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March 2016 Archives

Would an apology for surgical errors be enough?

There is a change happening across the country when it comes to errors made by medical professionals. Many hospitals around the country and here in Oregon have -- or are -- adopting new policies encouraging doctors, nurses and others to apologize to patients when a mistake happens and provide them with an explanation of what went wrong. There seems to be a drop in the number of medical malpractice claims filed in connection with diagnosis, treatment and surgical errors when this policy is instituted.

Mother sues for failure to diagnose birth defect

All most Oregon parents want is to know that their baby is born healthy, including fingers, toes and other body parts. Sadly, some parents are not given this gift, and their children are born with birth defects. In many cases, a birth defect can be corrected quickly unless a failure to diagnose occurs and treatment, including corrective surgery, is delayed.

Study says failure to diagnose is most common malpractice claim

Thousands of medical malpractice claims are filed each year across the country, including many here in Oregon. One physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, The Doctor Company, decided to conduct a study to determine the number one source of these claims. It was discovered that the failure to diagnose is the primary complaint by patients. 

An estimated 440,000 people die yearly from hospital negligence

Everyone makes mistakes. When doctors, nurses and other medical personnel make those mistakes, the consequences to patients in their care can be deadly. In fact, it is estimated that up to 440,000 people die each year due to doctor, nurse and/or hospital negligence. Some sources would recommend that patients here in Oregon and across the country be proactive in helping to reduce medical errors. However, not every patient has the opportunity to do so.

Proving damages in a wrongful death claim

There are generally two phases to every trial involving the loss of a loved one in which it is alleged that one or more parties' actions -- or inaction -- caused or contributed to that death. First, An Oregon court will determine liability of the defendants in the wrongful death claim. If that is established by appropriate evidence, it will then be necessary to prove the damages sought by the plaintiffs.

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