A correct and timely diagnosis often depends on the accurate and timely interpretation of radiology reports. Unfortunately, radiology errors are a reality that can put patients’ lives at risk. If you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to a radiology error, we can help. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, our Baltimore radiology malpractice lawyers can investigate all of the aspects of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. Our firm is committed to getting our clients all of the compensation to which they are entitled for their harm.Radiology Errors Have Significant Consequences
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has found that radiology is a specialty that has a relatively high rate of malpractice claims. Data from the NIH reveal that failures to diagnose account for approximately 40 to 54 percent of radiology-related medical malpractice cases. Radiologists today have a variety of technologies at their disposal to help diagnose a variety of health issues, ranging from broken bones to cancer and many other serious issues. Radiology errors can seriously harm patients. Some common examples of radiology errors include:
- Misread x-rays, or misread CT or CAT scans;
- Too much radiation;
- A delayed x-ray diagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer;
- Reading the wrong patient’s radiology results;
- Communication errors between radiologists and other health care providers; or
- Diagnostic specialist errors.
If a radiology error has harmed you, you may be able to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Under Maryland law, a medical malpractice claim against a radiologist requires a radiology malpractice attorney in Baltimore to show that the patient was injured due to a radiologist’s failure to meet the appropriate standard of care. The standard of care denotes the level of care that another radiologist would have used in the same or similar circumstances. For instance, a radiologist will likely be considered negligent if they miss a cancer diagnosis that a competent radiologist looking at the same report would have found.
Radiology mistakes can lead to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a condition, which can lead to serious medical conditions, complications, and unnecessary treatment, or even surgery in some cases. These consequences can be extremely costly and burdensome to the patient. Maryland, like most states, allows victims of medical malpractice to recover damages. Plaintiffs can recover economic damages, which are designed to compensate an injured patient for out-of-pocket expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and more. Plaintiffs can also recover non-economic damages, which are intangible losses such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and scarring and disfigurement. Each case is different, and the exact amount of compensation that a Baltimore radiology malpractice attorney will be able to obtain for a client will depend on the specifics of that case.
Like a number of states, Maryland has passed a law that places a limit or “cap” on the amount of non-economic damages that a plaintiff can recover in a medical malpractice claim. The cap changes each year, so it is wise to consult with a lawyer who can advise you about the current cap. There is no such cap for economic damages in any malpractice claim arising from the same medical injury, irrespective of how many defendants or beneficiaries there are. Even though this cap may limit a person’s non-economic damages, you can be sure that our attorneys are committed to fighting for your right to the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.Contact a Knowledgeable Radiology Malpractice Lawyer in Baltimore
If a radiology error has harmed you or someone close to you, it is important to reach out to a seasoned medical malpractice attorney who can protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we can review your case to see if you have a viable claim. We understand the nuances of health care law in Maryland and can put our knowledge to use in your case. We proudly serve people in Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Woodlawn, Dundalk, Essex, Randallstown, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Laurel, Silver Springs, and other areas of Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties. To discuss your options, call us toll-free at 800-810-6780 or contact us online. We also represent people who need a nursing home negligence lawyer to help them bring a claim for malpractice in that context.