Family Care Practitioner Malpractice Against a Child: Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorneys

When a Family Care Practitioner Commits Medical Malpractice Against a Child, it Can Result in Serious and Permanent Injuries


Most of us trust our family practice practitioner or doctor more than any other type of doctor.  This is because they are our first line of defense for our health and safety.  This is particularly true of newborns or young children.  We rely on family doctors to properly care and treat our children.  We rely on family care doctors for even more than just the day-to-day health issues like a cold, but also for the appropriate inoculation (shots) regimen, and evaluations then referrals to other doctors when there are other possible health issues.


But when a family care practitioner or doctor fails to properly care for us, sometimes the results are not as catastrophic as they would be for our children.  Indeed, just yesterday we posted how medication errors are very common for newborns and young children which can lead to serious health consequences.  When our family doctor makes careless, reckless, or even negligent mistakes in the care and treatment of our young children, the ramifications are likely to have substantial and devastating results.  This is particularly true in Bend, Portland, Salem, Eugene, and Corvallis where there are many family care officers and children’s clinics.


Errors by Family Care Doctors


There are many possible types of errors by family care doctors to children which could result in Oregon medical malpractice.  The two largest types of errors by family care physicians are the following:


1) Failure to diagnose – When a family care practitioner fails to diagnose a condition in a newborn or young child, that doctor is allowing a potentially dangerous condition to fester and grow stronger.  If that condition is the meningitis or cancer, or even the flu, that could result in a life-threatening emergency for the young child.  This is a common type of family care doctor malpractice.


2) Fail to refer – If a family care practitioner does not refer a newborn or young child to a specialist and either misdiagnoses or attempts to treat the condition internally, this could also become medical malpractice.  A common example of a family care physician failing to refer a young child to a specialists is over skin cancer.  This is a type of cancer which is usually easy to treat, particularly in children.  But when the family care doctor believes the condition is benign and not cancerous, or misdiagnoses it as a wart and attempts to treat it in the office, this can result in a deadly situation for a family due to a cancer misdiagnosis.


Liability Against a Family Care Physician


A family care physician may be liable for medical malpractice in Oregon when he or she fails to exercise reasonable care in the examination, evaluation, and treatment of a patient.  The standard is that of a reasonably prudent physician with similar education, training, and experience in similar circumstances.  If the doctor fails to meet this standard, he or she may be found to be negligent by breaching the duty of care.  Such breach may occur for an affirmative act or an omission.


When a health care provider like a family care doctor fails to satisfy his or her duty of care, and such breach of this duty causes in damages to a victim, the doctor may be found to be negligent.  This is known as medical malpractice.  Both the doctor and his or her practice group may be liable for the medical malpractice under the legal principle of vicarious liability.  This renders the employer liable for the employee’s acts.


Child Victims of Family Care Practitioner Malpractice in Bend, Oregon May be Entitled to Compensation 


If your newborn or young child has been injured due to a family care practitioner’s negligent act or omission, like misdiagnosing a dangerous condition or failure to refer your child to a specialist, you may be entitled to compensation for your child’s injuries and medical bills.  Call to schedule a FREE appointment to learn what your rights may be.  We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you

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