Ways a Patient’s Wrongful Death Could be Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

How Oregon Medical Malpractice Can Cause a Patient’s Wrongful Death: Bend Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


Even though we go to hospitals and healthcare providers to heal us and protect us, sometimes they fail.  And sometimes that failure can result in catastrophic injuries which are life-threatening.  Unfortunately, Oregon medical malpractice can cause the wrongful death of a patient due to a careless or reckless error.  When this occurs, the victim’s family may be entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earnings, loss of services and affection, and in certain instances punitive damages.


These right for family to seek compensation is protected under Oregon Revised Statute section 30.020, which provides that a surviving spouse, children, parents, or an heir in the victim’s family can commence an action for wrongful death within three years of the negligent act or omission causing the death.  That means that the victim’s family can seek compensation from negligent healthcare providers such as nurses, doctors, hospitals, surgical groups, and other healthcare professionals.


Some of the ways that Oregon medical malpractice may result in the wrongful death of a patient include the following:


Birth Injuries – Right from the start of life medical errors by healthcare professionals can cause the wrongful death of a newborn baby.  This can be due to issues in the labor and delivery process, like attempting a natural birth when it is unnecessary risky and dangerous, or improperly performing a c-section.  Also failing to detect and treat fetal distress, particularly due to cord ruptures or obstructions, can result in the wrongful death of a baby.


Anesthesia Errors – Anesthesia is a very powerful combination of drugs.  When they are improperly administered or if an overdose is given, it can result in very serious and often fatal injuries due to anesthesia errors.  Failing to properly incumbent a patient undergoing a long surgery can also result in horrific injuries, including wrongful death due to the lack of oxygen.


Surgical MishapsSurgical errors are one of the most common types of medical malpractice because of the shear volume of operations performed.  These can also be some of the most damaging types of medical malpractice because surgeons are literally cutting into a patient with instruments and knifes.  This can be dangerous in certain parts of the body, particularly around vital organs or blood vessels.  Mistakes here can be quickly fatal.


Pathology ErrorsFailing to diagnose cancer or other serious and deadly conditions can be medical malpractice.  It does not take a medical expert to know that cancer must be quickly and aggressively treated.  However, when healthcare professionals fail to do so and allow cancer to fester inside a patient, it can result in the wrongful death of a patient.


Call Us if Your Loved One’s Wrongful Death Was Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice


The loss of a loved one is never easy.  However, here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, we compassionately help families physically and emotionally recover while we fight to hold those who have harmed your family accountable.  If this has happened to you, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn how we can help you.


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, 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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