Flashcards in Examples of Medical Negligence: Failure of diagnosis depriving patient chance to get treatment Deck (4):
In what circumstances do these cases arise?
1. Initial complaint was misdiagnosed
2. Treatment provided on the basis of incorrect diagnosis.
3. Progression of disease precludes effective treatment.
What are the main cases?
1. Flinders Medical Centre v Waller
What are the facts of Flinders Medical Centre v Waller?
Woman was pregnant and experienced some back pain.
X ray revealed nothing remarkable.
Had several other complaints after.
Tests performed are limited because of her pregnancy. She had recurrent symptoms 3 years later.
Gave up work and had to have mother do house chores.
Initial diagnosis was that she had multiple sclerosis.
She actually had a tumour on her spine. By the time this was found out, too late to do anything about it.