Misdiagnosed Appendicitis Case
Williams v. Northwest Medical Foundation of Tillamook et al., Multnomah County Case No. 18CV23411
Plaintiff Williams went to Defendant’s urgent care center complaining of right lower abdominal pain, sweating, and nausea. He expressed concern that he may have ruptured his appendix. He was diagnosed with an abdominal wall strain and discharged. Four days later, with no improvement, Williams went to the emergency department, where he was diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and taken immediately to surgery. He spent nine nights in the hospital and had a difficult recovery, including a surgical site hernia. He alleged that the doctor at the defendant’s urgent care center was negligent in failing to accurately diagnose a ruptured appendix. Williams claimed that the delay of four days caused his case to be far more serious and will subject him to an increased likelihood of future hernias at his surgical site. Williams sought $200,000 for past and future medical care, and $500,000 for non-economic damages.
Defendants denied that the examination they performed fell below the standard of care as Williams did not show signs of appendicitis at the time and also deny that the delay in diagnosis caused Williams’ damages.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joshua Callahan
Defense Counsel – Peter Eidenberg
Verdict – Defense Verdict
Date – January 31, 2020