Every year, despite great advancements in patient safety and care, thousands of patients are injured or killed at the hands of medical professionals. Doctors and nurses in the state of Oregon and across the country are required to have years of schooling and on-the-job training, but they can still make mistakes. When mistakes happen during a procedure, the patient suffers the consequences. Recently in another state, a woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a procedure allegedly left her with brain damage.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor about 2 years ago. Even though these types of tumors grow very slowly, the lawsuit claims the plaintiff's doctor performed surgery to remove the tumor and part of her skull. Titanium mesh and screws were used to replace the removed skull. The lawsuit claims that, less than a month after the procedure, there was drainage from the incision and infection. The doctor should have replaced the titanium mesh but did not, the plaintiff claims.
A few months later, the plaintiff says her incision became very painful and that she started suffering severe daily headaches. She was soon admitted to the hospital and underwent a procedure to remove the titanium mesh. The lawsuit asserts that the titanium mesh was stuck to part of the membrane of her brain and caused severe blood loss when the mesh was removed. Allegedly, this resulted in the plaintiff suffering a stroke that left her with permanent brain damage.
Even today, negligence in the medical field is one of the main causes of death and injury in the United States. Oregon residents who believe they or their loved ones were harmed or killed due to substandard medical care have the right to take legal action. A successful medical malpractice lawsuit could provide much-needed financial relief.
Source: kcrg.com, "Woman asking for $6 million in medical malpractice claim against UIHC", June 2, 2017