Accidents happen. When Oregonians find themselves the victim of a car accident, slip and fall or any other kind of mishap, they often need medical attention. Many of these cases require minimal care and heal quite quickly. Some, though, are more damaging than they first appear. Yet, if a doctor is not attentive and does not accurately give and read test results, a serious condition can go unnoticed.
This happened to a little boy last year after he ran into a pole while playing on a school's playground. The boy was taken to the hospital, but after an enema was misused and x-rays that failed to show the boy's real problem, he was diagnosed with constipation and sent home. Four hours later the boy's parents called for an ambulance to take their child back to the hospital, but he died on the way. The cause of the boy's death was a lacerated kidney and internal hemorrhaging. The boy's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the boy's doctors claiming their misdiagnosis of his condition caused his death.