Most people in Oregon would agree that losing an arm or leg can have a significant impact on someone's life. Suddenly, the person has to learn how to do many routine daily activities differently in order to compensate for the missing limb. The loss of a single limb can have life-altering consequences, so to lose all four limbs is almost unimaginable. This became a reality for a woman in another state who lost both arms and legs after being misdiagnosed at the hospital she went to for treatment. She sued for medical malpractice and has recently been awarded $21 million.
Nursing homes are a necessary part of life in Oregon and other states. Everyone would prefer to be able to continue living in their homes with their families, but often the need for extra care causes elderly people to need to enter a nursing home. The family hopes that the doctors and nurses that they have entrusted with the care of their loved one will be competent, caring and careful. An elderly man in another state was recently awarded over $600,000 in a medical malpractice lawsuit stemming from inadequate care he received while a resident at a nursing home in 2013.
Clinical trials are often a wonderful method of testing drugs and finding new treatment options. Many people in Oregon have been saved by being a subject in a clinical trial. Often subjects enroll in one either because they have exhausted their treatment options or because they are offered compensation for participation. Should a doctor or other medical professional be able to enroll a patient in a clinical trial without the person's consent? A woman in another state doesn't think so and is suing her hospital for medical malpractice because she became a subject in a clinical trial without her permission.
Chris Cornell entertained people in Oregon and all over the world as the lead singer of the popular bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. In May 2017 the world was stunned to learn that the singer had been found dead in his hotel room. Cornell had reportedly committed suicide by hanging. His widow has now filed a lawsuit against his doctor for medical malpractice, blaming the doctor for the star's death.
Doctors in Oregon and across the entire country have a tremendous amount of responsibility. They must have thorough knowledge of a vast variety of ailments, medicines and body systems. They must be meticulous in their diagnosis, treatment, communication and record-keeping. If any one of these items is neglected in any way someone's health can be compromised and the doctors may be held financially accountable. That is what happened to a doctor in another state who found himself accused of medical negligence in a wrongful death case.
There is an elevated level of respect that people tend to have for doctors in Oregon and across the country. Many view doctors as highly intelligent, professional and extremely competent. They are placed on a pedestal perhaps because their existence is so crucial, and people like to think of the ones they entrust with their very lives as somehow superhuman and incapable of mistakes. It is almost inconceivable that a doctor could make a huge mistake not only once, but twice. That is unfortunately the situation with a doctor in another state who faces medical malpractice accusations stemming from a mistake he made two different times with one patient.
The birth of a child is an eagerly awaited event in a family's life. When a child is born prematurely, complications can arise in Oregon hospitals. In a case in Michigan, a family sued the hospital where their son was born. The boy was born prematurely but had been diagnosed with kidney complications while still in utero. The jury in the case awarded the family $130 million in damages in the medical malpractice suit.
An Oregon family wished a relative luck as he was whisked away to the operating room for what was supposed to be a routine procedure. Sadly, the 62-year-old man's procedure did not go as expected. The man's family is suing the anesthesiologist and his practice for wrongful death and medical malpractice.
While being diagnosed with cancer is not necessarily the death sentence that it was in years past, it can still be terrifying. Recent advances have allowed doctors to check a person's DNA for cancer-carrying genes. This is used predominantly on women to ascertain the likelihood that a woman may contract breast, uterine or ovarian cancer. An error in identifying such genes led to a medical malpractice suit in Oregon.
People in Oregon know that periodic checkups with their physician are a good idea for helping to maintain good overall health. On occasion a checkup may result in a doctor requesting certain tests. The tests are required to check for the presence of disease or to rule out suspicions of disease. Typically, patients trust the doctors tasked with carrying out the tests to carry them out carefully and correctly. Failure to carry out a test carefully and accurately could result in a medical negligence case.