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Good evening, I am Dr Ruff, thank you for contacting us today.
I am sorry to hear about your relative. This is indeed a very sad and stressful time. This would all depend on who had requested the initial chest xray as the requester is responsible for following this up. If however it was suggestive of something else and not sinister, then this would not be negligence, as they were investigating for something non sinister and would be using this investigation to exclude an injury.
I would therefore suggest if you want to pursue this, you should instruct a solicitor who will request the notes and reports, and then a doctor would be able to give an independent opinion on whether something was missed due to negligence or if this is just unfortunate. This would then give you an answer.
Close, so if an xray was requested to check for a bone injury for example, the imaging would still be done, but it is far more likely a lung pathology would be missed. If they attended with shortness of breath, the reporting radiologist is likely to miss this as they would briefly check the lung fields, but focus on the question being asked.
Therefore I am saying this seems more a probable cause to miss something which most would have probably done. Negligence is considered when the actions of the person you are challenging, are different to that of the majority of doctors in that situation.
Without seeing the documented notes, what your relative claims and the reports, I cannot say. You would need to seek advice from a medico legal solicitor.
They would then request a formal medical opinion with the notes etc.
Yes, but some solicitors provide a no win no fee depending on if they feel this is appropriate. You would need your family member to make this claim though.
That is my pleasure, all the best and I wish your family member all the best.