When patients in Oregon go for a medical procedure, they place their trust and lives in the hands of doctors and nurses. Unfortunately, medical professionals can make mistakes and betray the trust of patients. Timing is absolutely crucial when it comes to the successful treatment of patients. A failure to diagnose a disease can delay vital treatment and endanger the life of the patient. A woman in another state was recently awarded over $3 million from a lawsuit she filed after doctors allegedly delayed in diagnosing her with breast cancer.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that doctors were negligent in failing to diagnose her cancer in a timely manner. Allegedly, the plaintiff went for multiple mammograms over a two-year period in 2012 and 2013, and doctors concluded that there were no suspicious malignancies. Instead, her doctors only recommended annual checkups, the lawsuit claimed.
However, in late 2013 during a gynecological visit, the plaintiff claimed that a lump was discovered in her armpit. Further testing showed that the plaintiff had stage 3 breast cancer. According to the lawsuit, the delayed diagnosis caused the woman to endure invasive and very painful surgeries that could have been avoided. Jurors sided with the plaintiff and awarded her $3.35 million in damages.
Oregon citizens have access to some of the best health care available in America. However, even the most highly skilled and experienced physicians can miss things and make mistakes. Victims and family members can take legal action when a failure to diagnose results in death or serious injury. A successful lawsuit could provide victims and their families with much-needed financial relief to help them through this difficult time.
Source: theintell.com, "Philly jury awards $3.35 million in Bensalem woman's medical malpractice suit", James O'Malley, Sept. 4, 2017