Physicians and all medical professionals in the state of Oregon have an obligation to treat patients with respect and care. However, doctors and nurses make mistakes like all humans. Medical mistakes happen every day and are more common than most people realize. Recently, a lawsuit was filed after alleged medical malpractice resulted in the death of a young mother in another state.
According to the lawsuit, the young mother died three days after delivering a healthy baby boy. Doctors stated the cause of death was pre-eclampsia. However, the plaintiff states the woman suffered a urinary tract infection and symptoms were ignored by medical providers, resulting in an infection that spread and caused organ failure in the young mother.
Allegations claim there were repeated warning signs of an infection but the patient never received the treatment she needed. The plaintiffs state that the victim's death could have been prevented if not for the negligent medical care. The lawsuit has since been settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Medical malpractice can be attributed to thousands of deaths and serious injuries each year across the United States. Unfortunately, when mistakes occur in the medical profession, the consequences can be debilitating and deadly. Despite years of training and experience, doctors and nurses are human. Oregon residents who believe they or a loved one have been a victim of negligent medical care have the right to pursue legal action. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in much-needed financial relief as well as a sense of justice for victims and their families.
Source: thetimes-tribune.com, "Malpractice suit over mother's death settled", James Halpin, Dec. 30, 2016