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Radiology & X-ray Misdiagnosis Claims
Errors made interpreting X-rays and scans can result in damaging misdiagnoses that can jeopardise a person’s health and wellbeing. If you have been affected by this type of clinical negligence or malpractice, the specialist solicitors at JMW are here to help you claim compensation.
We are renowned throughout the UK for our experience of suing the NHS on behalf of clients and will give you the best possible chance of a positive outcome. No matter the circumstances of your case, we are able to provide a free initial assessment of your claim and advise you on your next steps. We also provide no win, no fee legal representation.
To find out more about how we can help you make a radiology & X-ray misdiagnosis claim, get in touch with us by calling on 0345 872 6666, or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
How JMW Can Help
The clinical negligence team at JMW is one of the most experienced and respected in the UK. We are able to deal with appropriate cases on a no win, no fee basis, and will always strive to provide you with caring, compassionate support through every stage of what can often be seen as a stressful and complex legal process.
Members of our team are on the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence, as well as the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel. Being recommended by such prestigious organisations means you can be sure we will give you the best possible chance of recovering the maximum amount of compensation available.
How to Make a Claim for Radiology & X-ray Misdiagnosis
If you think you may have been misdiagnosed due to avoidable errors and medical malpractice on the part of radiology and X-ray departments, our experienced solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation by suing the NHS or a private practitioner on your behalf. A successful compensation claim can help you to cover the costs of any additional treatments you require as a result of the initial error, as well as ensuring those responsible are held accountable.
By providing details of your case to JMW’s clinical negligence team, we will be able to investigate the circumstances surrounding your misdiagnosis. This will include looking at medical reports and speaking to independent medical experts to gather evidence that demonstrates that the error was a result of negligence.
We will compile the strongest possible case to help settle the claim quickly, in order to help you move on with your life and your recovery. Where appropriate, we will also investigate the possibility of obtaining interim payments to help pay for any immediate care you may require.
How do radiology and X-ray errors occur?
In addition to X-rays, this area of medicine encompasses a wide range of imaging methods, including ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), available in most large hospitals around the UK.
Many patients expect X-rays and scans to be 100% accurate, but where human judgement and skill is required there is always a risk of errors or misdiagnoses. The increasing complexity of the technology involved has made the job of a radiologist more challenging, especially with regard to the duty of interpreting the images and making a diagnosis to refer to a surgical colleague or another doctor.
Unfortunately, this can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening errors of judgement.
What are the most common radiology and X-ray errors?
The most common errors generally fall into one of the following categories:
- Technical errors, involving a mistake made during the scanning process or a failure of the equipment itself. These risks increase when the hospital is experiencing staff shortages or budget cuts
- Errors of oversight, in which radiologists or other doctors fail to spot any abnormal or potentially concerning symptoms on a scan, resulting in the correct diagnosis being missed or delayed
- Errors of interpretation, in which doctors spot an abnormality but come to the wrong conclusion about its meaning. This can result in the true cause of the problem going untreated, or inappropriate therapies being mistakenly prescribed
- Communication or administrative issues, in which important findings from a scan are not properly reported and communicated to patients or other members of the medical team
These issues are particularly relevant in oncology cases, where a delay in identifying a potentially cancerous mass may lead to the spread of the disease.
Radiologists have a responsibility to communicate clearly and efficiently to medical colleagues and the patient, both in writing and in person, should any abnormality be found. If there is any likelihood of the condition being life-threatening, swift action is essential. When this fails to happen patients can make a medical negligence claim.