Misread X-Rays / Slides / Ultrasounds

Hi, I am Attorney Dan Nelwin, Former Police Detective. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, I understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois, Chicago and the Suburbs recover everything they are entitled to under the law for injuries resulting from a medical doctor’s negligence. The key to successfully fighting any medical condition is early detection, an accurate diagnosis and the correct treatment. Unfortunately, your treating physician and the radiologist reading the test results don’t always get it right. I and my team of experienced attorneys have recovered over 200 million dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

In the last 30 years, medical technology has dramatically changed the way doctors diagnose illnesses. Although plain x-rays are still used, CT scans and MRI’s have allowed non-invasive diagnosis of a variety of diseases. Radiologists are doctors who read these diagnostic films and report their findings to your treating physicians. Patients almost never see the radiologist who reads their films but the radiologist is a very important part of the treatment team. Sometimes the doctor who orders a diagnostic film will read it himself or herself. Accurate reading of diagnostic films is essential because it forms the basis for your entire treatment plan.

When your doctor orders medical diagnostic testing, you expect to receive a diagnosis of any health problems that you may have. The results from those tests are for the purpose of guiding your doctor’s treatment decisions and to make sure you receive the necessary care for your current condition. Unfortunately, things do go wrong and people make mistakes. When a mistake happens, your condition doesn’t properly get treated and you will experience a worsening of your medical condition. In some cases, this mistake will lead to the worsening of the medical condition and you will need more complicated, dangerous or expensive treatment as a result. In the most tragic cases, like for example when a mammogram is misread, a person may die as a result of injuries or an illness that otherwise may have been treated or preventable. If you or a loved one has been harmed in any way as a result of misread X-rays, ultrasounds, mammograms, CT scans, MRIs and other tests, it is important that you take legal action right away. I and my team of medical malpractice attorneys will fight for you and assist you in recovering the thousands of dollars you or your family may be entitled to under the law for the injuries you have suffered.

Radiological procedures help physicians get a better look at what is happening inside a patient’s body. These procedures reveal conditions such as tumors, cancer, broken bones and internal bleeding. In order for procedures such as x–rays, MRIs, mammograms and ultrasounds to save peoples’ lives, they must be read properly to deliver a correct diagnosis that will lead to proper treatment.

In many instances of medical malpractice, a victim suffers injury because of mistakes involving misread x–rays, slides, and ultrasounds. When a condition goes unnoticed or untreated, further complications or even death may occur. Some of the most common errors in radiology testing include:

  • Misread x–rays
  • Misread mammograms
  • Misread CT or CAT scans
  • Misread MRIs
  • Misread Ultrasounds
  • PET-Scans
  • Allergy tests
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Bone scans
  • Biopsies to determine if there is a malignant tumor or cancer cells in the body
  • Amniocentesis to detect fetal abnormalities
  • Ultrasounds
  • Blood tests
  • Cancer screenings for cervical cancer, prostate cancer or other common cancers
  • STD testing, including testing for HIV/AIDs
  • Fertility testing

These errors can set in motion a treatment plan that is harmful to the patient, or that can delay proper treatment and sometimes even result in death. These tests are used for a wide variety of reasons. The tests can tell whether you have broken bones, organ damage, internal injuries, brain injuries, cancer, osteoporosis or life-threatening illnesses such as HIV. The tests can tell you whether your baby is going to be born with a serious or fatal condition, whether you can get pregnant at all, whether you are allergic to anything that could cause a fatal reaction or whether your cholesterol or high blood pressure are putting you at risk of a heart attack. When a mistake is made on any of these tests, the consequences can be far-reaching. Your health and well-being can be seriously adversely impacted as a result. If you have believe you have been the victim of a misread diagnostic test call me today at 312-888-8000 for a free consultation.

Doctors and radiologist may make many different types of mistakes in reading these ultrasounds and X-rays. They may fail to see what should have been seen in the test results, there staff may simply loose the results, and there also may be situations where a doctor never follows up with a lab to see what became of the results. In any situation when a mistake is made, the key will be to determine who made the error, and whether the mistake was one that a reasonable provider would have made.

When a patient seeks our help concerning a case of radiology medical malpractice, misread diagnostic films, or failure to order the proper radiological testing, the first step is to get copies of all of the films and have them reviewed by a consulting radiologist. We also consult with a doctor from the treating physician’s area of specialization, so that we can better understand the impact of the medical error on the patient’s outcome.

My team includes a board-certified physician and a professional registered nurse who can assist in reviewing your case and help you to understand the full medical scope of your claim. My firm conducts exhaustive investigations, and I retain the most qualified experts to bring a comprehensive level of expertise to surpass that on the other side. For example, when a doctor fails to diagnose breast cancer or misreads a mammogram, I seek out and retain a practicing breast cancer specialist to determine the full circumstances of the misdiagnosis and in the event of a misread mammogram, we will find an expert radiologist to examine the films.

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury or death because of a radiological error in Northern Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs, call me now at 312-888-8000 and I or one of my attorneys will be happy to meet with you to answer all of your questions.


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