Doctors and medical professionals are often seen as some of the smartest members of society. It takes years of schooling, constant training and more than just intelligence to be a good doctor. Nevertheless, medical mistakes are made every day in Oregon and elsewhere. While some errors are insignificant, others can completely change lives. Recently, a jury awarded a quarter of a million dollars to the family of a man from another state who died as a result of medical malpractice.
The victim's family filed the lawsuit against a well-known hospital in another state, claiming it was negligent in caring for the victim. According to the lawsuit, a man was rushed to the emergency room complaining of unexplained weight gain and shortness of breath. He was then admitted to the hospital for treatment of congestive heart failure.
During the first night, the man's condition took a turn for the worse, and arrangements were made to transfer him to a critical care unit for further treatment. It is alleged that the time-sensitive transfer took 11 hours, and the patient became unresponsive. He then had to be intubated and remained unconscious until his death 11 days later.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Thousands of families suffer every year. Oregon families that have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice could greatly benefit from seeking the services of an experienced attorney. Even though a monetary judgment will not bring a loved one back to life, it could help families cope with the financial losses as well as pain and suffering that comes with losing a family member.
Source: telegram.com, "Jury finds malpractice in UMass Memorial lawsuit", Gary V. Murray, Dec. 27, 2016