We know that when you're suffering from an injury or severe medical problems, it can take a major toll on your family and your finances. If you feel your medical problems have been caused by malpractice, you want to protect your family from mounting costs.
Back in 1999, the U.S. Institute of Medicine dropped a bombshell on the health care industry. It reported that anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 people were dying in the nation's hospitals every year due to medical negligence and errors committed in the operating rooms, emergency rooms and recovery wards.
Although hard to fathom, preventable medical errors that cause serious injuries to Oregon patients happen on a regular basis in our healthcare system. Hospital staff negligence can lead to medication errors and operations on the wrong patient or body part. In severe cases, preventable medical errors can cause permanent injuries or even death.
There are several different causes of birth injuries that can result in serious and life-altering damage to a newborn. Oregon parents should know that many of these injuries have the potential to cause cerebral palsy and other debilitating conditions.
Even among the best Oregon medical facilities, birth injuries can occur. Minor birth injuries, such as bruising and broken bones, will heal over time, allowing a newborn baby to eventually have a healthy, normal life. Other birth injuries are more serious, and leave the baby and his family with permanent disabilities and large medical bills.
Hospital and nursing home negligence can cause irreparable harm and injury to patients in Oregon. The potential danger to patients multiplies when a medical facility faces a disaster or emergency situation. In these cases, inadequate staffing and planning to care for patients may result in claims of hospital negligence.
Birth injuries to newborns in Oregon can have heartbreaking and long-lasting effects. A new program at one of the nation's leading children's hospitals is giving neurologists unprecedented access to newborns in an attempt to minimize birth injuries. The program is aimed at identifying brain injuries that may have a life-long impact if left untreated.
The failure to timely diagnose a multitude of diseases and illnesses can have long-lasting, adverse affects. A failure to diagnose may result in a patient's worsened condition due to delayed treatment. In many cases, early diagnosis is key to an Oregon patient's recovery and long-term prognosis.
Early diagnosis of cancer is vital, as many forms are now treatable. However, if months or years go by without treatment, cancer cells can easily spread to other parts of the body. A failure or delay in diagnosis of cancer can have fatal results, and in some circumstances may result in a wrongful death claim.
Strokes are a serious disease affecting Oregonians of all ages. A failure to diagnose a stroke may be fatal or lead to permanent disability. Strokes have long been viewed as a disease of the elderly. However, a new study shows strokes are becoming a midlife health concern as more young adults suffer from the disease.