The birth of a child is meant to be an exciting time filled with happiness. Oregon mothers often look forward to taking their child home where they can start their new lives together. However, a birth injury can cut that happiness short and leave a child with a serious injury, including permanent disability which may require long-term care. While many of these injuries occur during the delivery process, a new study has found a failure to run tests after the child's birth can be deadly.
Acts of medical malpractice that result in Birth injuries can be the most heartbreaking of cases. Mistakes by negligent staff during the birth process can result in long-term, permanent injuries. The same is true for negligent monitoring in the crucial hours following birth. Infants may sustain brain damage and other types of debilitating birth injuries.
Oregon patients may be interested to learn of a recent study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The study discovered surprising information concerning the leading type of errors that give rise to medical malpractice lawsuits. The findings of the study published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety show that diagnostic errors were more likely to cause patient harm, and resulted in a higher number of claims and payouts when compared to surgical or medication mistakes.
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.
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.
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.
Expectant mothers in Oregon usually expect the best medical care for prenatal health and childbirth. This is important because even the smallest of errors can result in injury to the mother and her child. Pregnancy-related injuries are not as uncommon as one may think. These injuries arise when a doctor or medical staff fails to properly assess and respond to complications during a woman's pregnancy and delivery. In many cases, such negligence may give rise to a medical malpractice claim.
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.