Medical malpractice can lead to a wrongful death. When it does, it's important that families know that they have a right to pursue a claim. Negligence or errors in a medical setting are simply unacceptable, since a patient's life depends on quality service.
People die from medical mistakes often enough that it's a problem in the medical system that has to be addressed. Since a report in 1999, the medical community has agreed that somewhere around 98,000 people die because of medical mistakes in hospitals every year. In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services raised that number and indicated that poor care at hospitals contributed to the deaths of around 180,000 patients on Medicare yearly.
What if you could make sure that no heart-failure patient had to return to the hospital unnecessarily? Doctors are at that point with a new invention that could help patients live their lives more freely. A news report from July 11 states that a new high-tech vest is the answer that could help stop deaths from heart problems.
If someone you love passes away due to mistakes made at a hospital or by a physician, then your family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim. One thing you may find troublesome is that there is physician-patient privilege that could make it hard to obtain your loved one's medical records.
When a patient's blood work clearly states that he or she has a clotting disorder or blood disorder, it's important for medical providers to take that seriously. Not doing so can lead to a patient bleeding profusely and potentially dying.
Medical malpractice is a serious concern for patients, because missing a diagnosis or failing to treat a patient properly can lead to serious injuries or death. When a patient dies due to a doctor's negligence, it's known as a wrongful death.
In a story that could just as easily occurred in Oregon, a teenager was on the wrestling team at his high school in Nov. 2010. During wrestling practice that month, he was injured. Within a year, the then 16-year-old was dead. The trial regarding the wrongful death claim filed by his family is now underway and is expected to last for approximately two weeks.
Oregon residents often go to doctors for ailments that are not life-threatening. They do not anticipate that they will end up hospitalized or that their lives will be in danger because of receiving treatment for them. However, on occasion, something goes horribly wrong, and a patient dies. A victim's surviving family members most likely never thought that they would be exercising their rights to file a wrongful death claim in the aftermath of what should have been considered a simple fix.
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.
Oregon readers may already be aware that what happens in the hours following a major surgery is crucial to a patient's recovery. For instance, after heart bypass surgery, it may be necessary to help oxygenate the patient's blood. This is often achieved using an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (EMCO), which circulates the blood. The machine can only do its work properly if those attending the patient are careful. In one wrongful death case in another state, a woman claim's her husband's death was caused by hospital negligence.