Going under the knife for a Eugene medical operation can be scary. One's mind can be plagued with thoughts of things that can go wrong, such as wrong-site surgeries, nicked organs and unnecessary surgeries. Unfortunately, these occurrences are frequent enough to cause palpable concern, and, when a medical mistake does happen, it can be a fatal accident.
Wrongful death claims are something never contemplated by most Oregonians. However, due to the prevalence of medical mistakes and malpractice, it is important for residents to be aware of their legal rights should a family member be the victim of a fatal mistake. This is more important than ever in light of new statistics relating to drug overdose deaths.
The sudden death of a loved one can be devastating for Oregon families. The hardship can be magnified if the loss was preventable and caused by a medical mistake. This is the unfortunate experience of one California family, who has filed a Wrongful death claim against the hospital where their loved one was killed by flesh-eating bacteria.
Every day, thousands of Oregonians undergo surgeries or see physicians for a variety of medical conditions. Especially when it comes to out patient surgery, most patients have little to fear and never expect problems to arise. Unfortunately, even the most reputable doctors and medical facilities can make mistakes. All too often, these medical mistakes can result in a fatal accident and a Wrongful death claim.
The death of a local veteran at the Roseburg VA Medical Center has sparked an investigation into the medical facility and the veteran's care. The 61-year-old veteran checked into the hospital in June for a routine hernia operation. His daughter called the medical center continuously throughout the day of his operation to check on his condition. She was repeatedly told that her father was doing fine and was in recovery until she got a message that evening. She returned the phone call and was told that her father's condition had deteriorated. He was having a hard time breathing and his blood pressure suddenly dropped.
Avoidable birth injuries are often the most heartbreaking of medical malpractice cases. Injuries such as broken bones may heal over time, but others can cause serious injury or even death. Such was the tragic experience of one Oregon mother, whose infant girl died due to the medical mistakes of a midwife.
When placing a loved one in a nursing home, Oregonians are literally placing their loved one's health and lives in the hands of the facility. Unfortunately, the health and mental state of nursing home residents often makes them extremely vulnerable to negligence or acts of medical malpractice. Even the smallest mistake can have catastrophic consequences. All too often, these mistakes can result in the wrongful death of a nursing home resident.
Although Oregon doctors swear to do no harm, they still make mistakes which lead to the untimely death of patients. When this happens, victims' families are left to deal with the loss of a loved one in addition to medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses and other unexpected damages. If the doctor acted negligently in treating the patient, that patient's family may be able to file a wrongful death suit to cover these expenses and more.
Physician neglect is one of the leading causes of patient injury in Eugene. In many circumstances, this kind of negligence can lead to malpractice and wrongful death claims. It can also result in a doctor temporarily or permanently losing his or her license to practice medicine.
Birth injuries and pregnancy-related injuries are often some of the most serious and heart-breaking cases. Birth injuries can cause life-long health problems for Oregon children that require significant medical care. All too often, medical providers make preventable errors that result in permanent disabilities. The most egregious medical mistakes may even result in the wrongful death of a newborn.