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If only crystal balls could prevent medical malpractice

As people age, concern for physical and mental well-being may increase. One of the most debilitating medical issues that can befall an older person in Oregon is a stroke. While not all strokes are debilitating, a minor stroke can be a warning sign that a more serious stroke may occur. Such may have been the case in a current medical malpractice case.

In Jan. 2016, a woman was seen at Sky Lakes Medical Center after suffering a stroke. The patient claims she was seen by a physician but was not prescribed any medication. She was told to return in three months.

The patient suffered a debilitating stroke less than a month later. The stroke left the patient with vision problems, speech problems and loss of cognitive ability. Sky Lakes is denying any wrongdoing on the part of the hospital or the physician.

There is no such thing as a crystal ball that can accurately predict a future outcome, not even in the medical field. People are therefore reliant on physicians to exercise their best judgment regarding patient care in order to optimize patient outcomes. If a person in Oregon is unsure of whether best judgement was exercised in a certain case, he or she may benefit from speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. The lawyer may be able to assist a person in determining if he or she has a viable claim.  If such a viable claim exists, the attorney can advise the person as to what is the best path to pursue.

Source: heraldnews.com, "Sky Lakes denies negligently causing stroke", Stephen Floyd, May 11, 2018

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