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Woman loses leg, gets $1 million in medical malpractice claim

Losing a limb is a life-changing event. Whether that limb is an arm or a leg, the way one has to function to perform everyday tasks is changed. Thankfully, with the help of the advanced prosthetics available in Oregon today, many of its residents are living full, active lives after suffering the loss of a limb. A woman in another state is now adapting to life with a prosthetic leg after her medical malpractice case resulted in a $1 million settlement.

In 2012 a woman went to a hospital due to a problem with her blood pressure medication. While in the emergency room, the doctor placed a catheter in her leg. He made a mistake, however, and placed the line in her artery instead of her vein. This mistake allowed the medication she received to severely damage her leg -- essentially killing it.

Doctor faces medical malpractice claims re many patient deaths

When a medical student in Oregon finally becomes a doctor, he or she takes an oath to uphold certain expectations regarding patient care. The doctor is to try to heal the sick, reduce suffering and do no harm. It is unthinkable that a doctor would purposely harm his patients, but a doctor in another state is facing medical malpractice claims for doing just that. In a shocking story that is continuing to unfold, that doctor is suspected of purposely ending the lives of at least 28 patients in his care.

On Oct. 25, the hospital where the doctor worked received a formal report about his patient care. Instead of being suspended, he continued to work at the hospital, seeing patients and directing their treatments. In November he was removed from patient care, and he was officially fired Dec. 5. The reason for his suspension was the discovery that the doctor had purposely been ending the lives of patients he felt would not survive their medical conditions.

Woman claims surgical errors caused bladder damage

Many people in Oregon and elsewhere have a fear of going to see a doctor. Some have irrational worries about needles or pain while others simply worry about what diagnosis they will receive. Most view doctors as a necessity of life and put their trust in doctors' abilities to help, while some still insist that seeing a doctor will only add to their lists of problems. One woman in another state can claim this to be true in her case after she suffered bladder damage from surgical errors during a laparoscopic procedure.

A woman was admitted to a hospital after complaining of severe pelvic pain. The doctor was to perform a diagnostic laparoscopy to determine the cause of her problem. During the procedure the doctor discovered she had adhesions and endometriosis, so she performed lysis of adhesions and cauterization of endometrial tissue. The procedure included removing a bladder adhesion.

More than a dozen vets file medical malpractice against VA doctor

Lifetime medical care is one of the benefits the veterans who have defended this country are entitled to due to their service. Each state, including Oregon, has numerous VA hospitals. One would hope that the medical care offered to veterans at these facilities is of the highest quality; however, sometimes it is not. More than a hundred veterans that visited a VA hospital in another state have been notified that they were the victims of medical malpractice.

Notices sent out by the VA informed patients that the services provided by a VA podiatrist did not meet the standards set for medical care. Between 2009 and 2016 the doctor performed unnecessary surgeries and followed improper surgical practices. As a result, many of his patients had unimproved or worsened medical conditions.

Medical malpractice filed after child dies from dental procedure

Children in Oregon and across the world are told every day that there is no reason to be scared of the dentist, and most of the time this is true. Normally, dental visits are some of the safest, least invasive medical procedures performed. Like any other medical field of practice, however, it is not without its risks, especially when anesthesia is involved. A family in another state has filed a medical malpractice claim after a 2-year-old child died following a dental procedure that may not have even been necessary.

The child had been taken to a dental office that was part of a large nationwide chain of dental practices. His family was told that he needed to have pulpotomies, or baby root canals, and crowns on his baby teeth. He was put under anesthesia, the procedure was performed and he was taken to recovery. The child never woke up. He was rushed to a local children's hospital where he died four days later.

Medical negligence: Doctor used own sperm for insemination

Infertility is a frustrating, heart-wrenching reality for many couples in Oregon and across the country. The desire to have a child, and the inability to achieve that dream, is one of the hardest challenges many people face. When there's nowhere left to turn, many couples put their dreams in the hands of fertility doctors with the hope and trust that the doctor will carefully and compassionately work to help them achieve their dream of becoming parents. One doctor apparently betrayed that trust and is being sued for medical negligence for taking advantage of a couple desperate to have a child of their own.

