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Medical-laser centers pose safety concern to Oregon patients


Medical malpractice claims are often thought of in the context of hospital and doctor mistakes. Hospital negligence can certainly cause serious damage to patients, but Oregonians are at risk of malpractice in many other circumstances. The potential dangers to patients are highlighted as state regulators examine the safety of medical-laser centers.

The medical-laser industry is one of the fastest growing medical industries. Many Oregonians may be surprised to learn that despite the prevalence of these centers, the state currently does not have regulations in place to protect patients from botched treatments. Oregon is considering a temporary ban of these laser centers until regulations are in place. Currently, the only regulations that exist are for laser hair removal.

The Oregon Health Licensing Agency has reportedly gotten over 30 complaints from people injured by laser treatments. One of those injured was a North Plains woman who sought laser skin treatment. Following the treatment, part of her face became swollen and her vision was damaged. She had to undergo a Lasik eye surgery to correct the damage. Another woman has a permanent scar on her neck following a botched treatment.

As Oregon works towards regulating medical-laser centers to protect the safety of Oregonians, a study published earlier this year in an American Medical Association journal shows a nationwide increase in lawsuits filed over botched laser treatments. Injuries associated with these treatments include burns, scars and permanent disfigurement. Victims of botched laser treatments or other medical procedures can contact an Oregon legal professional to learn more about their legal rights. Compensation for injuries and medical expenses are available in many cases.

Source: The Oregonian, "Medical-laser centers under spotlight as regulators consider temporary ban," Nicole Friedman, Oct. 12, 2013

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