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Dentist who falsified credentials sued for medical malpractice

Anesthesia is one of the riskiest elements to any surgery because even when carefully administered there can be catastrophic side effects. Many patients have simply quit breathing when under general anesthesia. The expertise required for an anesthesiologist is so imperative that it is unthinkable that a doctor in Oregon or any other state would attempt administering anesthesia without proper training and experience. However, according to a recent medical malpractice lawsuit, that is exactly what happened.

Veteran's widow awarded $800,000 for VA medical malpractice

When a person checks into an Oregon hospital for treatment, he or she does so with faith that the medical staff is competent and armed with a thorough knowledge of ailments, treatments and care. It is assumed that the staff would be careful and educated enough to correctly give medications and be familiar with their uses and interactions. This was not so for the medical staff at one VA hospital in another state where a veteran was repeatedly given the wrong medication. That mistake caused severe damage that took the man's life, so his widow filed a medical malpractice claim against the government and was recently awarded $800,000 for her loss.

Soldier suing government for failure to diagnose cancer

After being shot in the chest by a sniper's bullet in 2004, one would think that the soldier had experienced the worst lung-related injury he would ever have to endure. Unfortunately for one Green Beret, that was not the case. He recovered from his war wound, and 13 years later began his real struggle to breathe. This Army sergeant, who nearly lost his life on the battle field fighting for the freedom of the citizens of Oregon and the rest of the country, is going to instead lose his life to cancer. Before it takes his last breath away, he is suing the government for the military physician's failure to diagnose cancer until it was too late to save his life.

Woman awarded $21 million in medical malpractice case

Most people in Oregon would agree that losing an arm or leg can have a significant impact on someone's life. Suddenly, the person has to learn how to do many routine daily activities differently in order to compensate for the missing limb. The loss of a single limb can have life-altering consequences, so to lose all four limbs is almost unimaginable. This became a reality for a woman in another state who lost both arms and legs after being misdiagnosed at the hospital she went to for treatment. She sued for medical malpractice and has recently been awarded $21 million.

Surgical errors lead to woman's death following colon surgery

Colon polyps are a very common diagnosis for adults. Most of the time, they are benign growths and are usually removed during a colonoscopy. Sometimes, however, they have to be removed surgically. Although polyp removal is a very common surgery in Oregon, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks. A woman in another state died after surgical errors during a polyp removal procedure.