When you go to the hospital or visit your primary care physician, you expect that you will be given the attention and care you deserve. One of the main responsibilities of those in the health care industry is to provide prompt, thorough and attentive service to each of their patients.
These efforts are complicated by the fact that many hospitals lack adequate staff and choose to allow ill-equipped or poorly trained nurses to perform tasks that are outside of their qualifications. This is hospital malpractice; following up on test results should always occur.
This decision is based solely on greed. The truth is, as long as there is illness and pain in the world, hospitals will never hurt for money. They are designed to be one of the most profitable businesses in the world.
Unfortunately, an immediate and consistent result of this desire to turn a profit is directly reflected on patient health. By allowing fewer nurses to take on more tasks, important steps in the health care process are being missed, including the very important task of following up on test results. A test is ordered by a doctor and, due to under-staffing, a shift change or just general negligence, no one will ever see these results and examine them. If the tests show something serious that needs immediate treatment, the neglected patient goes home, untreated, and this could lead to worsening conditions and even death.
Patient Test Result Errors Are Unacceptable
There are a multitude of systems in place that describe how to prevent this mistake. At Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, our attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicagoland, Illinois, area in all types of medical negligence claims, including litigation arising from errors in test result follow-ups. We work diligently on each individual case, representing our clients with the aggressive, legal experience they deserve while offering a unique blend of compassion and care. On a larger scale, we work to impact the hospitals that commit these process errors with the hopes that we can help reduce the number of people who fall victim to this negligence.
Contact the Experienced Attorneys at Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP
If the examination of your test results fell to the wayside and led to patient test result errors, contact us. Our lawyers are dedicated to obtaining the best possible compensation for you and your loved ones. We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees. Call (312) 346-8700.