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Wrongful death suit filed after stomach stapled without consent

Many of Oregon's residents seek ways to help them lose weight. When dieting and exercise is not enough, these individuals turn to medications and surgical procedures. With a proven track record of success, such measures, when carried out appropriately, can significantly impact an individual's health for the better. However, when it comes to weight loss surgeries, just as with any operations, avoidable complications can arise that leaves a patient in grim danger.

One woman was killed in one of these instances, and her family has now filed a lawsuit against the hospital where she underwent her surgery. According to the family's wrongful death claim, the victim went in for surgery to have a gastric band removed from her stomach so she could consider other weight loss operations.

Oregon hospital sued for serious birth injuries

Life is a fragile thing, especially when a life is that of a newborn child. The birthing process, though a tough, yet joyous one, is often fraught with medical complexities. While some of these problems are unexpected and unavoidable, others are completely preventable. Sadly, sometimes mothers and their newborn babies are subjected to these preventable errors and serious injuries result.

Take the case of a recently filed lawsuit against a Silverton hospital. There, three families claim the hospital and its medical professionals were negligent in delivering their babies, causing their children to suffer irreversible brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Man loses use of left leg after doctor's failure to diagnose

Oregonians rightfully expect to be treated properly and effectively when they go to the doctor. Receiving such care, though, is entirely dependent upon being accurately diagnosed. Sometimes doctors struggle to diagnose complex diseases and illnesses that are themselves difficult to treat. Other times, though, these medical professionals fail to diagnose easily detectable conditions. When this happens, and a patient receives delayed treatment, he or she may be left irreparably harmed.

This happened recently to a man who went to the hospital and left without the use of his left leg. According to a lawsuit filed by the man, doctors failed to acquire the man's medical history, perform a proper examination, and to diagnose and treat acute arterial occlusion of his left leg. The condition may have been caught if doctors had ordered and properly read appropriate tests, but their failure to do so allowed the blood clotting disorder to progress to the point that the man was left with a worsened condition and without the use of his left leg.

Medical mistake may have caused woman to freeze to death

Many Oregon residents may have had nightmares of being buried alive or waking up in the middle of a medical procedure, but we often chalk those nightmares up as that, bad dreams. Yet, sometimes nightmares manifest themselves in reality. When this occurs in the medical context, the results can be devastating, causing death.

One family recently found his out and has filed a lawsuit against the hospital that allegedly killed an 80-year-old wife, mother and grandmother. According to the lawsuit, the victim went to the hospital to be treated for a heart attack, but was subsequently pronounced dead. However, the lawsuit claims the woman was prematurely pronounced dead, placed in a body bag and taken to the morgue.

Doctor's delayed treatment leaves man with brain damage

Medical professionals can truly seem to work miracles by stopping the progression of deadly medical conditions and even remedying some illnesses and injuries. Yet, successfully treating a patient is dependent upon accurately diagnosing a patient. Though many would be right in assuming this refers to one's overall condition or illness, it may also pertain to overlooked issues that can cause significant damage to a patient.

For example, a recently filed lawsuit against a doctor and the hospital at which he works claims the doctor failed to timely clear a patient's obstructed airway. The victim had been taken to the hospital after the car he was riding in struck a deer, causing him serious injuries. The doctor's delay in diagnosing the man's obstructed airway allegedly caused the victim permanent brain damage. The victim must now receive long-term care.

Family wins lawsuit after fatal medical mistake claims daughter

The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion. Yet, the birthing process is a fragile one, especially when a child is born prematurely. Medical professionals must rely on their education, training and experience to ensure these babies are treated safely and effectively. Sometimes, though, a medical mistake is made that can leave a newborn seriously injured or dead.

Sadly, one of these instances occurred recently, leaving an infant girl deceased. The child was and 34 weeks and was healthy at birth. In order to feed the baby, a nurse practitioner inserted a catheter into the child's umbilical cord. Though X-rays taken shortly after insertion showed the catheter's tip was in the child's heart, her doctor failed to notice and correct the mistake. As a result, fluid built up around the child's hearth, sending her into cardiac arrest. The newborn died a mere three days after her birth.

Doctor's over-prescription causes woman's death

One of the best ways for doctors to combat medical conditions is to prescribe medications. Though many of these drugs work, their effectiveness is based on the patient receiving the appropriate dosage. When a medical professional gives a patient too little or too much of a medicine, the patient may suffer serious harm, including permanent disability and even death.

Oregon residents may have heard about a family in another state that has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor, a pharmacy and a pharmacist after allegedly over-prescribing the painkiller Fentanyl. The drug, which often comes in patch-form, was given to the victim to treat her continual back pain. However, after using only her second patch, the woman died. According to the lawsuit, the woman was intolerant to the drug, which the defendants should have realized. The claim alleges the woman was prescribed a dosage three times as large as the lowest strength, which was much more than the woman could tolerate. Additionally, the lawsuit claims the drug carries warning of the drug's effects on those who are intolerant, but medical professionals failed to heed those warnings.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed after heart attack mistreated

The emergency room can be life-saving. Experienced doctors and nurses typically make accurate diagnoses and treat them quickly and efficiently. Sometimes, though, medical mistakes are made and unsuspecting patients and their families fall victim. In addition to the obvious physical and emotional harm that can befall these individuals, financial losses can also have a devastating impact.

A family has recently filed a lawsuit against the hospital it believes is responsible for the death of a father and a husband. According to reports, the radio host went to the hospital with obvious signs of a heart attack, such as high blood pressure, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. Though he was quickly given an electrocardiogram, the victim's doctor failed to give the man the proper medication. Instead of giving him blood thinners, the doctor gave him a drug that lowered his blood pressure. This mistake disallowed the patient's heart from recovering, and may have ultimately led to his death.

Emergency room delay leaves girl with permanent disability

Every year, many Oregonians go to the emergency room expecting prompt medical care. Doctors and nurses often have to decide whose condition is most significant and requires the most immediate attention. Though this process is typically successful, sometimes an error can occur that has devastating consequences.

That was the scenario in one hospital emergency room when a nine-day-old infant was brought there by her parents and went untreated for hours. According to a lawsuit filed by the child's parents, the child fought to breathe while they waited. When doctors finally examined her it still took them two days to discover she had a defective heart. Doctors performed an emergency operation to untwist the child's aorta, but the lack of blood flow to her brain had already caused irreversible brain damage. The child, now 7-years-old, has trouble doing everyday tasks such walking using her hands. The family's lawsuit recently succeeded, awarding them more than $11 million.

Doctor sued for wrongful death after patient overdoses

Medications have become so common in our society that many patients take what is prescribed to them without much thought. In most cases, the results are positive as doctors have relied on their education, training and expertise to prescribe appropriate, effective drugs in the correct dosages. Sometimes, though, doctors make medication errors that can cause severe adverse effects and even death.

One family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor after he allegedly over-prescribed painkillers to woman who subsequently overdosed on them. Reports allege the doctor prescribed the victim 600 pills, which she took at her doctors bidding. The attorney for the family said a system error may have caused the mistake. Sadly, this is not the first fatal incident allegedly caused by the doctor. In fact, he now faces 81 felony counts related to overdoses that killed nine of his patients.

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