When dealing with diseases such as cancer, an early diagnosis is critical to the survival of the patient. Despite significant advancements in medical technology, failure to diagnose illnesses still occurs at an alarming rate. Oregon citizens have access to state-of-the-art medical care, but this does not prevent doctors from making crucial mistakes. Failing to properly diagnose a patient can delay life-saving treatment. A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit, alleging that negligence and a delay in treatment led to her husband's death.
According to the lawsuit, the husband of the plaintiff was a patient of a urologist for a period of three years. The plaintiff claims that her husband complained of symptoms of bladder frequency and a urinalysis test showed blood in his urine. Allegedly, another urinalysis was performed on the patient a few weeks later and again blood was found in his urine. The woman claims that despite repeated complaints and repeated test results showing blood in the patient's urine, no further testing or evaluations were performed.
The lawsuit says the man sought treatment at a different medical facility a few weeks later and was diagnosed with advanced stage bladder cancer. By that time, the man's cancer was so advanced that chemotherapy and other treatments were ineffective and he eventually died. The plaintiff claims that the defendants were negligent by failing to order additional testing for the patient's persistent symptoms which led to a delay in his diagnosis and his eventual death.
Although Oregon citizens have access to some of the best medical care in the country, mistakes still happen. Victims and family members can take legal action when negligence and/or a failure to diagnose results in death or injury. A successful lawsuit could provide victims and families much needed financial relief to help them through this difficult and traumatic experience.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman sues physician for husband's death", Kyla Asbury, July 11, 2017