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Research could help reduce medical malpractice claims

Despite years of training and/or experience, doctors are still capable of making mistakes. Some of these mistakes lead to medical malpractice claims. It is these claims that are being researched by many hospitals and insurers around the country, perhaps including some here in Oregon, in order to identify any trends that could be addressed in an attempt to reduce the potential harm to patients.

Medical malpractice is a leading cause of death

Oregon residents go to hospitals in order to be diagnosed and treated for whatever ails them. Most people do not think that, in doing so, they will end up the victim of a serious medical error that could cost them their lives. Even so, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death here in the United States.

Plastic surgeon sued for medical malpractice

In many cases, plastic surgery is what is referred to as an elective surgery, performed to augment, enhance or somehow improve a patient's facial features or body parts. However, just because in many cases the procedures are not medically necessary, that does not mean that a surgeon here in Oregon or elsewhere should feel free to deceive his or patients by knowingly using substandard products that could potentially seriously injury or kill the patient. Doing would likely constitute medical malpractice.

What are the main sources of medical malpractice claims?

It is most likely safe to say that no one in Oregon expects to go see a doctor and end up in worse shape than when he or she sought medical assistance. Sadly, this happens more often than people are willing to admit. In fact, estimates indicate that only around 2.9 percent of people who are victims of medical malpractice seek compensation through the court system.

34 percent of medical malpractice claims are for surgical errors

Approximately 34 percent of all claims filed against doctors are for mistakes made during surgeries. Estimates indicate that errors occur once in every 10,000 procedures. Oregon readers might find it interesting that medical malpractice suits filed due to surgical errors cite mistakes such as operating on the wrong part of the body, leaving surgical materials in the patient and burns patients receive from surgical fires.

Medical malpractice claims against radiologists are common

One statistic indicates that as many as 90 percent of the country's radiologists will be the subject of at least one lawsuit by the time they reach the age of 65. Radiology ranks number eight among the medical professions that are likely to be implicated in a medical malpractice claim. This means that if an Oregon patient files such a claim, a radiologist could be part of it.

Do electronic record systems start or stop medical negligence?

There are pros and cons of nearly every electronic system. While an electronic record keeping system might work beautifully in an office for an administrator making the decision whether to purchase it, that same ease of use might disappear in a fast-paced emergency room. Many who work in this environment routinely would most likely qualify it as controlled chaos, which means that medical negligence is always possible. It appears that the new computer systems installed in emergency rooms across the country and here in Oregon could be disrupting the delicate balance needed for ERs to function properly.

Family claims medical malpractice in death of loved one

Oregon residents entrust the care of their family members to medical facilities and their personnel on a daily basis. If their loved one dies while under the care ofsuch a facility, it can raise numerous questions. If those questions are not satisfactorily answered, it could be because medical malpractice is the cause.

Medical malpractice settlement approved, couple will receive $5M

Many medical malpractice cases filed around the country, including many in Oregon, never make it to trial. The parties will often reach a settlement before that happens, which can save all of the parties involved the time and expense of a trial. Furthermore, one or more of the parties involved in a medical malpractice case might not want the case to go to trial because there would be no guaranteed outcome as there is with a settlement.