Acts of medical malpractice often leave long-lasting emotional and physical wounds. A misdiagnosis can result in delayed treatment and irreversible damage. A mistake during surgery can cause unsuspecting Oregon patients to suffer from permanent injuries. This was the unfortunate experience of one woman, whose botched surgery resulted in a leg amputation and other serious injuries.
Medical malpractice and hospital mistakes can turn a routine surgical procedure into a nightmare for Eugene residents. Victims of malpractice often find the experience to be emotionally traumatizing, making it difficult to trust fully in the medical profession. Hospital negligence can also cause serious, life-long injuries to otherwise healthy patients. Permanent injuries may require long-term rehabilitative care that can be both strenuous and costly.
Some Oregonians hesitate before going to the doctor. They might fear needles, medications, operations, and learning of a dangerous medical condition. Yet, receiving proper medical care can be life-saving, especially when doctors rely on their years of specialized training and experience. Despite all this training, though, medical professionals make mistakes. When these errors occur, a patient can be severely injured in a way that leads to the need for long-term care. In some instances the patient is left with a permanent disability. One woman now faces this fate, and Oregonians should take note of what can be done legally should such a mishap strike them.
Medical malpractice claims are often thought of in the context of hospital and doctor mistakes. Hospital negligence can certainly cause serious damage to patients, but Oregonians are at risk of malpractice in many other circumstances. The potential dangers to patients are highlighted as state regulators examine the safety of medical-laser centers.
Followers of our Oregon medical malpractice blog will be interested to learn that a Multnomah County jury recently reached a verdict in a malpractice suit filed against OHSU Hospital. The jury unanimously ordered the hospital to pay a family $12 million over a botched operation on a young boy. Medical mistakes made by doctors during the 9-month-old's liver operation in 2009 forced the boy to have an emergency liver transplant. The "catastrophic" mistake by doctors nearly resulted in the baby's death, and he had to undergo several additional surgeries to repair the damage.
Emergency rooms are perhaps one of the most vulnerable places for Oregonians when it comes to misdiagnosis and other acts of malpractice. By their nature, ERs are a place sought by patients who need medical care on an emergency basis. This can be a breeding ground for Hospital negligence claims as doctors and other medical staff make mistakes when rushing to care for patients, or doing so without a complete understanding of a patient's medical history.
In a story that our Eugene medical malpractice blog continues to follow, the family of a girl severely burned at the Doernbecher Children's Hospital has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the medical facility. Readers of our blog may recall the events leading up to the fire caused by hand sanitizer. The young girl had been admitted to the hospital after passing out at school. She suffered second- and third-degree burns in the fire after being admitted to the hospital.
Medical malpractice claims in Oregon are often associated with doctors, nurses and hospital facilities. However, malpractice is not limited to hospital negligence. It encompasses a wide range of wrongful actions, including those of dentists. In one such case, more than two dozen patients of a former dentist have recently succeeded in their malpractice lawsuits. In arbitration, they have been awarded $35 million.
Readers of our Eugene medical malpractice blog may be interested to learn the facts surrounding an oncologist that treated patients with unapproved foreign cancer drugs. The doctor recently pleaded guilty to several charges, including purchasing a cancer drug from Canada. In addition to treating his patients with unapproved foreign drugs, he also fraudulently billed Medicare around $1.7 million.
The victims of hospital negligence and medical malpractice in Oregon often feel a loss of trust for the medical system and doctors. Victims may also fee a loss of control when mistakes happen for seemingly unapparent reasons. A medical malpractice claim can be a way to hold doctors and nurses responsible for hospital negligence, while allowing victims to regain some sense of control over the situation.