Medical malpractice can take many forms. A recent story involving an Idaho doctor demonstrates the various settings in which potential medical negligence may arise.
Expectant mothers in Oregon usually expect the best medical care for prenatal health and childbirth. This is important because even the smallest of errors can result in injury to the mother and her child. Pregnancy-related injuries are not as uncommon as one may think. These injuries arise when a doctor or medical staff fails to properly assess and respond to complications during a woman's pregnancy and delivery. In many cases, such negligence may give rise to a medical malpractice claim.
Patients rely on the expertise of Oregon doctors and medical professionals to properly diagnose diseases and illnesses. Prompt treatment for patients is crucial, as they are putting their lives in the hands of healthcare providers. In some cases, healthcare providers overlook symptoms and fail to order tests resulting in misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose a life-threatening condition. This may lead to patient injury or even death.
Since a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine found that fatal medical errors affect nearly 98,000 people each year, a number of organizations have dedicated their efforts to promoting and understanding hospital patient safety in Oregon and across the country.
The healthcare industry in Oregon and the rest of the country is generally acknowledged to be in a major state of disarray. That's part of the inspiration behind such reform measures as the federal Affordable Care Act. Among the issues that gets a lot of rhetorical and media attention is that of civil litigation over claims of medical malpractice for such matters as doctor and hospital negligence resulting in injury, misdiagnoses and even wrongful death.
Oregon patients requiring emergency care may be at greater risk of injuries caused by emergency room negligence, based on an interpretation of a recently published study.
The stakes in a claim alleging birth injuries caused by a delayed caesarean section are substantial, as today's story illustrates.
Hernias are a fairly common condition in which one's intestines breach the wall of abdominal muscle meant to keep them in place. Anyone in Eugene who has ever tried to lift something too heavy, contorted him or herself oddly while playing sports or been in a traumatic accident might know the pain of a hernia all too well.
Undergoing a major surgery can be a scary prospect. Patients may fear the risk of complications during their procedures. Even after the surgery, patient may have concerns during their rehabilitation period, where serious infections such as sepsis may develop.
Medical errors can be caused by many factors. Previously cited culprits include unforeseen interactions between medications, increased stress on doctors, and perhaps even just old fashioned poor communication. A new addition to the list of medical malpractice contributors might surprise you: phone dictation.