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Woman awarded nearly $5.8 million from medical malpractice suit

When undergoing a medical procedure, there is always a certain level of risk involved. These days, with educated and skilled medical professionals and highly advanced medical technology in place, surgical procedures are safer than ever before in Oregon and across the United States. Despite these advancements in patient safety and care, mistakes still occur far too often in the world of health care. A recent medical malpractice lawsuit in another state can offer hope to victims of negligence in the medical field.

A woman in another state was awarded nearly $5.8 million recently by a jury with regard to a lawsuit she filed after a medical procedure caused permanent damage to nerves in her throat. The plaintiff underwent a procedure to remove her thyroid and, during the procedure, suffered serious injuries to her throat. The injuries were so bad that the plaintiff had to have a tracheotomy, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff claimed that her injuries were severe and debilitating. The plaintiff accused the defendant of neglecting to take the necessary steps to prevent her injuries. She claims the area of the tracheotomy has to be cleaned three times a day, and she is forced to keep breathing and suction machines with her to maintain her airway. 

Medical professionals in the state of Oregon and across the country are required to have years of academic training and work experience. However, this does not prevent negligence and mistakes from happening. When mistakes are made during medical procedures, the patients suffer the consequences. Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to take legal action. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide financial relief to injured victims facing mounting medical expenses.

Source:, "Bluefield woman awarded nearly $5.8M in medical malpractice suit", Lacie Pierson, Oct. 3, 2017

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