Laboratory Technology Expert Witnesses
Insight on cases involving laboratory testing and malpractice
As a medical specialty, “laboratory technology” refers to the field of medical laboratory science or clinical laboratory science, which focuses on the analysis of medical laboratory samples such as blood, urine, tissue, and other body fluids to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It involves using sophisticated laboratory equipment and techniques to perform tests and analyze results.
Laboratory technologists and technicians are the professionals responsible for performing a wide range of laboratory tests, interpreting results, and communicating with other healthcare professionals to provide accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment for patients. Laboratory technologists may focus on a subspecialty such as:
- Clinical chemistry
- Molecular biology
Laboratory technologists in the United States may be certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The role of laboratory technology in medical malpractice cases
Laboratory technology plays a critical role in medical malpractice cases that hinge on misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis due to errors with laboratory test results. When laboratory tests are not performed accurately, results can be misinterpreted, leading to incorrect treatment decisions, unnecessary procedures, or even harm to the patient. Malpractice may involve samples being mishandled and contaminated, tests being performed incorrectly, or results being improperly communicated to the patient or their physician.
As an expert witness, a laboratory technologist can testify regarding the protocols and standards of care that apply to laboratory testing and offer a professional opinion on whether the standard of care was met. Laboratory technologists can also analyze documentation and explain the potential implications of testing errors.
Find the laboratory technology expert witness you need
Legal cases involving laboratory testing can be highly complex and contested matters. Finding the right expert in laboratory technology can make all the difference. If you are considering a malpractice or injury case involving mishandling test samples or misinterpreting test results, contact us today for a free case summary review.