Emergency rooms are perhaps one of the most vulnerable places for Oregonians when it comes to misdiagnosis and other acts of malpractice. By their nature, ERs are a place sought by patients who need medical care on an emergency basis. This can be a breeding ground for Hospital negligence claims as doctors and other medical staff make mistakes when rushing to care for patients, or doing so without a complete understanding of a patient's medical history.
Medical malpractice can cause serious and irreparable harm to Oregon patients. For this reason, it may come as a surprise to learn that thousands of doctors responsible for hospital staff negligence still have their licenses to practice medicine. Despite fatal errors and medical malpractice lawsuits, these physicians have gone unpunished by state medical boards.
Acts of medical malpractice that result in Birth injuries can be the most heartbreaking of cases. Mistakes by negligent staff during the birth process can result in long-term, permanent injuries. The same is true for negligent monitoring in the crucial hours following birth. Infants may sustain brain damage and other types of debilitating birth injuries.
The death of a local veteran at the Roseburg VA Medical Center has sparked an investigation into the medical facility and the veteran's care. The 61-year-old veteran checked into the hospital in June for a routine hernia operation. His daughter called the medical center continuously throughout the day of his operation to check on his condition. She was repeatedly told that her father was doing fine and was in recovery until she got a message that evening. She returned the phone call and was told that her father's condition had deteriorated. He was having a hard time breathing and his blood pressure suddenly dropped.
The story of one 38-year-old woman shows the devastating consequences of a misdiagnosed stroke. Oregon residents may be surprised to learn that misdiagnosed strokes are relatively common, especially among the younger population.
As previously mentioned in our Eugene medical malpractice blog, misdiagnosis includes both a failure to diagnose a disease and wrongly diagnosing and treating patients for a condition when they are completely healthy. In one such case, a doctor was recently arrested after purposefully misdiagnosing patients with cancer. It is alleged the doctor misdiagnosed patients in an attempt to make money from unnecessary chemotherapy treatments.
Readers of our Oregon medical malpractice blog may be interested to learn of the findings in a study about the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases. The failure to diagnose diseases is a serious and chronic problem, since up to 98,000 people with preventable diseases pass away every year because of medical mistakes. The team of physicians in charge of the study looked at the statistical results from both autopsy and medical malpractice data. The findings show problem areas in diagnosis where many physicians fail to properly test patients for certain diseases.
A misdiagnosis is generally viewed by Oregonians as the failure of a physician or other medical professional to identify a disease. However, a misdiagnosis can also result in a patient being diagnosed and treated for a disease that they never actually had. These types of medical mistakes can be just as harmful, as victims may undergo extensive treatment that is completely unnecessary.
Medical malpractice can quickly turn a victim's life upside down. Serious cases can result in permanent injuries or even death. The smallest of mistakes can quickly turn a situation dire. Malpractice is a chronic problem at even the best Oregon medical facilities.