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Common causes of birth injuries

The birth of a baby should be an extraordinary time for a family. Welcoming a new member of a family should bring nothing but joy. But, for many families a birth injury turns a happy time into a family's worst nightmare. A birth injury can include any number of physical problems for an infant. They can include broken blood vessels, broken collarbones, facial nerve injuries or swelling of the face or head. More serious injuries -- including death -- can also occur.

In some cases, a family may never understand why a birth injury occurred. However, there are some common causes including problems with the mother or the baby. One common cause is the size of the baby. If the baby is too large a birth injury is more likely to occur. A birth injury can also occur if the baby is breach -- or not head down -- while in the birth canal.

What are the types of hospital-acquired infections?

When a patient in Oregon is injured or ill, they might be admitted to the hospital for treatment. These facilities provide the patient with around the clock care while they recover from an illness, receive treatment or recover from a surgery. While the hospital environment is often conducive towards the treatment and recovery of a patient, these facilities could also be the reason or cause for a hospital-acquired infection, which could lead to new ailments or worsened medical conditions.

Many question what are the different types of hospital acquired and how they occur. While modern technology and procedures often provide patients with the opportunity to safely recover in healthcare facilities, if proper steps are not carried out, serious infections could result. Common types of infections include bloodstream infections, catheter-associated UTIs and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

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.

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