A Huntington, West Virginia couple have filed a West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit against a radiologist and the radiology practice that employed him, alleging that the radiologist missed a brain tumor on a brain scan that he read that led to the untreated brain cancer growing until it could not be completely removed by surgeons after it was finally diagnosed.
The West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed on May 2, 2016 alleges that the woman had CT and CTA scans of her brain that were performed on December 8, 2010 that were read (interpreted) by the defendant radiologist as not showing any significant abnormalities.
The woman had a subsequent CT scan performed on May 24, 2015 that was read by another radiologist employed by the same defendant radiology practice as showing a brain tumor. The old scans from December 2010 were then reviewed and then interpreted as showing an astrocytoma (an astocytoma tumor begins in brain cells that are star-shaped that are called astrocytes, which is a type of glial cell).
The plaintiffs’ West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the woman underwent surgery to remove her brain tumor but that the negligent delay in diagnosing her brain cancer resulted in the cancer spreading to the motor centers of her brain and that surgery to remove the entire tumor would risk the woman suffering paralysis and permanent injury. As a result of the delay in diagnosis of the woman’s brain cancer, the plaintiffs allege in their West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit that the woman’s life expectancy has been reduced, that the woman has sustained permanent and substantial irreversible brain damage, that they have incurred additional medical expenses, and that they have suffered loss of income, pain, suffering, annoyance, inconvenience, and aggravation, for which they seek compensatory damages from the defendant radiologist and the defendant radiology practice.
The results of a recent survey of almost 4,000 physicians regarding whether and why they were sued for medical malpractice found that radiologists were less likely to be sued than other medical specialists, finding that 72% of the radiologists who responded to the survey had been sued for medical malpractice (by age 54, 84% of the respondent radiologists had been sued for medical malpractice at least once, 90% of the respondent radiologists between ages 60 and 64 had been sued for radiology malpractice at least once, and all of the respondent radiologists 70 and over had been sued for radiology malpractice). Of the radiologists who reported having been named as a defendant in a medical malpractice claim, 67% of the claims involved the failure to diagnose, 15% were sued for an abnormal injury, and 6% for the failure to test.
If you or a family member may have suffered serious injury (or worse) due to a radiologist misreading a CT scan, an MRI, an x-ray, or another radiology test in West Virginia or elsewhere in the United States, you should promptly find a medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your radiology malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice claim against a radiologist, if appropriate.
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