Negligence can happen in all walks of life. Most of the time when negligence is experienced, the results are nothing more than an inconvenience. However, when negligence occurs in the field of health care, the consequences can be life-altering and even life-ending. Physicians, surgeons and all health care workers in Oregon are entrusted with the lives of their patients, and this responsibility may sometimes be taken for granted. A woman in another state recently lost her life as a result of alleged medical negligence, and her mother has filed a lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed against a medical facility in another state over allegations that the hospital neglected to tell the plaintiff that her daughter had a heart condition that eventually led to her daughters death. The daughter visited the emergency room of the hospital due to high blood pressure, the suit claims. Allegedly, she was prescribed medication, advised to follow-up with her doctor and released.
The plaintiff claims that her daughter returned to the emergency room only a few weeks later, complaining of chest pains. According to the lawsuit, the medical staff discharged the woman despite signs that she was having a heart attack, and the woman died later that day. The plaintiff holds the hospital and hospital staff responsible and claims her daughter's death could have been prevented if not for the alleged negligent care.
Tragically, thousands of lives are lost in Oregon and across the country each year due to substandard medical care and negligence. Those families that have lost a loved one due to medical negligence could take legal action by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. A successful claim could result in a monetary award to help ease the pain and suffering and provides restitution for other documented items of financial damage.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Physician, Reynolds Memorial Hospital named in suit after woman dies of cardiac issue", Philip Gonzales, Nov. 27, 2017