Eugene patients expect the best medical care when checking into a hospital for treatment. This is true whether a patient is in a hospital for a planned surgery, or on an emergency basis. Patients place their trust and their lives in the hands of their medical team. However, hospital negligence continues to be an issue in Oregon hospitals. Mistakes such as medication errors, misdiagnosis or a failure to properly monitor patients can have serious consequences.
Although Portland patients can generally expect the best of care from their hospital and medical providers, medical mistakes can happen. As one family learned, a condition as common as appendicitis can have fatal consequences when not promptly diagnosed.
Oregon readers may be surprised to learn that errors in medical treatment are rarely admitted to patients and their family members. The findings in a recent study are troubling at best, as hospital negligence and medical errors can cause serious patient injury or death.
The parents of a child born with cerebral palsy have sued a hospital and several doctors alleging medical malpractice related to the birth of their child. The parents allege that their child suffers from permanent birth injuries due to complications during the birth process. Their complaint claims that at seven months pregnant, the mother awoke in the middle of the night with vaginal bleeding and severe abdominal pain. After being forced to fill out paperwork at the hospital, the fetus's dropping heart rate was diagnosed. Doctors ordered a cesarean section for the woman nearly an hour and a half after the initial symptoms of fetal distress. The parents claim that the lack of oxygen sustained by their son caused him to be born with cerebral palsy and other permanent birth defects.
During pregnancy, expectant mothers in Oregon face numerous conditions and challenges that can have a life-long impact on their health and the health of their unborn babies. Good prenatal care is essential, since conditions such as preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy, must be closely monitored for the safety of both the mother and her child.
As discussed in previous blog posts, time is of the essence to properly diagnose a multitude of medical conditions, including cancer. A failure to diagnose cancer can have serious and deadly consequences. As a result, Oregonians can suffer from delayed treatment or terminal health conditions.
Medical mistakes can have serious consequences for Oregon patients. A doctor mistake such as an overdose, prescription error or misdiagnosis of a fatal condition can lead to the wrongful death of a patient. In one such case, a physician is now facing a formal complaint before the state medical licensing board after an emergency suspension of his medical license. Several patients of the doctor have died from drug toxicity.
Oregonians may be surprised to know that despite advancements in medical technology, medical mistakes happen. In the most serious of cases, a medical mistake can be fatal for the patient and lead to a wrongful death claim. A death is wrongful when it is occurs due to the misconduct or negligence of another individual.
When faced with surgery, Oregon patients fully expect their procedures to go smoothly with no complications. That is not always the case, however, as mistakes caused by hospital staff negligence can happen at even the best Eugene medical facilities. These mistakes can cause serious, life-altering injuries in which long-term treatment is required. In the most serious of cases, patient death may occur.