Communicating diagnostic test results to patients is an important responsibility for health practitioners. Patients are entitled to receive their test results in a timely manner to ensure they are aware of any health diagnoses. The consequences of failure to communicate test results can be very serious; especially when appropriate treatment is delayed as a result of a failure to disclose vital health diagnoses.
Medical malpractice lawyers represent clients who have been harmed by a negligent failure to communicate test results in a timely manner. Patients who never receive information about their test results, may miss out on critical time that could have been used to begin treatment before the disease progressed. Often, delayed treatment means more expensive and more invasive treatment. In some cases, a patient may even lose their life because of the delay.
In 2011, the Washington Medical Commission issued a guideline on the “Transmission of Time Critical Medical Information” that discusses a practitioners’ obligation to communicate important diagnostic test results to their patients.
All medical practitioners should have an effective system that will make it possible to communicate test results and provide appropriate follow-up in a timely and reliable manner. In order to meet this standard, the system should have a list of processes in place:
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a failure to communicate test results, seek the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can assess your case and discuss your legal rights.
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