In a move that will undoubtedly change the face of medical malpractice litigation in Oregon, the state House recently passed a bill offering mediation of medical malpractice claims. This was the bill's final step before reaching the desk of Oregon's governor. Senate Bill 483 easily passed the Senate and House. It is expected that Gov. John Kitzhaber will soon sign the bill into law.
The failure to diagnose a disease can be one of the most frustrating and difficult experiences encountered by Oregonians. Not only does a misdiagnosis often cause further physical pain and suffering, it can be emotionally exhausting to experience symptoms for which there seems to be no answer. This sentiment is one that can be shared throughout the state by those suffering from Central Pain Syndrome.
Oregon patients trust that they are receiving the b est medical care from their doctors and the other members of their medical team. While most of the time patients can rest assured they are being treated by competent medical hands, medical mistakes can happen. Mistakes such as accidental overdoses and anesthesia errors can result in injuries to the patient and even lead to a wrongful death claim.
When going to a hospital for treatment, Oregon patients expect the best care from all their caregivers. Medical mistakes can happen, however, resulting in serious injury or even wrongful death in extreme cases.
Medical malpractice can take many forms. A recent story involving an Idaho doctor demonstrates the various settings in which potential medical negligence may arise.
Pregnancy-related injuries suffered by Oregon women at the hands of negligent staff can be devastating. An injury to the mother may have serious, long-lasting consequences. When these injuries are the result of preventable errors or negligence, recovery against those at fault may be possible.
The healthcare industry in Oregon and the rest of the country is generally acknowledged to be in a major state of disarray. That's part of the inspiration behind such reform measures as the federal Affordable Care Act. Among the issues that gets a lot of rhetorical and media attention is that of civil litigation over claims of medical malpractice for such matters as doctor and hospital negligence resulting in injury, misdiagnoses and even wrongful death.
Medical errors can be caused by many factors. Previously cited culprits include unforeseen interactions between medications, increased stress on doctors, and perhaps even just old fashioned poor communication. A new addition to the list of medical malpractice contributors might surprise you: phone dictation.
Balancing law suit reforms with patient safety can be a tightrope act. Those in favor of reforms argue that frivolous medical malpractice claims drive up costs and insurance rates. However, two recent studies indicate that far too many patient injuries in Oregon and across the country may be caused by negligence on the part of doctors and medical care providers.
Quality, affordable health care is a major area of concern for many people. Medical costs have risen dramatically in recent years, which some attribute to the frequent number of medical malpractice law suits. However, Oregon's residents may be on the eve of a new era of health care.