In times of medical crisis, Oregon residents rely on the skilled help of doctors and nurses in hospitals. In life threatening emergencies, even young children are taught to call 911 so that the person in trouble can be taken to an emergency room. Hospital staff, in particular emergency room doctors, are supposed to be trained to quickly and accurately assess a person's injuries. Once diagnosed, these same staff members are supposed to be able to fix the problem.
When a patient in Oregon is injured or ill, they might be admitted to the hospital for treatment. These facilities provide the patient with around the clock care while they recover from an illness, receive treatment or recover from a surgery. While the hospital environment is often conducive towards the treatment and recovery of a patient, these facilities could also be the reason or cause for a hospital-acquired infection, which could lead to new ailments or worsened medical conditions.
Oregon residents trust hospitals to be safe and clean environments for them to seek medical care. However, many people learn the hard way that this isn't always true. When you have been injured in a hospital, it can come as a shock. People may not know where to turn, or if they can take legal action. While many people are aware that you can bring a medical malpractice suit against a doctor, fewer are likely to understand when you can bring a suit against a hospital.
Oregon residents expect that their doctors, hospitals and other medical staff with take their health seriously. In many cases, time is of the essence and working quickly can help save a patient's life. But, when doctors and hospitals fail to provide care quickly, people can suffer from serious consequences including a worsened medical condition and death. Delayed assistance can be extremely serious when seconds, minutes and days count.
Oregon residents trust that their doctors are trying to help them. Most people go to doctors to prevent problems, to treat injuries and to diagnose illnesses. To do any of these things, doctors need specialized information and training that most Oregon residents just don't have. When doctors make mistakes, however, people can be left with a huge sense of loss. People can suffer emotional and physical harm as a result of medical malpractice and, therefore, may be entitled to damages.
Oregon residents want to be able to trust their doctors and nurses with anything. They disclose very personal information and open themselves up in very vulnerable ways in order to receive the best medical care possible. Doctors are held to a high standard in order to ensure that patients' trust is not broken.
Medical malpractice claims in Oregon are subject to the state's statute of limitations laws. According to § 12.110 of Oregon's revised statutes, a hospital negligence claim brought to recover damages for harm caused by a medical professional must be brought within two years of when the harm was first discovered. However, a victim cannot turn a blind eye to his or her injuries in an effort to stretch the statute of limitations. Therefore, § 12.110 also states that a claim is barred after two years from the date when a victim should have discovered his or her injury if he or she had exercised reasonable care.
Our society puts a lot of trust in doctors. Oregonians routinely go to them in order to have their symptoms diagnosed and properly treated. Though many patients are adequately treated and recover from their condition, or stop its progression, others sadly must suffer further harm due to doctor and hospital negligence. In these instances, victims should consider seeking compensation for their losses through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Most Oregonians will agree that the need for surgery can create a stressful situation. There may be concerns over costs, health insurance, long-term consequences, and success rates. Unfortunately, though, far too many patients fall victim to the procedure itself when a medical professional makes a mistake. These mistakes can cause serious injuries and can leave a victim with life-long disfigurement.
In most instances, unless something major goes wrong, individuals who have a surgical operation leave the hospital feeling that the surgery went as intended. However, symptoms of a surgical error can take time to manifest. This time lapse can make it difficult for a patient to link their newfound pain to a prior doctor error. During a later medical examination, though, these individuals often discover the mistake.