Medical liability in radiology: who is liable when and why?

Wherever people work, there will be mistakes – even in the medical field. If patients are harmed in the process, medical liability applies under certain conditions. Radiology finds itself in a special position here: Although its field of activity is mostly limited to diagnostics, errors can nevertheless have serious medical and legal consequences – for example, if a medically necessary treatment is omitted or delayed due to a diagnostic error. This article clarifies where the main sources of errors in radiology lie, what exactly happens when allegations are made, and how radiology practices can protect themselves from claims for compensation.