In the state of Oregon and all across the country, doctors have a duty to treat patients with an acceptable standard of care. Patients trust doctors and medical staff to provide them with the best possible treatment. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is more common than many people realize. When negligence occurs in the medical profession, the consequences can be debilitating and even deadly. A man in another state was recently awarded $20 million from a lawsuit filed after a misdiagnosis left him permanently impaired.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff visited the emergency room at a local hospital, complaining of dizziness, headache, vomiting and other symptoms. The plaintiff claimed that even though his symptoms warranted a CT scan, the hospital checked his vitals, gave him some medication and sent him home. Two days after the emergency room visit, the man collapsed at his workplace. It was later determined that he suffered a ruptured aneurysm.
Unfortunately, the aneurysm caused permanent damage. The man now suffers cognitive dysfunction as well as memory loss. According to the man's claim, due to his symptoms, he should have received a CT scan during his initial emergency room visit. The scan could have possibly shown enough evidence to treat the impending aneurysm.
When a doctor or medical professional makes a mistake, it can be costly, both physically and financially. However, victims have every right to take legal action and file a lawsuit. Many such medical malpractice lawsuits are resolved with a negotiated settlement. Oregon residents who have suffered as a result of negligent medical care deserve to receive compensation that a successfully litigated lawsuit can provide.
Source: dailyherald.com, "Central DuPage Hospital settles malpractice lawsuit for $20 million", Jessica Cilella, Nov. 22, 2016