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34 percent of medical malpractice claims are for surgical errors

Approximately 34 percent of all claims filed against doctors are for mistakes made during surgeries. Estimates indicate that errors occur once in every 10,000 procedures. Oregon readers might find it interesting that medical malpractice suits filed due to surgical errors cite mistakes such as operating on the wrong part of the body, leaving surgical materials in the patient and burns patients receive from surgical fires.

Did failure to diagnose cause woman's death?

The loss of a loved one can be devastating to surviving family members. If the death of that family member is believed to have been caused by a failure to diagnose or some other medical mistake, the desire to hold medical professionals here in Oregon or elsewhere responsible for not providing the appropriate level of care to their loved one could be overwhelming. Filing a medical malpractice suit could prove to be cathartic for grieving family members.

Medical malpractice claims against radiologists are common

One statistic indicates that as many as 90 percent of the country's radiologists will be the subject of at least one lawsuit by the time they reach the age of 65. Radiology ranks number eight among the medical professions that are likely to be implicated in a medical malpractice claim. This means that if an Oregon patient files such a claim, a radiologist could be part of it.

Do electronic record systems start or stop medical negligence?

There are pros and cons of nearly every electronic system. While an electronic record keeping system might work beautifully in an office for an administrator making the decision whether to purchase it, that same ease of use might disappear in a fast-paced emergency room. Many who work in this environment routinely would most likely qualify it as controlled chaos, which means that medical negligence is always possible. It appears that the new computer systems installed in emergency rooms across the country and here in Oregon could be disrupting the delicate balance needed for ERs to function properly.

Impairment on the job could constitute nursing negligence

Patients who are rushed into emergency surgery in an Oregon hospital expect that the doctors, nurses and other staff attending to them are competent, alert and in a position to perform their duties effectively and efficiently. Medical professionals often literally have the lives of their patients in their hands. Many things can lead to doctor or nursing negligence, but impairment should never be one of them.