in a medical setting, serious injury or death can result.

As a Utah medical malpractice lawyer, I have noticed certain patterns, or signs, of possible medical malpractice.  These things certainly don’t prove malpractice, but they may indicate the need to explore, usually with an experienced attorney, the possibility of medical malpractice.  Here is the list:

1.   Delayed Diagnosis.  

Was your cancer, heart attack, infection, or other disease not discovered until it was too late to receive effective treatment?  Were your symptoms ignored or attributed to another, less dangerous, disease?  Did the health care provider procrastinate needed tests and procedures without adequate justification?  These types of things may indicate malpractice.

2.  Your Doctor Failed to Order a Common Test or Additional Tests

Some diseases and disorders are treated with a standard series of tests.  Failure to perform these tests may be malpractice and may result in misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.  Sometimes a very simple test can reveal a disease and allow early treatment and even a cure.

3.  You Received the Wrong Medication or the Wrong Dosage

Medication errors are quite common in the health care setting.  Errors can occur by the prescribing physician, at the pharmacy, or at administration in the hospital.  Many medications have similar sounding names and are easy to confuse.  Minor changes can result in massive overdoses with devastating consequences.

4.  Your Condition Does Not Improve

This is probably one of the weaker signs of malpractice on this list because often people fail to get better even in the absence of malpractice.  However, sometimes patients fail to improve because they were misdiagnosed and are receiving the wrong kind of treatment.  The wrong treatment or medication will not only fail to improve your condition, it may also make it worse.

5.   Severe Bed Sores or Pressure Ulcers

Bed sores, also called pressure ulcers or pressure sores, can develop in a hospital or nursing home setting due to prolonged pressure on the skin.  Stage III and Stage IV ulcers can even expose muscle and bone and can become infected.  They are usually preventable with proper care, including positioning and movement.

Of course this list is not comprehensive.  There are numerous other signs and types of medical malpractice.  The only way to know if you have a valid Utah medical malpractice lawsuit is to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.  I’ll be happy to talk to you for free about your concerns at The Faerber Law Firm, P.C.  at (801) 943-1005.

 

Utah Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Victims of Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

A leading cause of death in the United States is coronary artery disease, or a narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart.  This condition often results in a heart attack.  In some cases, a heart attack kills almost instantly and nothing could be done to save the victim.

However, in other cases, appropriate and timely diagnoses can make the difference between life and death.  Some heart attack victims who get proper treatment immediately may have the opportunity to avoid serious heart damage and resume normal life.

Too often, medical mistakes in Utah deprive heart attack victims of this opportunity.  Why is this?  Here are some common reasons why heart attacks are misdiagnosed:

  • Heartburn–  Chest pain is a common and indicative sign of a heart attack.  Doctors sometimes misdiagnose patients with a gastrointestinal problem and send the patient home, when, in fact, they are suffering a heart attack.
  • Patients don’t fit the heart attack profile-  Heart attacks can be misdiagnosed in patients who don’t fit the profile of the “typical” male over the age of 45.  Women and younger men can, of course, also suffer from heart attacks.  Sometimes the symptoms are slightly different.  However, a doctor’s failure to perform a thorough exam, order necessary tests, and consult cardiac specialists may lead to a heart attack misdiagnoses.
  • Mild Symptoms– Heart attack symptoms vary greatly from one person to another.  One person may or may not experience all of the typical symptoms.  A physician may dismiss a patients symptoms such as nausea and fatigue as not serious.
  • Undiagnosed in the Emergency Room- Sometimes a heart attack may go undiagnosed in the emergency room, particularly if the patient is a woman or younger man.  EKG’s may even be normal.  A heart attack may be misdiagnosed as GERD, musculoskeletal pain, or a respiratory problem.

If you believe a loved one’s death or serious injury was the result of medical malpractice in Utah due to the failure to properly diagnose a heart attack, please contact Utah Attorney Jared Faerber at The Faerber Law Firm at (801) 943-1005.  We have helped numerous victims of medical malpractice in Salt Lake City and throughout the State of Utah.  We are happy to discuss your potential case with you for free.