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Medical negligence: $4 million awarded to family of young mother

Most Oregon residents are not aware that negligence in the medical field is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. When medical negligence results in injury or death, legal action can be pursued. A family in another state was recently awarded $4 million from a lawsuit they filed after their family member died as a result of negligence. The deceased was a soon-to-be mother that died during child birth. The lawsuit claimed the woman's physicians and medical providers failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent the young mother's untimely death.

According to the lawsuit, the young lady became anemic during her pregnancy which meant she had an increased risk of death if she suffered bleeding. While undergoing a cesarean section, the patient suffered an injury to her bowel, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit claimed that this bowel injury caused the young mother to lose one-fourth of her blood.

Lawsuit filed after alleged nursing errors cause suffering

Nurses are often considered the heroes of the medical world. Traditionally, nurses assisted doctors during procedures and provided day-to-day personal care of patients. However, today's nurses fill these stereotypical roles while also being tasked with other things like keeping up with medications and medical charts. In addition to this added workload, nurses in Oregon and across America are often understaffed, so the tediousness of these tasks is often exacerbated by long, exhausting shifts. Grueling hours and increased work loads can result in nursing errors.

Recently, a woman in another state suffered injury and eventual death as a result of negligence by nursing staff and a lawsuit has been filed on her behalf. The woman was a resident at a long term care facility. According to the lawsuit, the woman experienced a fall, a urinary tract infection and suffered from several medical conditions while under the defendants' care.

Woman awarded nearly $5.8 million from medical malpractice suit

When undergoing a medical procedure, there is always a certain level of risk involved. These days, with educated and skilled medical professionals and highly advanced medical technology in place, surgical procedures are safer than ever before in Oregon and across the United States. Despite these advancements in patient safety and care, mistakes still occur far too often in the world of health care. A recent medical malpractice lawsuit in another state can offer hope to victims of negligence in the medical field.

A woman in another state was awarded nearly $5.8 million recently by a jury with regard to a lawsuit she filed after a medical procedure caused permanent damage to nerves in her throat. The plaintiff underwent a procedure to remove her thyroid and, during the procedure, suffered serious injuries to her throat. The injuries were so bad that the plaintiff had to have a tracheotomy, according to the lawsuit.

Woman seeks $10 million in damages in medical malpractice suit

Medical workers in Oregon and across the United States are trusted to care for literally thousands of patients each day. However, in today's world of health care, many doctors and nurses are forced to work long hours and are short staffed. This can contribute to mistakes and negligence during medical procedures. Tragically, when surgeons and physicians are careless and make errors during procedures, the patient has to live with the consequences. A lawsuit was recently filed in another state, citing medical malpractice after a physician allegedly caused permanent damage to a patient.

The lawsuit claims that a physician wrongly inserted an IUD-like device during surgery in the plaintiff. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff required surgery to remove uterine fibroids, and before the end of the surgery, the physician inserted a birth control device into the plaintiff. The plaintiff alleges that she told the physician that she wanted to remain fertile and did not want the device.

$2.65 settlement awarded to family in medical malpractice suit

Patient care and safety have become a top priority in hospitals and medical facilities across the nation. Despite this, statistics show that thousands of people in the United States are injured or killed each year due to medical malpractice. In the state of Oregon and across the country, those who believe they or their loved ones were harmed by substandard medical care have the right to take legal action. Recently, the family of a deceased man in another state received a settlement of $2.65 million as a result of a lawsuit they filed after the man died due to alleged negligence in a medical procedure.

According to the lawsuit, the man was admitted to the hospital for an endoscopy. Doctors were going to perform the procedure to remove a piece of chicken that was stuck in his throat, the lawsuit asserted. The lawsuit claimed that the man began to show signs of a stroke and was given the blood thinner heparin despite already being on two different blood thinning medications.