In 1977, a couple unable to have a child due to an irreversible vasectomy went to a gynecologist to have artificial insemination performed. The semen used was supposed to be that of a medical student who shared similar characteristics with the father-to-be and who had undergone testing to become medically cleared to be a donor. The process was a success, and in December of that year a baby girl was born.

Dentist who falsified credentials sued for medical malpractice

Anesthesia is one of the riskiest elements to any surgery because even when carefully administered there can be catastrophic side effects. Many patients have simply quit breathing when under general anesthesia. The expertise required for an anesthesiologist is so imperative that it is unthinkable that a doctor in Oregon or any other state would attempt administering anesthesia without proper training and experience. However, according to a recent medical malpractice lawsuit, that is exactly what happened.

In Oregon and other states, anyone administering anesthesia must be properly licensed to do so. There is a great deal of responsibility and risk involved, so extensive training is required to ensure patient safety. According to a recent medical malpractice lawsuit, a dentist in another state fraudulently obtained a permit using falsified documents to administer anesthesia. The dentists also forged signatures and even submitted fake degrees that he produced himself. The permit he obtained is the highest level offered, allowing him to utilize general anesthesia which would completely put his patients to sleep.

Veteran's widow awarded $800,000 for VA medical malpractice

When a person checks into an Oregon hospital for treatment, he or she does so with faith that the medical staff is competent and armed with a thorough knowledge of ailments, treatments and care. It is assumed that the staff would be careful and educated enough to correctly give medications and be familiar with their uses and interactions. This was not so for the medical staff at one VA hospital in another state where a veteran was repeatedly given the wrong medication. That mistake caused severe damage that took the man's life, so his widow filed a medical malpractice claim against the government and was recently awarded $800,000 for her loss.

Last year, a 64-year-old Air Force veteran checked into a VA hospital for treatment for nausea and vomiting. He was prescribed a medication called filgrastim, which promotes the growth of white blood cells. Instead, he was actually given multiple injections of a drug with a similar name, pegfilgrastim. The drug he was prescribed can be administered daily, while the drug he was actually given cannot.

Soldier suing government for failure to diagnose cancer

After being shot in the chest by a sniper's bullet in 2004, one would think that the soldier had experienced the worst lung-related injury he would ever have to endure. Unfortunately for one Green Beret, that was not the case. He recovered from his war wound, and 13 years later began his real struggle to breathe. This Army sergeant, who nearly lost his life on the battle field fighting for the freedom of the citizens of Oregon and the rest of the country, is going to instead lose his life to cancer. Before it takes his last breath away, he is suing the government for the military physician's failure to diagnose cancer until it was too late to save his life.

In Jan. 2017 the sergeant had a routine CT scan at an Army hospital and was told he was well. Soon, he started having breathing trouble and was even rushed to the emergency room at the Army medical center where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and sent home. His condition worsened with coughing, wheezing, bleeding and feelings of drowning. After months of suffering and begging for answers he finally was able to see a civilian doctor. In June the soldier quickly received the news that would bring his world crashing down -- terminal stage four lung cancer.

Woman awarded $21 million in medical malpractice case

Most people in Oregon would agree that losing an arm or leg can have a significant impact on someone's life. Suddenly, the person has to learn how to do many routine daily activities differently in order to compensate for the missing limb. The loss of a single limb can have life-altering consequences, so to lose all four limbs is almost unimaginable. This became a reality for a woman in another state who lost both arms and legs after being misdiagnosed at the hospital she went to for treatment. She sued for medical malpractice and has recently been awarded $21 million.

A woman went to a Native American hospital for treatment in 2011, but her condition was misdiagnosed. She was treated for shingles, but she actually had a skin infection and was also in the beginning stages of sepsis. The woman was released only to return to the hospital days later in very serious condition due to septic shock. Her condition deteriorated so badly that she developed gangrene and had to have all four limbs amputated to save her life.