Located in Hampstead, MD, Everest Medical Laboratory’s staff of phlebotomists provides patients with rapid access to blood testing and venipuncture services. If you or one of your loved ones suffered from an injury, misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis because Everest Medical Laboratory lost your blood sample or made an error on your bloodwork, you and your loved ones may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, earnings you lost, and other expenses.
The clinical malpractice attorneys of Whitney, LLP have years of experience representing victims of lab test errors in Maryland, and our dedicated legal team is available around the clock to support and guide your family in the fight for compensation. Don’t worry about having too many questions, or not knowing where to begin: that’s precisely what our knowledgeable attorneys are here to help you with. Whenever you’re ready, we’ll be here to listen and help you understand your options. Call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 for a free and confidential legal consultation today.
Common Diagnostic Errors in Medical Laboratories and Blood Tests
Unfortunately, even reputable labs with cutting-edge medical technologies have the potential to make devastating errors when preparing for, performing, or interpreting the results of bloodwork. While studies have shown that most of these errors occur when samples are being assembled and transported, careless mistakes can take place during any stage of the process. If a single number is misread, or a single sample misplaced, the patient could receive a false positive result, a false negative result, be diagnosed with the wrong disease, or not be diagnosed at all.
Our firm has successfully handled complex malpractice cases involving many different types of clinical laboratory errors. Some common examples of mistakes made by medical labs include:
- Mixing up the results of two patients’ tests.
- Failing to store samples in the right environmental conditions.
- Rough handling of fragile samples.
- Misinterpreting the results of a test.
- Incorrectly marking down the wrong information on a patient’s file.
- Losing or misplacing samples or patient information.
- Delays in notifying the patient or doctor of the results of the test.
- Notifying the wrong patient or doctor about test results.
- Shipping or storing samples in the wrong types of containers.
- Using testing equipment improperly.
- Performing outdated tests when more accurate alternatives are available.
- Performing the wrong type of test.
- Performing a test on the wrong sample.
- Allowing samples to become tainted or contaminated.
Representing Victims of Clinical Malpractice in MD
When injury victims come to us for help, one of the first things they want to know is whether or not they have a case. While this is a complex question whose answer depends on a variety of factors, there are some basic elements which are common to every successful clinical malpractice lawsuit. As the party initiating the lawsuit, or the plaintiff, you must be able to prove four key points in order to get compensated.
The first point, called the duty of care, simply means that Everest Medical Laboratory had a legal responsibility to provide you with adequate medical care, and to avoid causing you any foreseeable or preventable harm. All providers of medical services, including clinical laboratories and lab technicians, have a duty of care toward the patients they serve.
The second point is that the duty of care was breached, or broken. There are countless ways for a clinical laboratory to breach its duty of care, but in many cases, the breach involves a mix-up, a lost sample, or test results being misinterpreted.
The third point is that Everest Medical Laboratory’s actions, or failure to act, were the cause of the mistake or error. For example, a negligent phlebotomist may have performed the wrong type of test on you, or misplaced important paperwork after your test results came in.
The fourth and final point is that you were somehow harmed by the mistake. The harm might have been financial, physical, or, in many cases, both.
As your attorneys, we will take every possible measure to prove that all four of these elements are present in your case. When a plaintiff is successful, compensation can take the form of a verdict, which is a sum awarded by a jury, or a settlement, which is a sum negotiated between the plaintiff and defendant prior to trial. Compensation varies on a case-by-case basis, but takes into account both current and future expenses, including medical costs, pain and suffering, and income lost because of time missed from work.
Let the experienced diagnostic error attorneys of Whitney, LLP help ease your burden during this difficult time. We will handle all of the legal work on your behalf, so that you can focus on simply spending time with your loved ones and getting the care you need. To set up your free legal consultation, call our law offices at (410) 583-8000.