For those suffering an injury due to negligence in an Oregon hospital, a malpractice lawsuit is often the first remedy that comes to mind. One author points to a number of considerations that should be made before pursuing this path. Among other concerns are the financial and emotional preparedness of the injured person, or their representatives, and the need for competent legal counsel.
According to medical experts, patients in Oregon and nationwide are most vulnerable to complications when being discharged from the hospital. Studies show the problem is even worse for older patients with complex medical needs.
When an Oregon resident requires treatment for a medical issue, there is an inherent trust that the hospital staff will not make a mistake that leads to harm. However, errors can and do happen, and research suggests that the problem is far greater than previously thought.
Oregon medical professionals know that electronic health records are being adopted by more and more health care systems. These records are supposed to make it easier to research a patient's medical history, improve patient safety and save money. However, a study by researchers at Oxford University shows that EHRs for mental health patients are often fragmented and incomplete, which reduces their usefulness.
Like most people in Oregon, when you go to the emergency room, you are most likely seeking treatment for a sudden illness or injury. Doctors in emergency rooms are expected to be able to provide medical care to patients suffering from a variety of different medical conditions and injuries. Sometimes they are negligent in the care they provide, leaving people like you suffering from serious injuries as a result.
People in Oregon and around the country entrust their lives and well-being to the physicians and health care facilities they rely on for their medical treatment and care. Individuals admitted to a hospital for treatment of an injury or serious illness rarely expect to suffer harm because of medical malpractice or hospital negligence on the part of the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who care for them, but more than 400,000 American patients die each year from hospital-related mistakes.
If you or someone else in your family has experienced a medical condition that you believe may have been caused by a negligent physician, nurse or another hospital staff member, you might be able to file a claim for compensation. At our law firm, you may be able to obtain the representation you need in order to hold the liable party responsible for damages. We have been representing Oregon patients for more than three decades.
On March 15, it was reported that the mother of a University of Oregon student filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a local hospital after her daughter passed away. According to the lawsuit, the mother claimed that PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center failed to properly treat the student for Meningococcal disease, resulting in her death.
Hospitalists are physicians that work exclusively at hospitals and specialize in Hospital Medicine. They often act as someone's primary care physician when they are admitted to the hospital. This is a relatively new role, and it has only been around for the last 20 years or so, and board certification has only been available since 2009.
Patients in Oregon hospitals rely on medical staff consisting of doctors, nurses, and other personnel to provide care. There is currently a nursing shortage in many parts of the country that is expected to continue as the baby boom generation ages and increases demands on health care workers and facilities. Sometimes nurses may find themselves in a situation in which they have too many individual patients to care for, and a study that has been published in an online medical journal found that the nurse-to-patient ratio may have a direct impact on the mortality rate of patients.