The tendency to make mistakes is a defining flaw of the human race. All mistakes have consequences, but when mistakes occur in the medical field, the consequences can be life altering. Most Oregon citizens are not aware that medical negligence is a leading cause of death and serious injury in the United States. When a patient is seriously injured or suffers unnecessarily at the hand of medical professionals, legal action can be taken. A man in another state was recently awarded over $2.5 million in damages after negligent care almost cost him his life.
The man, an 18-year Army veteran, developed health problems a few years after being honorably discharged. He was finally able to be examined after a nearly six month wait, and a nurse practitioner found some abnormalities during a prostate exam. After the exam, however, no follow up was scheduled and no further treatment was provided.
One year later, the man learned that he had developed advanced stage prostate cancer. According to the lawsuit, the prostate cancer could have been cured had it been diagnosed and treated when the abnormalities were first discovered. The lawsuit accused the medical facility of failure to provide timely and competent medical care to the plaintiff. The man won the lawsuit and was rewarded handsomely for his suffering.
Incompetence in the medical field can have life threatening consequences for victims and should not be taken lightly. Any Oregon citizen that suffers injury or the loss of a loved one due to medical negligence would greatly benefit from seeking the services of an experienced, personal injury attorney. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in vital compensation as well as a sense of justice.
Source: businesswire.com, "Military Veteran Wins $2.5 Million Verdict in Medical Negligence Lawsuit Against the VA", March 6, 2017