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Failure to diagnose allegedly leads to young girl's death

For patients in Oregon and around the world, time is one of the most crucial aspects in fighting diseases. Treatment has a much greater chance at being successful when diseases and sickness are diagnosed sooner rather than later. Great advancements have been made in health care technology to help ensure that patients are diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Despite these advancements, mistakes can still be made by doctors that can delay life-saving treatment. When a failure to diagnose leads to injuries or death, legal action can be pursued.

A family in another state filed a lawsuit after their daughter died after doctors allegedly failed to properly diagnose her. The lawsuit claims that the young girl was taken by her parents to a local emergency room suffering from a high fever. While at the emergency room, providers allegedly noted that the young patient had shallow breathing and a rapid heartbeat. After checking labs and vitals, doctors sent the child home with a prescription for antibiotics to treat an ear infection.

The plaintiffs claimed that their daughter's condition worsened and they returned to the emergency room after being discharged less than five hours earlier. The child was in full cardiac arrest by the time they arrived at the facility, and it was too late to save the girls life, the lawsuit claims. An autopsy report found that the girl died from bacterial meningitis. The family accuses the medical facility of failing to properly evaluate their child's condition, among other things.

The best treatment for serious diseases is an early and correct diagnosis. When providers fail to properly diagnose a patient, life-saving treatment is delayed. When a failure to diagnose results in death or injury, victims and families in Oregon may pursue legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in financial relief to help families through this difficult time

Source:, "Keller family sues Texas emergency room chain for over $1 million after preschooler's death", Sabriya Rice, Nov. 10, 2017

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