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Errors in medical labs could carry dire ramifications

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

There may be various steps involved with diagnosing a medical condition, one of which may pertain to medical laboratory testing. While waiting for the results of lab tests can be stressful enough on its own, patients in Illinois may also have concerns about the accuracy of these tests and where there are factors that may skew the results. Studies indicate that there are several types of errors that can take place in laboratory settings and similar forms of medical negligence could pose a significant threat to the health of a patient.  

Types of errors 

When it comes to medical laboratory testing, experts indicate that one of the most common concerns may stem from errors in testing procedures. Should lab technicians fail to adhere to the proper testing procedures, the results of a test might not prove accurate, and reaching a correct diagnosis with skewed test results could prove challenging. There may also be certain environmental factors that could affect lab test results and mitigating the risks of such issues may be integral to preventing a potential disaster. 

While lab testing machines may also prove an integral component of the testing process. However, if technicians do not understand how to properly use or calibrate lab machines or should these machines prove faulty, the results of tests may prove inaccurate. Experts also highlight the risks of human error, and factors that could increase the risks of such issues could range anywhere from the presence of fatigue to a lack of proper training. 

Medical negligence 

While lab errors may often be preventable in nature, similar types of medical negligence continue to affect the lives of many patients. Individuals who suffer severe or life-altering injuries under similar situations may have questions about their available options for legal recourse and they might consider consulting with an attorney for advice in the process. An attorney can help a client in Illinois understand what to expect from the process and assist in creating a strategy with which to pursue the restitution deserved through a medical malpractice claim. 


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