Most Oregon residents know that every surgical procedure comes with certain risks. Unfortunately, one of the risks that medical personnel tend not to highlight is the fact that surgical errors can occur. Doctors, nurses and other surgical staff are human, which means that there is always the potential for mistakes to be made.
Patients who are rushed into emergency surgery in an Oregon hospital expect that the doctors, nurses and other staff attending to them are competent, alert and in a position to perform their duties effectively and efficiently. Medical professionals often literally have the lives of their patients in their hands. Many things can lead to doctor or nursing negligence, but impairment should never be one of them.
One day in January, a man called 911 for his 47-year-old wife. By the end of that fateful day, his wife was dead. Now, her family is alleging that it was more than nursing negligence that led to her premature death, much as a family here in Oregon might.
Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times in any Oregon parent's life. When something goes wrong, it can be devastating and rob both the parents and the child of a normal life. If it turns out that nursing negligence caused injury to a child, it may be possible to seek restitution through the filing of a medical malpractice claim.
Oregon's nurses are a vital component of the medical community. They are responsible for many of the day-to-day functions of patient care and most of them work hard and have a difficult job. Therefore, when they make a mistake, it can result in the serious injury or death of a patient. Nursing negligence can have an adverse effect on the lives of patients and their families if left unchecked.
In 2013, a man lost his father, who was only 56 years old at the time of his death. As many Oregon residents do after the death of a loved one, he went through his father's home. He found an inordinate amount of prescription narcotics. Further inquiries led to the family filing a nursing negligence suit against the nurse practitioner who prescribed the medications and the facility for which she worked.
Oregon readers may not be aware that on Feb. 2011, a 71-year-old man from another state wandered out of a nursing home at approximately 4 a.m. He was found dead hours later. His family filed a nursing negligence claim in Jan. 2013.
Patient expectations may be highest with their doctors. However, hospital staff, therapists and other health care providers are all held accountable to a standard of care applicable to the medical industry. Accordingly, when a patient is harmed due to medical negligence, a claim of medical malpractice may be viable.
A contaminated medical instrument in a hospital setting can create a swath of patient injuries, as a recent story illustrates.
An attorney that focuses on medical malpractice lawsuits knows that medical negligence is defined by whether the treatment at issue fell below the professional standard in the relevant medical community. Thanks to digitization, the borders of that community may be expanding. At a minimum, a patient in a facility in the United States might expect the standard to be national, rather than local.