It's no secret that thousands of health-care patients are injured every year. Patients going in for surgeries and medical procedures place their lives in the hands of doctors and nurses. Unfortunately, while doctors and nurses in the state of Oregon are certified professionals, they are also human, and humans make mistakes. One such mistake allegedly happened to a woman in another state. She and her spouse recently filed a lawsuit, citing medical negligence.
According to the lawsuit, the woman was pregnant and went into labor. Allegedly, a nursing student incorrectly placed an epidural, which left the young mother suffering from severe headaches for weeks after giving birth. The headaches were so severe that the woman apparently had to spend most of those weeks lying down. Because of the headaches, the mother was unable to breastfeed and bond with her newborn, which eventually caused her to permanently lose the ability to breastfeed.
The plaintiffs assert that they expressed concerns to the hospital about a nursing student's participation in the epidural placement. However, the hospital apparently denied the student's participation and failed to record the procedure or the student's name. The plaintiffs claim that, as a result of the traumatic experience, the mother now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and parent-child relational problems, as well as a myriad of other physical, psychological and emotional problems.
When a patient is injured as a result of negligent medical care, legal action can be taken. Oregon residents who have been affected by medical negligence could benefit from seeking the services of a personal injury attorney experienced in handling medical malpractice claims. Damages awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit could provide victims with much-needed financial security to help ease any pain or suffering.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Couple blames CAMC, others for problems with woman's epidural", Kyla Asbury, March 24, 2017