Oftentimes before going in for surgery, patients are made aware of potential complications. Many times these patients accept the risks and continue with the procedure. Yet, when something does go wrong, the doctor should take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation. This may mean providing additional care or, if he or she cannot properly treat the condition, referring the patient to another doctor. Failing to do so may lead to additional, long-lasting injuries for the patient.
Oregon patients who have an operation may have lingering fears that something will go wrong, but most of the time these concerns are put to rest by their doctor. But what if that doctor was known for botching operations? And what if the hospital at which he worked did nothing to stop him? Sadly, in a situation such as that, there may be very little a patient can do.
People who think of medical errors often conjure images of doctors making mistakes, whether surgical, medication or diagnostic. However, doctors are not the only medical professionals who can cause injuries to patients. Nurses, too, can make serious errors that can cause severe harm, including permanent disability and even death. And there may be bad news for patients with regard to the care provided by nurses.
Most people know that surgeries are common throughout the U.S. and Oregon, and that many of these operations successfully remedy or limit the negative effects of a medical condition. What some may not know is that sometimes doctors rely on their judgment, which may not always be best for the patient. All too often, a doctor's error in judgment costs an unsuspecting patient his or her health, normal lifestyle, or his or her life itself.
When examining a patient, doctors have a lot to consider. Certain symptoms can be signs of multiple conditions, and many conditions have many differing symptoms in different patients. It is therefore imperative doctors are thorough in their examinations and they consider every possible symptom and diagnosis. Only then will a patient receive the adequate treatment he or she deserves and expects.
Doctors are perhaps amongst the most trusted individuals in our society. Their years of education, training and experience put them in a unique position where patients' well-being and the patients' very lives rest in these doctors' hands. Thus, when a medical professional in Oregon makes a diagnosis and recommends a course of treatment, patients often agree. Unfortunately, though, sometimes doctors and the hospitals at which they work are negligent, leaving their patients seriously injured.
Since doctors have years of experience and training, most patients fully trust theirs. This means most recommendations made by the medical professional are agreed to. Operations are performed, courses of treatment prescribed to, and medications taken all because a doctor suggests it will help the patient get better. While in many cases the doctor's treatment is beneficial, in others it can be a mistake, leading to serious harm.
Every year, many of Oregon's residents go to the hospital for relatively routine operations. Since these surgeries are common and performed often, it reasons to believe they would be conducted safely and effectively, thereby leading to a healed or vastly improved medical condition. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, hospital negligence can turn these routine procedures into life-altering or even life-ending events. One of these mishaps happened recently, and Oregon residents should take note.
In a case that continues to be followed by our Eugene medical malpractice blog, a judge recently upheld a jury's $12 million verdict in a malpractice case. The multi-million verdict was entered in favor of a boy seriously injured by doctors at OHSU. The boy, now 4 years old, nearly died after undergoing an emergency liver transplant in 2009. During the surgery, OHSU surgeons mistakenly cut the wrong blood vessels.
Readers of our Eugene medical malpractice law blog may be interested to learn of a civil trial currently underway against a prominent gynecologist. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in district court by a Montana woman. She claims the gynecologist was grossly negligent when he botched a 2007 robotic surgery.