A timely diagnosis is key to treating a wide variety of diseases and illnesses. For especially vulnerable patients in California -- such as children, the elderly and pregnant women -- a failure to diagnose a serious health concern can prove to be fatal. The family of an out-of-state woman who died from preeclampsia complications filed a medical malpractice suit for the attending doctor's apparent failure to diagnose the serious condition.
While pregnant with her and her husband's first child, the woman began to experience some troubling symptoms. Although nausea can be quite common in pregnancy, she reported such severe nausea that she would vomit uncontrollably, and she also experienced significant pain and elevated blood pressure. According to the suit, these are all clear indications that something much more serious than typical pregnancy sickness -- preeclampsia -- was at play.