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.
Medical malpractice can cause serious and irreparable harm to Oregon patients. For this reason, it may come as a surprise to learn that thousands of doctors responsible for hospital staff negligence still have their licenses to practice medicine. Despite fatal errors and medical malpractice lawsuits, these physicians have gone unpunished by state medical boards.
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.
In one of the largest medical malpractice settlements in the state's history, the University of Washington has been ordered by a judge to pay $15 million to settle a young girl's malpractice suit. The 8-year-old young girl suffered permanent brain damage as a result of hospital staff negligence.
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.
Readers of our Eugene medical malpractice blog may be aware that earlier this year, a bill was signed into law by Governor John Kitzhaber to create a voluntary medical liability reform program. The aim of the program is to give healthcare providers and patients a confidential conversation when events that could lead to a medical malpractice claim occur. The presence of a mediator can be requested as the parties attempt to reach a resolution of the matter.
Oregon's hospitals are supposed to be a place of healing. But what if a hospital puts its bottom-line over its patients? In that case, hospital negligence is likely to occur.
Oregon patients put all their trust into a hospital the minute they walk into its doors. Most people have very limited medical knowledge and rely on the hospital to provide the absolute best care available. Unfortunately, hospitals often fail to live up to these expectations -- errors are made, and people get hurt. In fact, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services claims that in 2010 up to one in seven Medicare patients were subject to some sort of medical error during a hospital stay including infections and being given incorrect medications.