You were injured in an auto accident. You received medical treatment, and now the bills are piling up, the insurance companies are at odds, and you don't know where to turn for help.
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.
The family of a woman with diabetes was recently awarded $140 million by the jury in her wrongful death lawsuit. A prescription error led to the death of the woman after she was given 10 times the amount of insulin needed. The woman was discharged from a hospital in 2008 and was to receive follow-up care at a rehabilitation facility. The prescription was incorrectly transcribed in India, calling for 10 times the amount of insulin actually prescribed. The overdose caused irreparable brain injury and cardiopulmonary arrest. Her family subsequently filed a wrongful death claim on her behalf.
A prompt, accurate diagnose of a medical condition is extremely important for Oregon patients. This is especially true for cancer patients, to ensure that they receive treatment as soon as possible. The misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer can result in terminal health conditions.
The symptoms of different diseases can be very similar or identical. For this reason, Oregonians must rely on the expertise and training of doctors and medical professionals to properly diagnose a condition. The misdiagnosis of a disease can cause irreparable damage. Not only does a failure to diagnose an illness cause a delay in treatment, but patients may also suffer from a worsened condition or even death.
As Oregon families can attest, pregnancy is supposed to be a time of celebration. During this time, prenatal care is vital for the health and well being of the expecting mother and her unborn child. This is especially true for high-risk pregnancies where there is a greater risk of injury to the mother and her child.
Oregon readers may be familiar with the book, "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus." The book's premise is that certain aspects of human behavior -- whether attributable to nature or nurture -- divide along gender lines.
Residents in Oregon and across the country often benefit from a generally high level of medical care. Yet a recent case illustrates that medical errors can still occur, despite state-of-the-art care, when human negligence or mistake is involved.