Medical science has advanced tremendously in the area of diagnostic testing in recent years. Only a few decades ago, advanced tests did not exist that could allow doctors to see inside the human body. Today, x-rays, ultrasounds, image scans, MRIs, and other tests have allowed doctors to detect and diagnose conditions much earlier than in the past.
However, those tests are only as effective as the doctors and other medical professionals who are interpreting the results. Diagnostic tests can help diagnose cancer, allow doctors to monitor pregnancy, diagnose traumatic brain injuries, and more, but only if they are properly performed.
Unfortunately, many of those tests are not properly performed or the results are not communicated to patients. Thousands of people die every year because their doctors failed to correctly read the results of an ultrasound, x-ray, or other test in order to diagnose their condition. If a doctor does not properly diagnose you, you cannot obtain the correct treatment. This can result in catastrophic consequences later.
If your doctor has failed to correctly diagnose your tests, or if those results were not communicated to you, you should speak with an attorney. Your doctor may have committed medical malpractice. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.