Patient care and safety have become a top priority in hospitals and medical facilities across the nation. Despite this, statistics show that thousands of people in the United States are injured or killed each year due to medical malpractice. In the state of Oregon and across the country, those who believe they or their loved ones were harmed by substandard medical care have the right to take legal action. Recently, the family of a deceased man in another state received a settlement of $2.65 million as a result of a lawsuit they filed after the man died due to alleged negligence in a medical procedure.
According to the lawsuit, the man was admitted to the hospital for an endoscopy. Doctors were going to perform the procedure to remove a piece of chicken that was stuck in his throat, the lawsuit asserted. The lawsuit claimed that the man began to show signs of a stroke and was given the blood thinner heparin despite already being on two different blood thinning medications.
The main suffered a brain bleed and died due to the medication, the lawsuit alleged. The family claimed that the medical staff was negligent and contributed to the man's death by giving him the heparin. The lawsuit name d a number of defendants, though the bulk of the settlement was paid by the insurer for one doctor.
Unfortunately, negligence in the medical field is one of the leading causes of death today in the United States. Negligent physicians and medical workers can be held accountable for their actions. Those in Oregon who feel they have been a victim of medical malpractice may benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable attorney. A successful lawsuit could provide victims with much-needed compensation as well as a sense of justice.
Source: norwichbulletin.com, "Ledyard man's family settles medical malpractice suit for $2.65 million", Ryan Blessing, Sept. 15, 2017