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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.

Medical negligence: Brothers get $500,000 after father's death

Despite increasingly stringent rules and regulations, negligence in health care continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. Patients in Oregon have access to some of the best care available in the world. However, when humans are involved, there will always be errors. Two brothers in another state recently received a $500,000 settlement from a lawsuit they filed after alleged medical negligence contributed to the death of their father.

The brothers say that their father visited a VA medical center for treatment of mild pneumonia. Allegedly, their father was given the medication Ceftriaxone despite being allergic to the medication. The lawsuit claimed that the man submitted a list of prohibited medications prior to treatment.

Mother awarded $7 million after daughter suffers birth injury

Parents in Oregon understandably want the best care available for their children. From birth to adulthood, the lives of children can be greatly impacted by the level of health care they receive as they continue to grow and develop. Arguably, the most delicate time in any life is the moment of birth. Any mistake made during this crucial time may result in a birth injury that can have life-long effects on the child.

In another state, a mother was recently awarded $7 million from a lawsuit that was filed after birth injuries caused permanent brain damage in her daughter. It was claimed that, during pregnancy, the mother was admitted to the hospital after a membrane rupture. Her daughter was delivered a short time later, the lawsuit said.

Lawsuits allege medical negligence led to infections

Health regulations in Oregon and across the United States have made medical procedures safer than ever before. Regulations require medical staff to do things like properly clean and sterilize medical equipment to prevent infection and the spread of disease. However, these regulations only work if doctors, nurses and other medical personnel follow and obey these rules. Unfortunately, medical negligence can put patients at great risk and negate any goal that was to be achieved with safety regulations.

Recently, several lawsuits were filed against a clinic in another state after patients contracted diseases. In total, 15 lawsuits were filed by plaintiffs that all had cardiac stress tests done at the clinic. According to the lawsuits, the plaintiffs all tested positive for Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B after their visits to the clinic.

Incorrect use of robotic system results in surgical errors

Amazing technological advancements in the field of health care in recent years have made surgeries safer than ever before. Surgeries are even being performed by robotic systems these days. However, there is still a great deal of risk involved with any surgical procedure. In Oregon, patients have access to some of the greatest medical care found anywhere in the world. Despite world-renowned health care technology, surgical errors continue to occur.

A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after her doctor allegedly used a robotic surgery system incorrectly. Supposedly, the woman was scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy. It is alleged that the woman's physician used a robotic surgical system to perform the surgery, even though the plaintiff had several risk factors that should have prevented the use of the robotic system.

Woman claims nursing errors sent her to the intensive care unit

Traditionally, nurses in Oregon and around the world are thought of as physician assistants and the daily caretakers of medical patients. However, in today's world of health care, nurses are tasked with so much more. From sorting medications and electronically charting symptoms to just being there for emotional support, it's no secret that nurses play a vital and crucial role in the lives of their patients. However, since nurses today are responsible for such a wide range of duties, it is becoming more and more likely for nursing errors to occur.

A woman in another state filed a lawsuit against a hospital after an error in her insulin dose allegedly deteriorated her condition and sent her to intensive care. The suit says that the plaintiff was a patient at the defendant's facility and was injected with a dose of insulin that was too high. According to the lawsuit, the excessive insulin dose caused the plaintiff to lose consciousness and resulted in hypoglycemia.

Hundreds of suits filed against doctor for medical negligence

Each day in Oregon and across the United States, thousands of patients undergo surgical procedures. These patients place their lives in the hands of surgeons, physicians and nurses. It is understood that these well-trained medical professionals will treat the patient with care and perform their duties to the best of their abilities. However, medical negligence continues to happen. A cardiologist in another state allegedly performed multiple unnecessary surgeries and is now facing hundreds of lawsuits.

Most of these lawsuits allege that the cardiologist implanted patients with unnecessary heart devices. One particular lawsuit claims that the cardiologist convinced the plaintiff that he needed to have a cardiac defibrillator implanted. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was only 25 years old at the time.

Family awarded over $11 million in obstetrical malpractice suit

The birth of a baby is a process that must be handled with precision and care. Birth is arguably the most vulnerable time in a person's life. Mistakes made during the birthing process can have lifelong ramifications for both the mother and infant. Unfortunately, obstetrical malpractice is more common than most people realize in Oregon and around the country. A family in another state was recently awarded over $11 million from a lawsuit filed after their son suffered a brain injury due to alleged negligence during the birth.

The lawsuit asserted that a doctor used a vacuum and forceps to deliver the child despite several signs that the child needed to be delivered by cesarian section. Records indicated that the baby was large and facing the wrong direction. It was claimed that the child suffered bruises and contusions from the delivery and had to be hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Failure to diagnose cancer leads to injuries and a lawsuit

A timely diagnosis is one of the most important weapons in the fight against diseases such as cancer. A diagnosis is often the first step in treating cancer and any delay in the diagnosis process can result in permanent injury to the patient or even death. Even though patients in Oregon and across the country have access to some of the best medical technology the world has ever seen, this technology is useless if a diagnosis is never made in the first place. A failure to diagnose cancer can eliminate any chance for the patient to make a full recovery.

A lawsuit in another state details allegations of negligence after a pediatrician failed to diagnose a child's malignant tumor. The lawsuit, filed by the parents of the child, says that the child was examined by the defendant at least 13 times over a period of about six months and was repeatedly informed that the child suffered from a persistent fever. The plaintiffs claim they also asked the pediatrician to look at a swelling on the left buttock of the child. The swelling was examined several times, including by abdominal palpations, the plaintiffs claim.

Medical negligence can cause injury even in minor procedures

When it comes to surgery, even the most minor procedures should be handled with extreme care. Surgeons, doctors and all medical professionals must always remain focused as they literally hold the patients' lives in their hands. Medical professionals in Oregon and across the country have a duty to treat each patient with care, and any deviation from this level of care can result in injuries to the patient. Very routine and common tasks such as placing an IV line can significantly injure patients, especially when medical negligence is thrown into the equation. A woman in another state allegedly experienced this same scenario and she subsequently filed a lawsuit.

The lawsuit says that the woman was admitted to a hospital in another state for surgery. A hospital employee tried to place an IV line in the plaintiff's right saphenous vein, according to the suit. Allegedly, the IV was wrongly inserted, which resulted in injuries to the plaintiff.