Failure to Diagnose Case Nets $1.7

Failure to Diagnose Case Nets $1.7

Doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals may make medical mistakes in a wide-variety of situations.  Unfortunately, depending on the circumstance, the error can have a devastating, catastrophic, permanent – even deadly – impact.  Medical negligence can occur as surgical errors in the operating room – such as wrong-site surgeries or administering the wrong type or wrong dose of anesthesia.   Other errors may occur over the course of weeks, months, or even years of treatment.  This includes the failure the diagnose cancers, heart conditions, or other ailments that worsen due to a misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis.

A recent case settled after asserting a failure to diagnose/prenatal negligence claim.  In this instance, a mother asserted that a mid-wife mis-interpreted genetic testing, relaying the results as normal, when they showed markers for Downs syndrome.  The mother contends that had she received the proper information, she would have had amniocentesis, and her fetus would have been diagnoses with this birth defect.  She would then have had the opportunity to decide whether to continue with the pregnancy or terminate it.  However, the diagnostic error deprived her of this option.  The child was born with the birth injury, and now faces a lifetime of medical and support costs.

The mid-wife and medical center settled the medical malpractice suit file by the mother on behalf of the son for $1.4M. 

For more information or if you believe you or a loved one has suffered harm due to any type of medical malpractice, including a failure to diagnose, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice trial attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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