Recent Posts in Medical Malpractice Category

  • Failure to Diagnose Stroke Case by ER Physician at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

    || 2-Jun-2016

    Our 38-year-old client collapsed at home after carrying laundry down the stairs to the laundry room. Her children called for help. EMTs responded and called the case in as an “altered mental status and stroke.” After she arrived at the emergency room, she was seen by a resident and ER doctor. She underwent a CT scan, which did not show a bleed, so they did not suspect stroke. She was ...
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  • Damage Caps in Oregon Tort Claims Act Ruled Constitutional

    || 12-May-2016

    The Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled in a split decision that limits on damages to plaintiffs set by the Oregon Tort Claims Act are constitutional. Oregon state law caps damages owed by public bodies at $3 million. That means that even if a medical mistake results in $5 million in medical bills and future medical expenses, state law would still cap damages owed to the plaintiff at $3 million. ...
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  • Step-by-Step Guide for Medical Negligence Claims

    || 31-Mar-2016

    Have you ever wondered how a medical malpractice claim worked and how to file? Were you injured because of a negligent doctor and now you need to take legal action? At Paulson Coletti, we believe that individuals who have been injured as a result of medical negligence should be able to hold the medical professional or facility accountable for any damages sustained. Our Portland medical malpractice ...
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  • Portland's List of Top Doctors & Nurses

    || 12-Jan-2016

    Whether you are just signing up for medical insurance or you are already receiving treatment and just want a change, picking the right doctor and nurse is very important. Your choice will directly affect the type of care you receive. Does the doctor you choose have a good reputation? Have they had any disciplinary action against them? These are the things you will want to know before proceeding. ...
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  • Understanding Intubation Errors

    || 18-Nov-2015

    When emergencies arise and paramedics are called upon for medical assistance, they must make some crucial decisions in the field. Depending on the severity of the situation and the condition that an injured individual is in, there are various actions that may be taken to help remedy any potential dangers. Paramedics are tasked on making the difficult, quick decisions that could be the difference ...
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  • How to Detect a Medication Error

    || 9-Nov-2015

    It is an unfortunate situation, but medication errors are all too common in the medical field. There are a number of causes for this, but it is important that medical professionals are held accountable. They are responsible for protecting patients, thus prescribing the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, or conflicting medications can be dangerous. This can be considered medical malpractice. ...
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  • Paramedic Intubation Errors

    || 3-Nov-2015

    Paramedics represent a beacon of hope during moments of emergency. They are the ones dispatched to help injured individuals when there are calls for help. However, what happens when they do more harm than good? In the case of intubation procedures, that is usually the situation. Endotracheal Intubation (ETI) is a procedure where a plastic tube is placed into the windpipe (trachea) to help patients ...
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  • Dangers of Septic Shock

    || 26-Oct-2015

    Septic shock is the final stage of a condition called sepsis. Sepsis occurs when infections in the body are left untreated. This usually results in chills, weakness, and a high heart rate. When left unmonitored, sepsis turns into septic shock, which can be lethal. Septic shock is a preventable illness that can occur when hospitals and medical staff do not properly monitor infections or offer a ...
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  • Failure to Properly Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis

    || 20-Oct-2015

    Cystic fibrosis is a chronic and devastating disease that progressively gets worse as time goes on. It is an illness that primarily affects the lungs but can also have adverse effects on the livers, pancreas, and intestines. Because of a genetic defect, the body produces excessive amounts of mucus that can clog ducts and passages in the body. It causes problems with digestion and breathing and can ...
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  • Medication Errors

    || 16-Oct-2015

    It is estimated that one third of American adults take some form of prescription drug a day. It is very common for us to go to the doctor and be prescribed medication to treat whatever is ailing us. However, if not administered properly or if prescribed incorrectly, medication errors have the potential to cause lasting harm for patients. It is important that the doctor clearly prescribe the ...
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  • Medical Negligence Can Lead to Newborn Blindness

    || 28-Sep-2015

    Having a baby is a cause for great joy and anticipation. We all hope that our babies are happy and healthy. It is the hospital and physician’s responsibility to ensure a smooth labor and to anticipate any complication that may arise. When a baby is born prematurely, he or she faces many health risks. One of the top risks is developing Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). ROP is a treatable ...
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  • TPA Treatment for Ischemic Stroke May Result in Compartment Syndrome

    || 2-Sep-2015

    Drs. Todd Yip and Bart Demaerschalk conducted a study to determine if there was a connection between the treatment for ischemic strokes and compartment syndrome. With their patient, they did find a correlation between the two medical diagnoses. Ischemic strokes are normally caused by blood clots that prevent oxygenated blood from flowing to the brain. Such a stroke usually occurs because of high ...
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  • When PAP Smears Don't Pass the Test

