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Family says failure to diagnose caused man's death

Far too many people here in Oregon and elsewhere know what it is like when a doctor fails to make the right diagnosis and, subsequently, the right treatment. In some cases, the correct diagnosis if finally reached with no harm to the patient. However, in other cases, a failure to diagnose has deadly consequences.

Radiologists are sued for failure to diagnose and communicate

Radiologists are responsible for interpreting imaging data and relaying their findings to other doctors. Oregon patients expect for these doctors to correctly read their images and be in contact with their doctors. If there is a failure to diagnose a condition based on the imaging, or if the radiologist fails to maintain communication with other doctors, it could be considered medical malpractice.

The failure to diagnose cancer could be medical malpractice

Detecting many types of cancer in their early stages often increases the chances that a patient will survive. The failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner could ultimately be a death sentence for the patient. The fact that the diagnosis came too late could be construed as medical malpractice by courts here in Oregon and across the country.

Did failure to diagnose cause woman's death?

The loss of a loved one can be devastating to surviving family members. If the death of that family member is believed to have been caused by a failure to diagnose or some other medical mistake, the desire to hold medical professionals here in Oregon or elsewhere responsible for not providing the appropriate level of care to their loved one could be overwhelming. Filing a medical malpractice suit could prove to be cathartic for grieving family members.

Couple sues for failure to diagnose cystic fibrosis in utero

Most Oregon women who are pregnant do not necessarily care as much about whether they have a boy or a girl as long as the baby is healthy. Some mothers have specific concerns when it comes to whether the baby will be born with a genetic condition such as cystic fibrosis. An out-of-state woman claims that a failure to diagnose her child's cystic fibrosis in utero denied her the opportunity to terminate the pregnancy, and now her child will never have a normal life.

A failure to diagnose can have catastrophic consequences

Every organ in the body serves an important function that keeps it operating smoothly. For instance, the kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and separating out the extra fluid and waste. If these organs fail, the consequences to an Oregon resident -- or anyone else for that matter -- can be catastrophic due to the buildup of toxins in the body. When a failure to diagnose problems with these organs occurs, it can be debilitating or even fatal.

Did failure to diagnose eye condition cause permanent injury?

Understandably, losing one's eyesight would be devastating. Most people do what they can to protect their eyes and make sure that they are able to see as well as possible. Doing so goes beyond wearing glasses or contact lenses. Occasionally, an individual can develop an eye condition that threatens his or her sight. If an Oregon eye doctor's failure to diagnose the appropriate condition in a timely manner affects that person's ability to see, it could be considered medical malpractice.

A failure to diagnose might be traced to botched tests

In 1988, Congress passed a law that allows simple and low-risk tests to be done in laboratories without oversight. Oregon residents need to know that this means that anyone can perform these tests without any formal training. A doctor's failure to diagnose a patient's condition might be traced to a botched test that is covered by this law.

Failure to diagnose breast cancer could be fatal

These days, it might be difficult for an Oregon resident to say that he or she does not know someone personally -- or have a friend who knows someone -- who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, this is one type of cancer that has a high survivability rate as long as it is found early and an appropriate course of treatment begins quickly. A failure to diagnose breast cancer within this window could be fatal.

A failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner can be fatal

The word cancer can inspire fear in the bravest of Oregon's residents. Fortunately, with the advent of new technologies and treatments, many cancers can be cured if caught early enough. However, a failure to diagnose cancer in its early stages can be fatal, and it is not the doctor who pays the price -- it is the family members left behind.