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.
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 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.
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.
Most would be shocked to hear that the third leading cause of death in the United States is medical negligence. It is estimated that over 200,000 deaths can be attributed to medical errors. These startling statistics bring to light the fact that doctor mistakes are not as uncommon as most would like to think. There are new victims daily here in Oregon and across the country. Here are some things someone who thinks he or she may be a victim of medical malpractice should do.
Losing a limb is a life-changing event. Whether that limb is an arm or a leg, the way one has to function to perform everyday tasks is changed. Thankfully, with the help of the advanced prosthetics available in Oregon today, many of its residents are living full, active lives after suffering the loss of a limb. A woman in another state is now adapting to life with a prosthetic leg after her medical malpractice case resulted in a $1 million settlement.
When a medical student in Oregon finally becomes a doctor, he or she takes an oath to uphold certain expectations regarding patient care. The doctor is to try to heal the sick, reduce suffering and do no harm. It is unthinkable that a doctor would purposely harm his patients, but a doctor in another state is facing medical malpractice claims for doing just that. In a shocking story that is continuing to unfold, that doctor is suspected of purposely ending the lives of at least 28 patients in his care.
Lifetime medical care is one of the benefits the veterans who have defended this country are entitled to due to their service. Each state, including Oregon, has numerous VA hospitals. One would hope that the medical care offered to veterans at these facilities is of the highest quality; however, sometimes it is not. More than a hundred veterans that visited a VA hospital in another state have been notified that they were the victims of medical malpractice.