Roanoke Unnecessary Invasive Tests Attorney
Visiting a healthcare provider should not be an experience in which you must worry about a misdiagnosis. Yet doctors, nurses, and many other types of healthcare providers routinely make mistakes when diagnosing patients. In some of those situations, a patient might have particular symptoms that are not actually indicative of a serious condition, yet the healthcare provider can make a significant error in ordering unnecessary invasive tests. When unnecessary invasive tests cost a patient a substantial amount of money and result in physical harm, it may be possible to file a misdiagnosis claim. One of our experienced Roanoke unnecessary invasive test attorneys can assess your situation for you today and can speak with you about your options for filing a claim.
Learning About Unnecessary Invasive Tests in Roanoke
Unnecessary invasive tests can result in significant financial costs and physical burdens. Many invasive tests cause patients substantial pain, and some types of invasive testing can result in infections and other problems that require follow-up treatment or care at additional cost and time to the patient. Generally speaking, invasive tests are those that require a healthcare provider to enter into a body part or to break the skin in some capacity in order to examine the body part or to perform a biopsy. The following are some facts and figures about unnecessary tests and procedures from ProPublica:
- Every year, more than 600,000 patients have a treatment that they do not actually require, which leads to approximately $282 million in unnecessary medical costs;
- Approximately 75 percent of women have cervical cancer screenings that are unnecessary based on current guidance and recommendations;
- About one-third of all medical costs for tests involves unnecessary care or procedures;
- Around 85 percent of tests conducted on healthy patients prior to surgical procedures are unnecessary, resulting in approximately $86 million every year; and
- Annual heart tests are performed each year on low-risk patients who do not need these procedures, resulting in about $40 million.
Types of Invasive Tests and Procedures in Roanoke, VA That May Be Unnecessary
Some types of tests and diagnostic procedures are more invasive than others. Examples of potentially unnecessary invasive tests and procedures include but are not limited to the following:
- Exploratory surgery of any type;
- Cardiac catheterization, in which a surgeon inserts a catheter into part of the patient’s heart to evaluate the patient’s heart health;
- Taking blood samples;
- Conducting biopsies on any part of the body;
- Colonoscopies; and
- Any other testing procedure that breaks the skin
You should ask any questions and raise any concerns before your healthcare provider performs any type of invasive testing procedure. Seeking a second opinion may be able to help you make an informed decision before you undergo an invasive testing procedure that ultimately may be unnecessary.
Contact a Roanoke Misdiagnosis Lawyer Today
If you were misdiagnosed by a healthcare provider and underwent one or more unnecessary invasive tests as a result of the misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation. One of our experienced Roanoke misdiagnosis attorneys can speak with you today about your case and can determine your eligibility for moving forward with a lawsuit against one or more healthcare providers. Contact MichieHamlett to get started on your claim.