A critical part of a successful medical outcome is swift, safe, and accurate laboratory testing and reporting. Safe testing and precise reporting can provide healthcare providers with crucial information regarding diagnosis and treatment. When a patient suffers injuries because of unsafe laboratory equipment or another Texas medical error, they may be able to hold the laboratory, hospital, or device manufacturer liable for their damages.
Medical malpractice and negligence lawsuits based on Texas laboratory errors often arise after a doctor fails to order the appropriate test, a laboratory uses unsafe practices or defective equipment when collecting lab samples, a clinician improperly records the results, or a physician incorrectly reads a report.
In addition to medical malpractice claims, Texas patients may file a negligence claim based on products liability if they suffered injuries because of a defective medical device or laboratory equipment. Medical devices are instruments, machines, and apparatuses that are used to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Some common medical devices and laboratory equipment are, catheters, intrauterine devices, artificial joints, syringes, centrifuges, and testing tubes. Injuries may arise when a device is ineffectively sterilized, improperly inserted or implanted, inadequately monitored, or is otherwise defective. These errors can have long-lasting and potentially fatal consequences for Texas patients.