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Son commits suicide, medical malpractice blamed

These days, the majority of doctors and medical workers in Oregon and across the United States are highly trained and skilled professionals who make patient safety a top priority. When patients seek medical treatment or undergo a procedure, they place their trust in the hands of these individuals. Despite advancements in technology and training, medical malpractice continues to occur at an alarming rate. A patient in another state recently died due to alleged negligence, and a grieving mother has filed a lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed against a hospital and a physician in another state. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff's son experienced psychiatric problems and was having thoughts of suicide so he sought treatment at the hospital. According to the lawsuit, as part of the patient's treatment, the physician ordered that the patient be checked by nursing staff every 15 minutes.

The plaintiff claims that the despite the doctor's orders, the hospital staff did not check up on her son in a timely manner. Tragically, her son hanged himself from his bed and was later pronounced dead. The mother claims her son's death was the result of negligence by the hospital staff. The plaintiff seeks all damages, legal fees and trial by jury.

Medical professionals in the state of Oregon and across the country are required to have years of schooling and on-the-job training, but they can still be negligent and make mistakes. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made in the medical field, the patient suffers the consequences. When patients are injured or killed as the result of medical malpractice or negligence, legal action can be pursued. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide much-needed financial relief to a grieving family facing mounting medical bills or end-of-life expenses.

Source:, "Woman files medical malpractice suit against Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, doctor after son's death", Wadi Reformado, July 25, 2017

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