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What patients can do if they are improperly diagnosed

It is often described as being a scary situation when an individual is ill, suffering an aliment or is seriously injured. Patients in Oregon rely on the expert knowledge of a physician or a surgeon to diagnose and treat these medical problems. Our firm understands that much trust is put in medical staff and when they fail to detect or diagnose a patient, the patient could suffer greatly. Whether it is new or worsened medical conditions that result, patients should understand their rights regarding this incident.

It is not uncommon for some symptoms of an illness or a disease to mimic those of another ailment. This is why it is important that medical professionals take the time necessary to discern these differences so they can accurately diagnose the patient. If they fail to detect symptoms or the specific ailment the patient is suffering, this could lead to worsened medical conditions, or even worse, could lead to their death.

Common ways to diagnose breast cancer

Throughout the month of October, marks breast cancer awareness month in the United States. Throughout the month, campaigns are undertaken to make women and men more aware of the dangers of breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. More women are diagnosed with breast cancer than any other type of cancer. Furthermore, it is the second highest cause of death in women --each year 40,000 women will die of breast cancer.

These sobering statistics make it very important that breast cancer be promptly and properly diagnosed by medical professionals. While self-breast exams can be helpful in detecting cancer, medical procedures are available that can help rule out cancer in a woman.

Hospital settles suit with Oregon women over doctor misconduct

People place extraordinary amounts of trust and faith into hospitals. Most people are not able to handle complex medical care on their own; therefore, people turn to these institutions when they are sick and need experts to help. In many cases, Oregon hospitals are able to handle people's medical needs to ensure that they recover. However, there are situations where hospitals fail their patients and people suffer.

In one Oregon case, an anesthesiologist has been convicted of sexually molesting patients that were in his care. At least 12 woman have accused the doctor of mistreatment and have sued the hospital as a result. The doctor was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2012 on rape charges related to this case.

Pregnancy-related injuries require specialized help and care

Having a baby can be a wonderful gift. However, it does not come without risks to the baby and to the mother. Like any medical condition, a pregnancy needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that you are not placed in harm's way. Prenatal care and proper monitoring is particularly important for pregnant women, since two lives are in the hands of the doctor.

With the right prenatal care, mothers can stay informed about their pregnancy. You can learn of any potential complications and treat any issues before they become a big deal. However, if doctors fail to monitor an expecting mother a fatal injury could occur. Negligent monitoring can lead to complications in the mother such as hypertension, gestational diabetes or premature birth. With the proper monitor, fetal abnormalities may also go undiagnosed and without proper treatment.

What are common causes of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S.?

Pregnancy and child birth is supposed to be an exciting time in your life. Welcoming a baby should be an exhilarating, special and magical time. However, when doctor errors cause pregnancy or birth trauma, pregnancy can be a nightmare. Injuries to mothers are common occurrences when doctors fail to take all necessary precautions to protect laboring women. In some cases, delivery room negligence can even lead to fatal injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2006 and 2010, the pregnancy-related death rate in the U.S. was an average of 16 fatalities per 100,000 births. This rate jumped to 34.4 deaths for every 100,000 births for African American women. Many Oregon families are likely wondering why and how so many woman died during pregnancy. The CDC says there were several common causes for this high mortality rate.

Doctor negligent in treatment of woman

Life is precious and can easily be lost. Injuries, disease and other medical ailments can quickly make a person's life very difficult. Oregon's doctors are often trusted to fix these issues and get people back in good health. In some cases it might not be possible to fix every problem, but doctors are expected not to make things worse.

However, not all doctors are good at what they do. Some doctors cause more harm than good. In some cases, doctors can even be responsible for a patient's death. In a recent case, a doctor has been found responsible for the deteriorating condition present in one woman. In this case, the woman complained of fatigue and pain.

Commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions

Oregon residents can have a variety of ailments that plague them. Some may be simple requiring no medical attention, while others can be complex medical conditions that require extensive treatment. In some cases, it can be difficult of everyday people to tell the difference. Therefore, people rely on doctors to give them a diagnosis. These professionals have the training and access to medical tests that are necessary in order to tell the difference between a benign problem and a serious medical disorder.

However, Oregon doctors often let people down in their treatment and diagnosis of a particular medical problem. In cases of a failure to diagnose, a patient can be left suffering from serious medical issues for much longer than they should have. As a result, patients may suffer from a worsened medical condition, permanent injuries or even death.

How many medical malpractice claims are made in Oregon?

Oregon residents expect that their doctors, nurses and other medical professionals will treat them with the utmost care. Medical professionals are supposed to be highly trained to recognize and treat complicated medical procedures using the newest technology and research. It can be devastating when doctors fail to meet or exceed this expectation. A doctor error can often result in serious injuries and death.

While some doctor mistakes are unavoidable, many are the result of negligence. Fatal accidents are not uncommon when doctors are negligent. These accidents can leave the families of accident victims reeling. They have to deal with the unexpected loss of a loved one and the legal consequences that follow. In order to receive some justice, a medical malpractice or wrongful death suit may be necessary.

Your child deserves a strong advocate following a birth injury

Most parents want the best for their children. They want their children to have more than they did growing up -- more fun, a better education, better healthcare and more. Many Oregon parents spend the duration of the woman's pregnancy preparing for birth and their new baby. They take classes, they read books, they research baby products and more, trying to be prepared to make all the best decisions once the baby is born.

However, no amount of research or work can prepare you for an unexpected birth injury. When a doctor or nurse whom you have trusted makes an error that changes your child forever, it is devastating. Everything that you have prepared for can change in an instant. Instead of worrying about which baby product to use, you can suddenly be in a situation where you are worrying about whether your child will ever walk, talk or live a normal life.

The dangers of asphyxia at birth

Welcoming a new baby is supposed to be a time of great happiness for Oregon families. However, most people rely on the expertise of doctors, nurses and hospital staff to ensure that their babies are born healthy and happy. When these medical professionals do not follow the correct procedures, fail to diagnose issues or use poor judgment, mistakes can happen that threaten the health and lives of both the mother and the baby.

Many birth injuries result in a lack of oxygen to the baby for a period of time. If a baby's brain or organs do not receive enough oxygen during birth, acids can build up in the cells, which can cause temporary or permanent damage. This can manifest for a number of different reasons including a long and difficult delivery, not enough oxygen in the mother's blood, umbilical cord problems and more. Such problems account for about four of every 1,000 births.

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