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A routine test ends in a medical negligence suit

People in Oregon know that periodic checkups with their physician are a good idea for helping to maintain good overall health. On occasion a checkup may result in a doctor requesting certain tests. The tests are required to check for the presence of disease or to rule out suspicions of disease. Typically, patients trust the doctors tasked with carrying out the tests to carry them out carefully and correctly. Failure to carry out a test carefully and accurately could result in a medical negligence case.

A female patient was referred to a hospital to have a CT scan administered. The doctor injected her with contrast dye, and the patient suffered an allergic reaction. She went into anaphylactic shock as a result of the reaction and became unconscious. The doctor did give her Benadryl but did not check her vital signs. He also did not give her epinephrine, which may have been able to save her life.

Failure to follow prescribing orders causes medical negligence

Construction workers in Oregon occasionally suffer serious injuries. Sometimes the injuries cause permanent damage that require continuous care and medication. A case of this nature has resulted in a case of medical negligence concerning a prescription pain medication.

A gentleman was seriously injured in a trench cave-in. The accident caused severe injuries that left the gentleman with a high level of pain. Doctors installed a morphine pump in his abdomen in order to give him a way to control his pain. There was a prescription in place for refills.

Concern about nursing negligence can cause feelings of guilt

Making the decision to have a loved one admitted to a nursing home in Oregon can be a decision fraught with guilt and doubt.  It is not a decision that is made lightly. When such a decision ultimately results in the death of the loved one due to possible nursing negligence on the part of the nursing home entrusted with the loved one's care, guilt and doubt may join feelings of anger and the desire for answers.

This is the situation in a recent case involving an elderly woman who was admitted to a nursing home in another state. Her daughter believes the nursing home is responsible for her mother's death a few months after being admitted to the home. When the woman passed away, she was suffering from bedsores, sepsis and pneumonia.

Nursing negligence can be a reality in nursing homes

Caring for elderly parents in Oregon can be a very difficult situation. Typically, one's parents are aging at the same time children are growing up. Children and aging parents end up needing more attention at the same time. Frequently, the situation is too much to handle. A nursing home may become the best solution but sadly nursing negligence does happen.

While many nursing homes may be very good and provide excellent care, there are exceptions. Additionally, even excellent nursing homes can have things go wrong. A recent case involved the care of an elderly gentleman.

Failure to diagnose leads to fatal case of whooping cough

When a young child appears to be ill in Oregon his or her parent will usually take the child to a doctor. A parent will have faith in the doctor's ability to diagnose what ails the child. Failure to diagnose an ailment is not the expected outcome.

A young mother took her infant to the doctor and requested that the baby be tested for pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The doctor declined to perform the test. The mother was also experiencing symptoms. Whooping cough is a common childhood illness.

If only crystal balls could prevent medical malpractice

As people age, concern for physical and mental well-being may increase. One of the most debilitating medical issues that can befall an older person in Oregon is a stroke. While not all strokes are debilitating, a minor stroke can be a warning sign that a more serious stroke may occur. Such may have been the case in a current medical malpractice case.

In Jan. 2016, a woman was seen at Sky Lakes Medical Center after suffering a stroke. The patient claims she was seen by a physician but was not prescribed any medication. She was told to return in three months.

Medical malpractice and compensation for a procedure gone wrong

When a person goes to a doctor for a procedure in Oregon, be it cosmetic or otherwise, he or she expects to receive the treatment prescribed. Such was not the case for a doctor who visited a neurology center. The doctor went there for what she described as a cosmetic procedure. What actually happened resulted in a medical malpractice case for which the woman is seeking compensation.

She visited the neurology center to receive "filler" injections in her face to reduce wrinkles. The neurology center told her the injections contained Restylane or Juvederm, both products approved by the FDA for such treatment. The patient later experienced a tumor growing where the injection had been. The mass was removed, and analysis of the mass revealed the presence of silicone, not Restylane or Juvederm.

False positives in cancer misdiagnosis

There are few things scarier than a person being told that he or she may have cancer. When a checkup results in additional testing to confirm or refute the diagnosis, the wait for results can be agonizing. When test results confirm the diagnosis, a person's fight to beat the cancer begins. But what if the test result is a false positive? A cancer misdiagnosis in Oregon can result in a tragic outcome.

In a recent study of 6,000 patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the researchers found an error rate of one in 71 tests. Approximately 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. Even with an error rate of about one percent, that can mean as many as 14,000 erroneous results. When erroneous test results lead to unnecessary treatment, the outcome can be devastating to the patient.

Alleged nursing negligence leads to charges

Its no secret that nurses are the true heroes of the medical world. Nurses are often single-handily responsible for the day-to-day care of patients. As patient occupancy increases in medical facilities in Oregon and across the country, the demand for nurses is on the rise. These days, the roles of nurses are even expanding beyond bedside care. Increasing demand combined with ever expanding roles and duties may be a reason for the spike in nursing negligence cases.

A nurse in another state has been hit with charges after alleged negligence. According to reports, one patient died and four others were permanently injured during a period of seven months, all were under care of the same nurse. One man in particular was allegedly left with severe and permanent brain damage as a result of the nurse's negligence.

Man seeks $7 million after cancer misdiagnosis

The survival of cancer patients in Oregon and across the country is almost always dependant on a correct and timely diagnosis. The diagnosis is usually the initial part of treating cancer, so any error during this stage can snowball into big problems in the later stages of treatment. A man in another state has filed a lawsuit against a surgeon after an alleged cancer misdiagnosis left the man permanently injured.

The man claims he was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery to remove the cancer. During surgery, it was allegedly found that the cancer was more widespread than originally thought. The lawsuit says that the man's renal system was damaged in the surgery and cancer still remained after his surgery. According to the lawsuit, the renal damage resulted in a kidney infection, which prevented the plaintiff from receiving radiation treatment necessary for the remaining cancer.