Sepsis After Surgeries: Bend & Portland Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Why Sepsis After a Surgery Could be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


In Oregon, in order to have a medical malpractice claim you need to demonstrate that the healthcare provider had a duty of care, breached that duty, and the breach caused damaged to you. The duty of care is to use the care and skill of a reasonably prudent physician in similar circumstances.  That duty of care is not a guarantee of perfect results every time, nor can it guard against every commonly associated injury or risk of a surgery or procedure.


In terms of surgery, the most common risk include infection.  This is one result that is commonly assumed of any procedure when a patient’s skin or body is being penetrated or breached.  This ranges from a scalpel cut, colonoscopy, or even an IV or needle injection.  All of these procedures could result in an infection.  It is also well known that this does happen, healthcare providers even take preventative steps by using antibiotics during some riskier surgeries like appendectomies.


But while a patient assumes the risk and accepts the common risks of a surgery, such as infection, a patient does not assume the risks of that the infection would be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed.  When an infection is allowed to fester and continue to grow, it can be very damaging.  This is where a patient does accept the risks of a surgery, but not the misdiagnosis of an infection, or that an infection would become unchecked.


Although, many healthcare professionals and their lawyers will argue that is not Oregon medical malpractice.  The mere fact that an infection occurred after a surgery is not necessarily medical malpractice warranting an award for the patient.  This is a usually sticking point and a point that is argued heavily, and frankly can be difficult to win for a plaintiff in front of a jury.


However, when that infection turns to sepsis, that argument is now more likely to swing in the plaintiff’s favor and for the injured victim.  Again, a patient does not assume the risk or accept the common risk of sepsis.  That is because sepsis is not a common risk of a surgery at all.


Sepsis is when an infection becomes so prolific that is spreads to the blood.  It becomes a blood infection which affects the entire body.  This can result in multiple organ failure or even destroy vision, nerves, and result in amputation.  This means that an infection has done so unchecked or was so prolific, that a healthcare provider has missed the clear and obvious signs resulting in a massive infection turning to sepsis.


Sepsis is Never an Accepted Risk of Surgery: If That Occurs to You, Call our Bend and Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers


If you suffered from a massive infection or sepsis after a surgery in Oregon, call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  We handle cases throughout Oregon, including anywhere in Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Vancouver, Washington, Corvallis, Albany, Coos Bay, Astoria, Lake Oswego, Redmond, Sisters, The Dalles, Prineville, Madras, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, 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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