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New York Laboratory Errors

Laboratory tests are a critical part of medical care. Lab tests help doctors diagnose medal conditions, plan treatment, and monitor conditions. Lab tests check the patient’s blood, urine, or body tissues. While lab tests save the lives of countless New Yorkers each year, there also many cases were laboratory errors cause patients to suffer serious injury. A laboratory error is a type of medical malpractice that involves a mistake made by a doctor, dentist or other medical professional in performing diagnostic tests, interpreting test data, or recording or reporting test results. Performing laboratory test takes knowledge and skill. Testing and interpreting test data is complex. It is critical that those involved in testing have the ability to perform and interpret the tests with an eye toward detail and with and understand of the consequences of errors. When laboratory errors do occur, the impact on the patient can be catastrophic. Sometimes a serious illness such as cancer goes undetected, limiting treatment options and possibly altering the prognosis for the patient. In other cases the victim’s illness is extended, causing the victim to experience pain and other types of discomfort longer than necessary. If you were seriously injured due to a laboratory error made by a medical professional, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. However, it is imperative that you immediately contact an experienced New York laboratory errors lawyer to discuss your case.

Types of laboratory errors

Common laboratory errors include:

  • Switched specimens
  • Errors in record keeping
  • Mislabeled samples
  • Tainted samples
  • Incorrect testing procedures
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Laboratory specimen labeling errors
  • Errors in interpreting results
  • Losing results

Each of these errors can lead to the doctor making an inaccurate diagnosis, or order an inappropriate course of treatment. If you believe that there was a problem with a laboratory test and as a result you suffered a serious injury, discuss your case with a New York laboratory errors attorney.

Pursuing compensation

A mistake relating to lab work can mean that your condition is never properly diagnosed, or the diagnosis is delayed. It could mean that you receive no treatment or the wrong treatment. It could also mean that your condition worsens, or that you develop addition medical problems. If you suffered an injury because of faulty labwork, you have the right to file a claim and demand compensation. A review of your medical records by a skilled laboratory errors attorney in New York will help determine who was at fault. In cases of errors related to lab work, fault often lies with the doctor, lab technician, laboratory, or medical facility. The amount and type of compensation that you may be entitled to receive depends on a number of factors. You will be entitled to reimbursement of your past medical expenses as well as payment for your estimated future medical expenses. You will need proof of your medical expenses by showing medical bills and receipts. Expert testimony may be necessary to prove future medical bills. You are also entitled to payment of your lost wages for missed work. Statements from your employer may be necessary to show that you missed work, and to prove the amount of wages that you lost. You may also be entitled to compensation for other types of losses such as pain and suffering.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you believe that you suffered a serious injury due to laboratory errors, it is important that you are represented by a laboratory errors attorney serving New York who will review your records and gather the necessary evidence to establish that your doctor, a laboratory technician, or some other medical professional was negligent. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience winning significant compensation on behalf our injured clients. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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