Understanding What Healthcare Providers Could be Liable for Oregon Medical Malpractice Cases
When we think of medical malpractice, we usually think that a doctor is negligent. Usually we think that the mistake occurred during a surgery, such as a slip of the scalpel. Most people even think the error occurs in a hospital or emergency room. While all of these are possible scenarios for medical malpractice, it is not the most common. Most medical malpractice occurs by nurses or OB/GYNs during labor and delivery. There are also a lot of cases caused by anesthesiologists, including in doctors offices or outpatient centers. Misdiagnosing cancer is also common cause of medical malpractice. Many of these scenarios replace commonly thought out stereotypes. Learn about what healthcare providers could be liable for Oregon medical malpractice to protect your rights to compensation.
Common Healthcare Providers Who Could be Liable for Oregon Medical Malpractice
Even though most people think medical malpractice is about doctor malpractice, that is not entirely true. Any medical professional rendering any medical care and treatment could be liable for medical malpractice. This includes far more than just doctors. Here are some of the common professionals who could be liable for Oregon medical malpractice and some common examples:
Doctors: Yes, they are the most thought of because they are one of the most commonly sued. A patient’s care is always controlled or evaluated by a doctor. Doctors who make preventable medical errors could be liable for medical malpractice whether it is in surgery, performing tests, or evaluating a patient. OB/GYNs, primary care, orthopedists, emergency room physicians, and anesthesiologists are the most sued doctors.
Nurses: Why doctors may be the general in charge of a patient’s care, nurses are the field soldiers in the trenches. They are also common fodder for medical malpractice. This is because nurses are the eyes and ears of a doctor and are responsible for checking on patients and reporting back. Nurses also administer or facilitate a lot of the care and treatment to patients per doctor orders. Mistakes with treating patients could be done by nurses who fail to properly monitor, supervise, or carry out physician orders.
Physician assistants: PAs have a lot of power and a relatively new in the medical field—at least to the extent that they have their increased responsibility. A PA works under a doctor, with a doctor directly supervising a certain number of PAs that is capped. Where PAs caused medical malpractice is failing to refer patients to a doctor of hospital, glancing over important details, poor evaluations or assessments, and carrying out orders without getting physician approval.
Nurse practitioners: NPs are like PAs, but without has many powers. Doctors monitor several NPs who have to report back to a doctor, but usually a doctor can supervise more NPs than PAs. NPs get in trouble with Oregon medical malpractice for the same reasons that PAs do.
Dentists and hygienists: Even your oral care could result in medical malpractice. The most common being periodontal disease which should be properly monitored and treated. But when it is not, it can result in catastrophic personal injury including tooth loss.
Other individuals who could be liable for Oregon medical malpractice include the following:
- EMS/Ambulance technicians or paramedics
- Nurses anesthetists, and
- Other healthcare providers.
Were You Harmed by a Negligent Healthcare Provider? Ask Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Help
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