Hospital Negligence

Hospital Negligence &
Healthcare System Failures

In times of need, we have no choice but to put our lives and the lives of our loved ones into the hands of hospitals.   We count on hospitals to have medically accepted systems in place and to follow correct procedures. We are thankful when that happens and the system works properly and does its job.

Sadly, hospital system errors are estimated to cause over 400,000 patient deaths in the United States each year, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety.  This figure doesn’t count injuries in hospitals. Hospital system errors are the third leading cause of fatalities in our country (after heart disease and cancer), and dwarf the number of deaths from auto collisions, homicides, AIDs, and other more-publicized causes. 

It should not be this way.  Decades ago, the airline industry adopted the goal of zero airplane crash fatalities.  That industry overhauled procedures from top to bottom, and the number of lives lost in airplane crashes plummeted.  Perfection is not the standard, but in the exercise of reasonable care, preventable losses can be avoided. “Reasonable” care does not mean average care, but the level of care required by the exercise of reason, in light of the risks and the ability to avoid or reduce those risks.

The hospital industry has taken some steps in the right direction.  About 82% of hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission, which issues detailed standards that hospitals should follow.  When those safety standards are violated, patients can be injured or killed. 

But since the healthcare industry accounts for about one out of every six or seven dollars in the economy, its influence is staggering.  The healthcare industry enjoys shorter statutes of limitation, immunity from punitive damages for reckless misconduct, the ability to keep important information about its negligence from juries and the public, and other advantages that make it difficult for patients to hold negligent hospital systems  accountable. Between the misleading industry public relations campaigns and the laws that tilt the playing field in favor of the industry, winning a legitimate hospital negligence case can be difficult.

Health care system failure cases are among the most vigorously defended cases in the court systems.  As a consequence, they are expensive to prosecute and are exceptionally challenging. Most Oregon counties do not have a single attorney whose practice primarily deals with health care system failures.  Any person or family considering such a case needs the counsel and advocacy of an attorney or law firm that has successfully tried these kind of cases and is willing to devote the skill, care, and diligence required.  We are one of those law firms.

 

Hospital Negligence Cases

Shelly's Case

Multiple hospital errors cause loss of limb.

Hospital’s Staffing Company Nurse Switches Tubes

Hospital errors kill patient: Confidential Settlement.

Hospital Fails to Follow Physician Orders

Confidential settlement for causing man’s death. 

The attorneys at Corson & Johnson have helped countless individuals and families over the past three-plus decades.
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