Those in Oregon who have children likely find themselves, at one time or another, seriously concerned for their child's health. Though many of these instances are just a parent being overprotective, it is always best to have a medical condition examined by a medical professional. When a doctor tells a parent that their child is fine, it may come with a sigh of relief. Yet, sometimes doctors are wrong, and it can have a serious impact on an innocent child's health.
A recently filed lawsuit helps illustrate just how damaging a doctor's failure to diagnose can be. In that case, a boy's parents claim a doctor failed to diagnose his cancer despite having examined him 13 times. The parent's allege the doctor told them their son had a persistent fever. The doctor apparently also failed to spot or to adequately consider swelling on the child's buttock, brought to his attention by the parents, which wound up being a sign of slow-growing cancer. Unfortunately, the child was not properly diagnosed until he was taken to another hospital. He then had to undergo painful chemotherapy and has suffered hearing loss.