Failure to Diagnose a Disease Could be Medical Malpractice in Oregon

Failure to Diagnose a Disease Could be Medical Malpractice in Oregon

Failure to Diagnose a Disease Could be Medical Malpractice in Oregon

Portland Lawyer Explains Victim Rights After a Failure to Diagnose in Oregon


One of the more common types of medical malpractice in Oregon is also one of the hardest to realize that it occurred.  It is also one of the hardest types of medical malpractice to prove.  It is known as a failure to diagnose a disease and could result in life threatening or fatal injuries to an innocent patient.  Having an experienced Portland lawyer on your team is imperative to evaluating your case, establishing liability, and demonstrating damages caused by a healthcare provider’s negligence.


There are many different types of diseases that could be misdiagnosed.  Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed diseased include the following:


  • Cancer – particularly breast cancer or lung cancer, but all types of cancer, can be misdiagnosed and allow a treatable tumor in stage one or stage two to become a devastating or deadly tumor in stage three or stage four.  Even if a patient survives the misdiagnosis, a patient could be at a heightened risk for a cancer reoccurrence that is more likely to be aggressive and fatal.
  • Aneurysms – an aneurysm is a little bubble or bump on a blood vessel.  It can cause severe pain if the bubble bursts which require immediate medical treatment, especially in the brain.  However, some medical providers will not take a patient’s symptoms seriously and may misdiagnose it as something else.  This is often fatal.  Other times a patient may have a bubble or feel the extension of the blood vessel, but a healthcare worker may ignore the symptoms or even miss an aneurysm in an imaging study.  This could allow a potential deadly condition—that is easily treated—left to rupture and cause catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
  • Heart attack – a heart attack is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions.  Everyone knows, even little children, that a heart attack is a medical emergency that must be immediately treated.  However, some hospitals leave patients allow in waiting rooms or exam rooms, or even discharge patients without treating it.  This could result in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
  • Pulmonary embolism – also known as a PE, this is a blood clot in the lungs that could be fatal.  A PE is a very dangerous condition that presents some basic signs that should be detected by a medical provider but often are not if a patient is not carefully evaluated.  This is a common type of medical malpractice.
  • Strokes – a stroke is a blood clot in the brain and the longer that a patient is not treated, the longer that the condition can result in serious damage or death.  Strokes are always medical emergencies and the delay in treating them is Oregon medical malpractice in most instances.
  • Appendicitis – an infection caused by a burst appendix could result in a widespread infection and immune system response resulting in septic shock, which is often fatal or permanently damaging.  A victim who is injured by a delay or failure to diagnose appendicitis should call our law firm for help immediately.


Ask our Lawyers for Help After a Failure to Diagnose in Oregon


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.

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