Readers of our malpractice blog may be interested to learn that a verdict was recently reached in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a prominent Oregon gynecologist. The federal case, which was the subject of a recent blog post, involves a Medford gynecologist whom faced allegations of hospital staff negligence stemming from a 2007 surgery. During that surgery, the plaintiff had a healthy ovary mistakenly removed and a piece of plastic was left in her body when a da Vinci robotic device malfunctioned.
In a case that continues to be followed by our Eugene medical malpractice blog, a judge recently upheld a jury's $12 million verdict in a malpractice case. The multi-million verdict was entered in favor of a boy seriously injured by doctors at OHSU. The boy, now 4 years old, nearly died after undergoing an emergency liver transplant in 2009. During the surgery, OHSU surgeons mistakenly cut the wrong blood vessels.
Veterans, just like all Oregonians, are susceptible to medical mistakes. A recent nationwide investigation has taken a close look at malpractice at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and the resulting settlements. The numbers and amount of settlements are surprising to many. According to government databases, malpractice claims against the VA were up nearly 30% in 2012 when compared to 2011. Since 2003, the VA has lost or settled over 4,000 cases. The payout and associated taxpayer cost on these cases totals more than $844 million. Around 20% of malpractice claims result in a payout in the private health care sector. The VA pays out around 25% of claims, and those payments have been increasing in recent years. The number of payments in 2012 was the second highest in the past decade.
Readers of our Eugene medical malpractice law blog may be interested to learn of a civil trial currently underway against a prominent gynecologist. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in district court by a Montana woman. She claims the gynecologist was grossly negligent when he botched a 2007 robotic surgery.
Eugene patients depend on the expertise of their doctors and medical professionals on a daily basis. Doctors are often called upon to make a diagnosis when a patient has fallen ill. The repercussions of a mistaken or overlooked illness can be catastrophic. Patients may suffer a delay in treatment, or be treated for the wrong medical condition all together. When injuries are caused by misdiagnosis and associated negligence, medical malpractice laws are in place to give victims certain legal rights.
Acts of medical malpractice often leave long-lasting emotional and physical wounds. A misdiagnosis can result in delayed treatment and irreversible damage. A mistake during surgery can cause unsuspecting Oregon patients to suffer from permanent injuries. This was the unfortunate experience of one woman, whose botched surgery resulted in a leg amputation and other serious injuries.
Medical malpractice and hospital mistakes can turn a routine surgical procedure into a nightmare for Eugene residents. Victims of malpractice often find the experience to be emotionally traumatizing, making it difficult to trust fully in the medical profession. Hospital negligence can also cause serious, life-long injuries to otherwise healthy patients. Permanent injuries may require long-term rehabilitative care that can be both strenuous and costly.
Preventable birth injuries often present the most heart-breaking of medical malpractice cases. An injury during the delivery process can result in life-long, serious injuries to an infant. These types of injuries can happen at the most state-of-the-art Oregon medical facility, as well as during home births. However, Eugene families should be aware of the findings of a new study linking increased neonatal complications to homebirths.
Going under the knife for a Eugene medical operation can be scary. One's mind can be plagued with thoughts of things that can go wrong, such as wrong-site surgeries, nicked organs and unnecessary surgeries. Unfortunately, these occurrences are frequent enough to cause palpable concern, and, when a medical mistake does happen, it can be a fatal accident.