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.
Construction workers in Oregon occasionally suffer serious injuries. Sometimes the injuries cause permanent damage that require continuous care and medication. A case of this nature has resulted in a case of medical negligence concerning a prescription pain medication.
As people age, concern for physical and mental well-being may increase. One of the most debilitating medical issues that can befall an older person in Oregon is a stroke. While not all strokes are debilitating, a minor stroke can be a warning sign that a more serious stroke may occur. Such may have been the case in a current medical malpractice case.
Despite increasingly stringent rules and regulations, negligence in health care continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. Patients in Oregon have access to some of the best care available in the world. However, when humans are involved, there will always be errors. Two brothers in another state recently received a $500,000 settlement from a lawsuit they filed after alleged medical negligence contributed to the death of their father.
Health regulations in Oregon and across the United States have made medical procedures safer than ever before. Regulations require medical staff to do things like properly clean and sterilize medical equipment to prevent infection and the spread of disease. However, these regulations only work if doctors, nurses and other medical personnel follow and obey these rules. Unfortunately, medical negligence can put patients at great risk and negate any goal that was to be achieved with safety regulations.
Each day in Oregon and across the United States, thousands of patients undergo surgical procedures. These patients place their lives in the hands of surgeons, physicians and nurses. It is understood that these well-trained medical professionals will treat the patient with care and perform their duties to the best of their abilities. However, medical negligence continues to happen. A cardiologist in another state allegedly performed multiple unnecessary surgeries and is now facing hundreds of lawsuits.