The death of a loved one is a devastating and traumatic experience. The trauma is magnified when a loved one is lost through the negligence of another party. Unfortunately, medical malpractice claims the lives of many Oregon residents each year. It occurs when a health-care provider does not provide the accepted standard of care in the treatment of a patient. Recently, a lawsuit was filed claiming that negligent care attributed to the death of a 3-year-old patient.
According to the victim's parents, two physicians negligently cared for their daughter, resulting in the child's death. The parents allege that the girl became ill with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and several other symptoms. After a trip to the emergency room, she was taken to the first physician. He reportedly told the parents that their child did not need to be transported to a local children's hospital. Also, according to a witness who testified during a preliminary hearing in the case, the first doctor failed to conduct a physical examination of the patient.
The care of the patient was then turned over to a second doctor who was reportedly on call, handled the care of the patient by phone and sent the little girl home. The situation took a turn for the worse a few days later when the child had to be airlifted to a children's hospital where she died as a result of multiple organ failure. It is alleged that the second doctor negligently handled care of the patient over the phone, never went to the bedside of the patient and never even sought the lab results regarding the patient.
Those living in Oregon who have lost a loved one as a result of medical malpractice are most likely suffering both emotionally and financially from the aftermath of such a horrible event. Unfortunately, negligence by health care providers happens more frequently than most people realize. By acquiring the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney, someone in this most unfortunate of circumstances can significantly increase the odds of being rewarded much-needed compensation as the result of a successfully litigated lawsuit.
Source: annistonstar.com, "Judge denies motions for judgment in medical malpractice suit", Kirsten Fiscus, Nov. 1, 2016