Although doctors in Oregon are mostly highly skilled and highly trained professionals, they are also human and will make mistakes. While some mistakes are completely unexpected and unavoidable, others can be prevented and avoided. Mistakes in the clinical world can be greatly minimized by taking the necessary and proper precautions to protect patients. Unfortunately, when mistakes happen in the medical field, the patient suffers the consequences. A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit after alleged medical negligence left her permanently damaged.
The woman claims that doctors and surgeons mistakenly removed her breasts and uterus after telling her that she had cancer-causing genes. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff visited her OBGYN to have genetic testing done in order to see if she was at risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer. Allegedly, the tests showed that she had an 80 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer and a 50 percent chance of developing breast cancer. The lawsuit claims that doctors recommended that she have surgeries to remove her breasts and ovaries.
The woman agreed and underwent a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, the lawsuit says. After the surgeries, the woman learned that her doctors were wrong and her genetic tests were negative, allegedly. The woman accuses her doctors of negligence in misinterpreting the test results. She claims her surgeries were unnecessary and have damaged her for life. The plaintiff seeks $1.8 million in damages.
Mistakes happen in all walks of life. However, mistakes during surgery and other medical procedures can cause serious injury to patients, even death. Oregon residents who feel they have been a victim of medical negligence have the right to take legal action. A successful lawsuit could provide victims with a greatly needed monetary award to help with expenses accrued as a result of injuries.
Source: The Washington Post, "'Damaged for the rest of my life': Woman says surgeons mistakenly removed her breasts and uterus", Lindsey Bever, Oct. 24, 2017