A common source of medical malpractice is a laboratory’s mixup of specimens from two different patients. (In fairness, sometimes the problem was caused by the health care provider mislabeling the specimen delivered to the lab.) When this happens, a single error can cause terrible harm to two separate patients:
- One gets diagnosed with a condition or disease that they didn’t have, and may have surgery or some other serious treatment that they didn’t need.
- The other fails to get needed treatment and suffers as a result.
Practical check and double-check standards are supposed to prevent these mistakes from ever occurring. And sometimes even when they happen, no one gets hurt, because neither patient’s specimen contained a clue of a serious disease. But when a patient gets serious overtreatment or undertreatment from a laboratory error, a medical malpractice investigation is warranted.
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