We put a lot of faith in our health professionals. When seeing a doctor, no matter if its just a routine evaluation or for something more serious, we are giving them our complete trust. Our lives are being put in their hands. Its the expectation that years of education, training, and experience will allow them to provide the best medical care currently available.
That being said it is important to keep in mind that doctors, no matter how much schooling they have, are human too and are prone to mistakes. But unlike some other professionals mistakes in this industry have severe consequences and the errors of a medical professional can seriously affect the lives of us in a negative way.
Everyone is the medical field is supposed to attain a high standard of care. There are certain rules, regulations, and specific procedures in place to make sure this happens. Everything from performing check-ups, prescribing medication, to finally doing complex surgery are to be done within strict guidelines. When they are not followed, for any reason (even when no harm is meant) the situation is defined as medical malpractice.
Its a a reality that repeats itself every single year. Thousands of patients are victims of error, no matter how unintentional it is, and suffer because of it. The end result could be mental suffering, retardation, physical damage to various body parts, or even death (see wrongful death). The nature and extent of the malpractice will depend on the procedure that was being done but it will usually end with the patient having to get additional help and medical treatment to not only fix the problem that should have been solved but also complications that came along with the mistake which was made. Lives and personal finances are badly affected by these situations.
Many people do not understand fully what medical malpractice is. Some examples of it include lack of informed consent, foreign objects left inside a person’s body after surgery, incorrect patient surgery, prescription medication errors, delayed diagnosis, and wrong diagnosis.
Federal and Oregon laws permit victims of medical malpractice to seek civil damages from an hospital, clinic, organization, or doctor in order to cover these damages. These cases are tried by personal injury lawyers and its their job to negotiate, argue, and litigate the maximum amount of money you are entitled to by law and by the overall situation. The more the medical malpractice affected your life the more compensation you are supposed to receive.
If you believe that you have been a victim of medical malpractice then it would be wise to start looking for “Oregon personal injury lawyers.” Tort law covers a wide range of things but this particular field is very detailed. Any attorney representing a client for a case like this should have extensive knowledge of medical procedures and be equipped to do a lot of research to effectively argue their case. Punitive damages can be from a modest couple thousands to tens of millions of dollars.