One of the scariest things imaginable is to suddenly, without warning, become completely paralyzed. To abruptly fine oneself alone and unable to move with no idea what the problem is would be terrifying for anyone young or old, male or female, in Oregon or elsewhere. A man had that very thing happen to him one day a number of months ago, and now he is suing a hospital and two doctors for their failure to diagnose an abscess that led to his paralysis.
Most Oregon parents would agree that having a sick child is one of the hardest things they have ever dealt with. When children are sick, parents will do whatever it takes to try to make them better. Often that is a highly stressful situation as it can be very difficult to determine what the best course of action is. One mother regrets the decision she made when her toddler became sick. She blames the medical staff who treated the child for her daughter's death, and she recently settled a medical malpractice lawsuit she filed against them.
In Oregon and across the country, veterans turn to the Veteran's Administration for their medical needs. Health care is one of the benefits of serving in the military. Most would agree that veterans should have the highest level of health care available, but there seems to be frequent reports of substandard care at VA hospitals nationwide. One Navy veteran recently won a medical malpractice lawsuit against the VA doctor who left him with chronic issues from a surgery he performed while his license was limited in other states.
In hospitals across Oregon parents pace anxiously while going through one of the scariest things they will ever endure -- waiting while their children go through surgery. Parents of a little girl in another state had to endure that gut-wrenching wait multiple times after their 12-year-old had to have a heart transplant in 2007 and then an additional surgery to correct a problem in 2013. Their worst fears were realized when complications arose. The little girl, now a grown woman, has just been awarded $14 million in a medical malpractice suit against the doctors who provided her care.