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October 2016 Archives

Failure to diagnose blood clot cost young woman her leg

At 18 years old, Oregon residents should be looking forward to the future. However, medical conditions can interfere with those futures, and young patients depend on doctors to figure out what is wrong and how to fix the issues. A failure to diagnose can quickly derail any plans for the future by causing permanent injuries or even death.

Can identifying medical negligence keep it from happening again?

Oregon residents might have seen media reports that errors by doctors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical negligence takes the lives of somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 patients each year. Numerous studies have been done to determine the mistakes that potentially make being under the care of a physician a hazard to patients' health.

Do doctors make good witnesses in medical malpractice cases?

Since an apology made by a doctor cannot be used against him or her in court here in Oregon, telling the truth could help a family deal with the situation. However, one retired doctor says that many people never get the truth -- and that extends to the doctors who testify on behalf of the doctor who is being sued for medical malpractice. He came forward recently to say that he once lied in court on behalf of a colleague because he was expected to do so.