The medical care process is extremely dynamic, and while there is an accepted standard of care in place for most scenarios that clinicians will face, each patient case will present unique challenges. Patients in Providence rely on the expertise and experience of their doctors to make those split-second decisions regarding their care that will ultimately deliver successful outcomes. When that doesn’t happen, these patients are often left wondering what missteps may have happened along the way that created or contributed to the complications they experienced. If those missteps involved negligence on behalf of the doctors or other clinical staff charged with their care, then patients may be well within their rights to take legal action against them.
Such is the case with an Oregon family that is suing an area hospital after their son suffered a catastrophic birth injury that left him with a permanent disability. The family alleges that doctors were initially slow to recognize the need to perform a C-section and were slow to actually perform the procedure once it was determined to be needed. They also allege that after baby was born unresponsive, the staff was slow in administering the care needed to revive him. This perceived lack of urgency left the baby deprived of oxygen long enough to cause significant damage to his brain.
The attorney handling this family’s case correctly states that patients should never be concerned that qualified medical staff won’t be available to assist with their care or that of their loved ones. Should they ever feel that way, accusations of medical negligence can’t be far behind. Those who believe they’ve been the victims of such negligence may wish to seek the assistance of an attorney to help set things right.
Source: KPTV.com “3 families sue Silverton Hospital for malpractice” Andrew Padula, Apr. 11, 2014