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Woman loses leg due to alleged medical malpractice

Unfortunately, thousands of patients are injured every year due to the negligence of health care professionals. Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death and injury each year in the United States. When patients in Oregon and across the country are injured due to the negligence of medical professionals, legal recourse may be available. A woman in another state lost her leg due to the alleged negligence of her health care providers, and she has filed a lawsuit.

The woman claims that she suffered acute pain and swelling in her right foot and sought treatment. After being examined by her primary physician's office, she was diagnosed with gout, given medication to treat it and told her condition would improve within a few days, the lawsuit says. However, the plaintiff claims that her condition worsened, which prompted an emergency room visit. Upon her visit to the emergency room, the plaintiff alleges that her foot became extremely painful, swollen and that her toes were discolored.

She claims she was discharged from the emergency room with instructions to stop taking the medication for gout and to request Lyrica from her primary doctor. According to lawsuit, the plaintiff then visited a different medical facility where it was discovered that she had a blood clot in her groin, which cut off the circulation to her foot. Apparently, the plaintiff was placed in a medically induced coma, and a stint was inserted into her right groin to clear the blockage from the blood clot. Unfortunately, the plaintiff eventually lost her right foot and lower leg.

Unfortunately, when negligence occur in the medical field, the patient suffers the consequences. As in other jurisdictions, medical professionals in the state Oregon can be held accountable for medical malpractice. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide financial relief to counteract mounting medical expenses and related monetary damages.

Source:, "Woman sues Lifepoint Hospitals for medical malpractice", Kyla Asbury, June 13, 2017

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