What Is Medical Negligence?
A May 2013 article in Forbes magazine states that the top three causes of death in the United States are: 1) heart disease, 2) cancer, and 3) medical negligence, in that order. The article also reveals that more than $3 billion went to medical malpractice payments in 2012. In other words, medical negligence is a serious issue.
Medical negligence cases are serious and complicated
Medical malpractice or medical negligence is when a health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or pharmacist, fails to properly treat a medical condition, and that failure leads to injury or death. If the underlying medical problem was the cause of the injury or death, however, then the provider cannot be held responsible. A negative medical outcome does not necessarily mean there was medical negligence.
Determining whether or not a situation can be deemed medical negligence or malpractice is not cut and dry. In addition, medical malpractice cases are highly costly to litigate and can last a long time. For that reason, many potential cases never see the light of day.
How can victims of medical negligence or malpractice get help?
As Oregon medical malpractice lawyers, we have decades of experience trying medical negligence cases. Successful trials and settlements have covered misdiagnoses of cancer, stroke, and other serious medical conditions, “routine” procedures that resulted in severe injury, and medical errors involving anesthesia and misreading of x-rays.