If you have suffered an injury or illness due to an Oregon health care professional's negligence, you probably know that you can sue that person for malpractice. You can also join the facility or practice that employs him or her in your lawsuit. But what must you prove in order to prevail in your suit?
If you are like millions of other Americans, you have paid a visit to an outpatient clinic or emergency room with hopes of receiving a diagnosis as to what is ailing you. People put their trust in medical professionals to evaluate their symptoms, inspect their physical vital signs and determine what is wrong. You may be surprised to learn, however, that as many as 12 million people in the U.S. are misdiagnosed when they are seen by healthcare professionals in these settings.
Patients in Oregon rely on their health care providers including nurses, doctors and CNAs to diagnose and treat medical ailments and injuries but there are times when mistakes are made, and patients suffer the cost. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, medication errors occur close to 100,000 times each year. This is a startling statistic for many individuals who rely on the knowledge and experience of medical health professionals when it comes to medication and dosage.
Medical professionals are held to a high standard. Whether you go in for your yearly checkup or you are admitted to the hospital for a serious illness, you expect your doctors and nurses to treat you competently and safely. Unfortunately, you and other Oregon residents could possibly be harmed by a pervasive problem in the medical industry - workplace bullying.
Hospital patients want and deserve a safe care environment. So, readers here in Oregon may be encouraged by how the state did in Leapfrog’s hospital safety ratings last year.