Practice of Medicine

Claims Lesson

Wrongful Death Suit Alleges Abnormal X-Ray Results Never Reported

November 26, 2013

The Case

This case stems from the decision to fax a copy of the radiology report indicating a potential lung mass, to the patient’s primary care physician's office instead of to the surgeon who was treating him inside the hospital’s own walls. It illustrates the classic scenario of how incidental, non-critical findings can fall through the cracks when good communication systems are not in place, …

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