My Doctor Didn’t Diagnose A-Fib, Do I Have an Oregon Medical Malpractice Claim?

Failing to Diagnose A-Fib Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice


A failure to diagnose a condition is always dangerous because it allows an adverse condition or disease to remain present.  It also means that a patient is unaware of a dangerous condition which may require a patient to curtail certain activities or engage in different behavior.  One such condition is A-Fib, which is short for atrial fibrillation.  This is serious heart condition which is entirely manageable without any issues.  However, the failure to diagnose A-Fib can result in catastrophic injury and wrongful death, which can be Oregon medical malpractice.


What is A-Fib and Why is it Dangerous?


A-Fib is an irregular heartbeat which causes the heart to flutter, shake, convulse, or otherwise improperly function.  It is when two chambers of the heart beat out of sync with the other two chambers.  This causes blood to get pooled or sloshed around the inside of the heart in an unintended manner.  When this occurs, it can result in blood pooling in the heart.  This can lead to clots which will eventually get flushed out of the heart and get lodged somewhere in the body causing a serious problem.


In addition, even if blood is not improperly pooling to cause a close, A-Fib will cause the heart to work harder.  This is because the heart will need to beat faster and stronger to sufficiently distribute oxygenated blood throughout the body.  Due to the fluttering, certain parts fo the body will send signals that it is not receiving the amount of blood that it needs.  The heart will go into overdrive to catch up.  The heart may never get to the point where it can satisfy the deprivation, or it will but the heart will exhaust itself getting to that point.  Eventually, the deprivation will come back and the heart will need to do it again.  This will result in heart failure.


Proving Oregon Medical Malpractice Due to the Failure to Diagnose A-Fib


In order to be successful with a medical malpractice claim, an injured plaintiff will need to establish a negligence cause of action.  Negligence is when one party (and obligor) owes a duty to another party, the obligor breaches that duty which proximately causes damages.  Damages are the injury to an individual.  In a medical malpractice case, damages are typically pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earnings, medical bills, and other compensatory damages.


In a medical malpractice case, the obligor is the healthcare provider who owes a duty of reasonably competent care just as a reasonable healthcare provider with the same skill and training would have in similar circumstances.  This creates a very flexible standard which is unique to the type of provider, as the standard for a cardiologist is different than a family care doctor.  


Thus, the duty in an A-Fib misdiagnosis case is whether the healthcare provider should have identified and evaluated the patient for A-Fib based on the complaints and symptoms present premised on the fact that a reasonably prudent physician in similar circumstances would have.  If another physician would have, that healthcare provider owed a duty and breached the duty to you in not diagnosing A-Fib.


For a patient to collect, one will now need to establish that the breach proximately caused damages.  This means linking the failure to diagnose A-Fib with a blood clot or heart failure, or another possible injury due to the failed diagnosis.  This is not always easy and is generally where the Oregon medical malpractice cases become most difficult.  But if the link can be proven that the doctor caused the injury, a patient may be entitled to collection compensation.


Victims of Oregon Medical Malpractice from a Failed Diagnosis of A-Fib Should Call Our Law Firm 


The failure to diagnose A-Fib can lead to serious complications and wrongful death.  If you or a loved one had A Fib which was delayed in diagnosis or misdiagnosed, call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to learn how we can help you.  We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Vancouver Washington, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Albany, Hood River, The Dalles, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Oregon City, Clackamas, Tillamook, Newport, Astoria, Coos Bay, Madras, Pendleton, Jefferson County, PrinevilleHillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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