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Eugene Medical Lawyer: Failure to Diagnose

We go to the doctor expecting answers. Often, by the time we take the time to make an appointment, the health concern that prompted us to seek medical help is already advanced enough that the correct treatment is required as soon as possible. Even if we catch it early, the correct treatment only works when it is treating the correct disease. The correct treatment will be unavailable if we are not diagnosed at all or if the diagnosis is inaccurate. It is the physician’s responsibility to carefully consider every sign and symptom a patient presents when making their assessment. When you believe a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis led to further health difficulties or even death, it is important to take action as soon as you believe something might be wrong. Eugene medical malpractice attorneys Veralrud and Fowler are there to help you build your misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose case.

Eugene Medical Malpractice: Overlooked Condition

Few things are more frustrating than going to the doctor’s office with a pressing health complaint only to be told, “It’s nothing.” If you are concerned enough to go to the doctor in the first place, especially considering the exorbitant costs associated with using the health care system, it is almost always for a good reason. Nonetheless, sometimes physicians fail to diagnose a disease or condition, even with ample medical information. A failure to diagnose can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit when the evidence points to negligence. Specifically, your medical malpractice lawyer will look to show that another reasonably competent physician would have made the correct diagnosis. Figuring out exactly what another reasonably competent physician might have done in your situation is almost impossible without expert testimony from physicians familiar with the medical diagnostic process. Experienced Eugene, Oregon medical malpractice attorneys Veralrud and Fowler have the team you need to make your case.


Misdiagnosis can occur in many different ways, but the unifying factor is a failure to provide the established standard of care. Any exhaustive list of negligent diagnostic behavior is impossible to compile, but a few situations are common enough that they are worth discussing in short:

Failure to Consider All Options

A physician might not include every indicated diagnosis when compiling a list of differential diagnostic options.

Test Failure

Many tests are involved in diagnosing an illness. If a test is invalidated by the actions of a physician but the results of the test are still used in establishing a diagnosis which is later shown to be incorrect, this could be negligence.

Failure to Act Promptly

A serious condition is not addressed quickly enough and therefore precipitates a more damaging outcome than it would have were it to be treated promptly.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help

If you are suffering from the consequences of a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis stemming from negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Veralrud and Fowler today to schedule your free consultation. They will get you the help you need to be made whole.

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Eugene, OR 97401

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