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April 2019 Archives

Preventing surgical errors in Oregon

When people go to the hospital for an operation, they trust the surgeons and staff will treat the matter with the utmost professionalism and that everything will go according to plan. However, this does not always happen. Unfortunately, 32 patients lost their lives last year as the result of preventable surgical errors. Although this number is actually a decrease from the number of patients who died as a result of medical errors in years past, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission is working hard to reduce that number even more.

Family claims woman's death was due to medical negligence

One family in a nearby state is reeling from the loss of a young family member. Following the woman's death, the family has filed a lawsuit claiming medical negligence. Oregon families may be interested to learn that the lawsuit could result in payment of the patient's funeral and medical expenses.  

Removal of wrong prostate results in medical malpractice claim

Impotency is a devastating condition for many men in Oregon. The loss of one's inability to have an active intimate relationship can lead to depression, feelings of inadequacy, loss of masculinity and a severe decline in quality of life. Unfortunately, impotency is a risk associated with prostate removal, but there are few options when faced with cancer. One man filed a medical malpractice claim after finding out that his prostate was removed unnecessarily, leaving him impotent and incontinent.

Breast implant complications lead to medical malpractice lawsuit

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common types of cosmetic surgeries performed in Oregon and across the country. Nationwide, about 400,000 breast augmentations are performed each year. As with any surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure. Some patients report that they were thoroughly warned about possible complications, but many patients underwent the surgery without being informed about the potential serious risks they were facing. One woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, claiming that a medical provider failed repeatedly to identify complications she was having from breast implants she had received nearly 20 years prior.