    || 28-Jul-2015

    On average, American women start receiving PAP smears at the age of 21, to screen for warnings of cervical cancer. PAP smears are usually administered at least every three years, with 5% of all American women receiving the test during their physical. Many take precautions and get tested every year just to be safe. But what happens when annual PAP smear tests get misread and test results are ...
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  • 1 in 25 Patients Have Hospital-Acquired Infections

    || 15-Jul-2015

    A recent major survey compiled data from acute care hospitals throughout the nation, and found that at any given time, approximately one out of every 25 patients has a hospital-acquired infection. What are hospital-acquired infections (alternatively, healthcare associated infections )? These are infections patients contract while they are in the hospital. Common hospital-acquired infections ...
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  • Teladoc: Convenient, but Bad for Patient Safety

    || 13-May-2015

    Teladoc has been in hot water with the Texas Medical Board recently. The Board is imposing additional regulations to protect patients from the risk of inaccurate diagnoses. “How can a physician make an accurate diagnosis when they have no objective diagnostic data?” – That’s a great question, Texas Medical Board. We’re glad you asked. Teladoc is the nation’s ...
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  • Doctors, Insurance Coverage, and the Importance of Trusting Your Physician

    || 6-May-2015

    When doctors leave health plans, patients can be left scrambling to find a new physician. Finding the right doctor can be difficult enough, but getting to know that doctor and trusting them is even harder. How can you develop a relationship of trust with a new physician? It can take years to find the right doctor, and even years after that to feel like you have a solid relationship with that ...
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  • What Is Erb's Palsy?

    || 2-Mar-2015

    For parents of children born with this condition, the devastating effects of Erb’s palsy are all too familiar. Erb’s palsy is a type of birth defect that affects the neck, arm, hands and fingers. Erb’s is a specific type of brachial plexus palsy. Not all cases of Erb’s palsy are the result of some type of medical negligence, but some are. Continue reading for a breakdown of ...
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  • Research Shows Tort Reform Laws to be Harmful

    || 6-Nov-2014

    The topic of medical negligence has made front page news in recent weeks, specifically in states where patient safety has eroded due to strict immunity or “tort reform laws.” In a recent Huffington Post blog titled: “ How Tort ‘Reform’ Ruins Health Care for Everyone ” author Joanne Doroshow outlines new research that shows how the impact of “tort ...
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  • How to Choose an Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorney

    || 12-Jun-2014

    Medical mistakes and errors by medical professionals in the U.S. are responsible for 44,000 and 98,000 deaths each year. Medical negligence or medical malpractice as it’s commonly referred to, can range from misread x-rays, birth injuries, to improper use of a medical device or implants just to name a few. Sadly, these mistakes can result in permanent injuries or death. The injured and their ...
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  • When to Hire an Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

    || 15-May-2014

    Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, is more common than people think. A 1999 National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine report showed a conservative estimate of between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year due to medical negligence. A 2010 report by the Office of Inspector General at the Health and Human Services Department demonstrates that almost half of the ...
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  • No Liability Cap for OHSU Doctor

    || 11-Feb-2010

    There once was a liability cap in Oregon of $200,000 for public agencies, including the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). The cap was increased last year to $1.5 million. Caught in the middle of the liability cap reform was Ken Ackerman, a former television host and current realtor, who had sued neurosurgeon Dr. Alex West of OHSU for negligence after a 2003 surgery caused permanent damage. ...
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  • Almost Sterile Is Not Sterile Enough

    || 11-Dec-2009

    You know all those surgical tools and medical instruments, such as endoscopes and bronchoscopes, at doctors’ offices and hospitals? You probably also know they need to be properly sterilized to prevent infections and such. Unfortunately, there aren’t exactly a ton of sterilizers on the market, and one that is used by many hospitals, System 1 by Steris, has been slapped by the Food and ...
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  • When a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Lingers On

    || 19-Nov-2009

    Sorry, but here’s another nightmare story about an elderly patient who suffered extreme neglect at the nursing home paid to care for her. Alice Train suffered from dementia and diabetes but was otherwise mobile when she entered the Evergreen Milton-Freewater Health and Rehabilitation Center. Her condition dangerously deteriorated in less than two months and, according to the lawsuit filed ...
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  • No, Your Other Left

    || 3-Nov-2009

    I am always amazed when I hear about surgeries gone wrong, particularly surgeries in which the wrong limb or organ is operated upon. I mean, how hard is it to clearly mark the spot that needs to be addressed? I was recently at the hospital with my mother, who was undergoing a quick procedure that required her to be checked into the short-term surgical ward. Every single person who saw her asked ...
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  • Big Problems in the Big House

    || 20-Oct-2009

    Prison is punishment, but how far should that punishment go? Should prisoners expect certain rights and accommodations? Shouldn’t they be treated like human beings? Katherine Anderson (now Newcomb) may have wondered this as she served 17 months at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon, the state’s only women’s prison. Anderson nearly died of congestive heart failure as her ...
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