Most Oregonians are not medical experts. They rely on doctors, nurses and hospital staff to diagnose and treat their medical conditions. Most people expect that these medical professionals have the right answers. People place their trust in doctors while dealing with medical emergencies.
A burst appendix can have serious consequences for Oregonians, even though the organ itself doesn't serve a purpose. A failure to diagnose appendicitis can lead to a patient's worsened condition, and can actually be fatal.