Alleged medical negligence leaves injuries after dental procedure

Like all medical professionals in the state of Oregon and around the country, dentists are required to treat their patients appropriately and with an acceptable standard of care. Dental patients often undergo complicated procedures that require anesthesia, so they place their trust and their lives in the hands of dentists. However, dentists, like doctors, can commit medical negligence. When negligence occurs in the field of dentistry, the affected patients can be left with permanent disfigurement and substantial injuries. A woman in another state has filed a lawsuit over claims that was left with permanent injuries after a fairly routine dental procedure.

The lawsuit claims the woman visited the defendant for a routine root canal procedure. During the procedure, the woman claims she was injected with sodium hypochlorite in the tissue surrounding her mouth. This injection caused facial nerve damage, the lawsuit alleges.

Jury awards woman more than $3 million after failure to diagnose

When patients in Oregon go for a medical procedure, they place their trust and lives in the hands of doctors and nurses. Unfortunately, medical professionals can make mistakes and betray the trust of patients. Timing is absolutely crucial when it comes to the successful treatment of patients. A failure to diagnose a disease can delay vital treatment and endanger the life of the patient. A woman in another state was recently awarded over $3 million from a lawsuit she filed after doctors allegedly delayed in diagnosing her with breast cancer.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that doctors were negligent in failing to diagnose her cancer in a timely manner. Allegedly, the plaintiff went for multiple mammograms over a two-year period in 2012 and 2013, and doctors concluded that there were no suspicious malignancies. Instead, her doctors only recommended annual checkups, the lawsuit claimed.

Family awarded $20 million in historic medical malpractice suit

Thousands of health care patients are injured every year across the country due to human error. When mistakes occur in the medical field, the consequences can alter the lives of all those involved. Doctors and nurses in Oregon are well-trained and skilled professionals, but mistakes will still happen. A woman in another state died after giving birth due to alleged negligent medical care, and her husband and family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

According to the lawsuit, the woman was discharged to her home not long after giving birth only to return to the hospital with nausea and a fever. The plaintiffs contended that the emergency room personnel ignored lab tests that showed that the woman had sepsis. Instead of keeping the woman and treating her infection, she was sent home.

Father's death attributed to nursing negligence

Nurses are traditionally seen as apron-wearing doctor's assistants that manage the basic bedside care of medical patients. However, today's nurses are tasked with not only overseeing the day-to-day needs of patients, but they are also responsible for coordinating patient care and are making increasingly complex clinical decisions that used to be made by doctors. An aging population in Oregon and across the country continues to increase patient volumes, which in turn creates increased workloads for understaffed nurses. This is a major factor that can contribute to mistakes or even negligence. Two brothers in another state recently filed a lawsuit after their father died due to alleged nursing negligence.

The brothers claim that negligent care at a hospital caused the death of their father. According to the lawsuit, the father suffered a broken leg from a fall at his home and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The father was admitted to the hospital, as it was determined he also suffered from diabetes, renal failure and dementia. During his stay at the hospital, the man apparently had his leg amputated. It is alleged that negligent care caused bed sores as big as fists to develop on the man's backside.

Family of medical negligence victim awarded $3.5 million

Losing a loved one is an emotional and devastating experience that no person wants to face. When a loved one is lost due to no fault of their own, the experience can become incredibly traumatic. Patient safety has become a top priority not only in hospitals in Oregon, but in medical facilities across the country. However, thousands of health care patients are injured or die each year due to medical negligence.  Recently, a family of a deceased mother in another state was awarded $3.5 million from a settlement in a lawsuit.

According to the suit, the now deceased woman was admitted to a hospital after complaining of severe pain in her left arm. A cardiac evaluation was ordered by medical staff, as well as a cardiac catheterization to see if the woman had any blocked arteries. The plaintiffs claimed that the woman's physician cancelled the catheterization and failed to reschedule it. The catheterization would've been the only procedure to definitively show if the woman was suffering a heart attack, the lawsuit claimed.