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Failure to diagnose back injury paralyzed software designer

A former software designer for Microsoft filed a medical malpractice suit in which he made a request that few people here in Oregon or elsewhere would have considered making. As would be expected, he requested and received a monetary settlement (approximately $20 million) from the hospital whose failure to diagnose his fractured back put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. What is unique about this designer is that he requested -- and received -- the right to work with the hospital that paralyzed him to determine where the breakdowns occurred that led to his permanent injury.

Nursing errors can be just as life-threatening as doctor errors

Many people in Oregon would agree that nurses are often the unsung heroes of the medical field. They are responsible for the day-to-day care of the patients in the nation's hospitals. Nurses often do more to improve a patient's health than any other person with whom they come into contact. This also means, however, that more chances exist for nursing errors to occur that can be just as life-threatening as mistakes made by doctors.

Woman says surgical errors caused her injuries

Most Oregon residents know that every surgical procedure comes with certain risks. Unfortunately, one of the risks that medical personnel tend not to highlight is the fact that surgical errors can occur. Doctors, nurses and other surgical staff are human, which means that there is always the potential for mistakes to be made.

New trial granted to couple suing over surgical errors

Some Oregon residents know that not all medical malpractice lawsuits go as planned. When people suffer from surgical errors and seek restitution for them through a lawsuit, they hope that everyone involved, including the judge and attorneys, will be professional. However, on occasion, mistakes are made, which often prompts one of the parties to file an appeal.

Identifying surgical errors can be complex

Surgical procedures are performed here in Oregon nearly every day with successful results. However, many patients experience issues in the days, weeks and even months following a procedure that they might not associate with the surgery right away. Identifying that surgical errors are responsible could be complex.