August, 2012

August 1, 2012

Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that physicians don’t always read patients’ hospital test results. The omission can be dangerous — and fatal — for the patient if the hospital misses a diagnosis. The study does not specifically address hospitals in Oregon, but anecdotal evidence suggests the…
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July 1, 2012

The Fourth of July should be about family and community, potato salad and burgers on the barbecue. It should not be the day the police confiscate your private stash of illegal fireworks (and slap you with a hefty fine). And it certainly should not be the day your child loses…
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July 1, 2012

Even if you are a clean-living Oregonian, you are full of bacteria. The intestines of both young and old people are populated with a variety of bacteria and fungi which aid in the digestion of food and have an impact on health. A new study focusing on older people, including…
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July 1, 2012

A podiatrist who practices outside of Oregon has seen more than his share of lawsuits. Of the 21 total claims during his long career, 11 were filed in the last three years. At the moment, he is fighting eight medical malpractice suits and one wrongful death suit. Even for a…
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June 1, 2012

Late in the evening this past March, a 63-year-old woman was walking along the street near the West Hills area of Portland. She turned to cross the street but never made it to the other side. A car driven by a woman alleged to have been drinking earlier in the…
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June 1, 2012

Summer is nearly here in Oregon and many young children may be looking forward to spending hours playing with friends in their backyards. But the potential for injury lurks in a number of dangerous toys that children could end up playing with this summer. For example, some toy tents produced by Tots…
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June 1, 2012

When a father of five went to the emergency room (not in Oregon) on May 31, 2009, with chest and shoulder pains, two physicians, a resident and an attending, evaluated his case. What happened there and over the next five months led to a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim filed on…
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June 1, 2012

Oregon readers probably know what a slap bracelet is, but hopefully you do not own one or allow your children to play with one. This is because these bracelets are considered dangerous toys, and at least one little girl has been seriously injured after playing with one. Slap bracelets are typically…
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June 1, 2012

When suffering from a physical ailment, most people would not hesitate to go to a doctor for treatment. But what happens when the doctor makes a mistake or is negligent and actually causes the individual more harm? One patient was suffering from low-back pain and sought the help of a doctor. His…
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June 1, 2012

One of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals finds its reputation tarnished this week after a jury agreed with a couple that the emergency room was responsible for the birth injury suffered by their son. The baby would have been fine, the parents argued, if the hospital had not waited two hours…
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