Many cases of medical malpractice arise from the misdiagnosis of a medical condition, or from a delay in diagnosis that causes injury. When an error in diagnosis leads to a failure to treat, or treatment that is incorrect, a patient's condition may deteriorate significantly, and the patient may even die. In some cases, a misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional diagnoses and treats a patient for a condition when, in reality, he or she was not ill at all.
Not every misdiagnosis constitutes medical malpractice, of course. Many conditions present with similar signs and symptoms, and there are situations in which experienced doctors, exercising reasonable care, make errors in diagnosis. It is important to determine whether the doctor acted competently; that is, whether his or her process for arriving at the diagnosis was reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances. If the doctor did not exercise reasonable care and judgment, and the patient was harmed as a result, the doctor has committed malpractice.
While doctors are responsible for diagnosing injuries, illnesses, and other medical conditions, they rely on laboratory tests, radiology, and other diagnostic tools. If a technician incorrectly performed a test or reported a result leading to misdiagnosis, the technician may also have committed medical malpractice.
At Huegli Fraser PC, we know how painful it can be to learn that needless pain and inappropriate treatment were caused by a medical misdiagnosis, and that it may have delayed needed treatment for the patient's actual condition. We strive to help our clients recover the damages they're entitled to for their misdiagnosis, so they can focus on their health and the needs of their families.
Oregon medical malpractice cases, including cases of misdiagnosis, are complex and challenging to prove. The nature of these cases means that many Oregon attorneys are unwilling to accept them. At Huegli Fraser PC, we take pride in advocating for patients who have been injured by misdiagnosis of a medical condition. We work closely with the medical experts whose expertise is needed to demonstrate that malpractice took place. We have over 45 years' combined experience in medical malpractice cases. In our years of practice, we have secured multiple recoveries of over one million dollars. In total, we have recovered over 100 million dollars for our clients to date.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to misdiagnosis of an illness, injury, or other medical condition, you deserve help. Get the support of experienced Portland malpractice attorneys. Huegli Fraser PC will give you an honest evaluation of your case and advocate for you from beginning to end.
Huegli Fraser serves Portland and the surrounding areas, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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