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Failure to diagnose remains a common concern in radiology

Upon visiting a medical facility for treatment, patients in Illinois and elsewhere rely on doctors to be capable of identifying and treating their conditions. Failure to diagnose a condition promptly and accurately can be harmful to patients in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, a similar outcome remains a major concern, and in certain fields, an error in diagnosis can have dire consequences to a person's health.

Recent studies indicate that errors in diagnosis are far too common in the field of radiology. According to studies, radiologists play a vital role in diagnosing a variety of serious health concerns and that nearly 15 percent of medical malpractice claims involving diagnostic errors involve radiologists. In addition, studies suggest that nearly 80 percent of diagnostic errors in this field result in serious or fatal injuries.

When diagnosing major illnesses such as cancer, any errors in identifying a condition can result in a path of care that may do little to treat the condition. With serious health concerns in which the well-being of the patient is on the line, experts suggest that steps must be taken to reduce the chances of diagnostic errors. Studies indicate that implementing new quality improvement methods could be essential to preventing potentially devastating errors and safeguarding the health of patients.

No person should have to suffer serious harm or lose a loved one due to a doctor's failure to diagnose a condition. Those who encounter loss due to the negligence of a medical professional could choose to speak with an attorney for advice on the available legal avenues. An attorney in Illinois can evaluate the circumstances a client is facing and assist him or her in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a medical malpractice claim.

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