According to statistics, negligence in the medical field is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this frightening statistic. Luckily, Oregon is home to some of the most skilled and qualified doctors and nurses in the country, so most patients are well taken care of. However, medical negligence continues to occur, and the consequences can be profound and life-altering for those affected. A child in another state suffered brain damage due to alleged negligent care, and the family has filed a lawsuit.
The child's family is suing a medical center in another state after they claim their 2-year-old daughter suffered permanent brain injury due to negligence. The child underwent a routine dental procedure that required general anesthesia to repair an abscessed tooth, the lawsuit claims. The family alleges that, while under anesthesia, their daughter experienced complications and stopped breathing. The plaintiffs also claim that their daughter lost her pulse at one point and had to be revived with chest compressions. Allegedly, she also had to be given an endotracheal tube while in surgery.
According to the lawsuit, immediately following the surgery the plaintiff's daughter was transported to the PICU unit and placed on a ventilator for several days. The family claims the hospital staff failed to adequately communicate with them about the status of their daughter so they transferred the child to a children's hospital. The lawsuit claims that, several weeks later, the child was discharged with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia. The brain damage was caused by the lack of oxygen to her brain in the minutes before her surgery procedure and during her resuscitation efforts and could have been avoided, the plaintiffs claim. The family is seeking collective and punitive damages.
Despite advancements in medical technology and patient safety, negligence still happens at an alarming rate in medical facilities across the country. Oregon residents who believe they or their loved ones were harmed or killed due to medical negligence can take legal action. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide victims and families with financial compensation to help them through this difficult time.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Expedition Trust Company blames CAMC for child???s brain injury", Kyla Asbury, Aug. 4, 2017