The 2008 death of a 25-year-old woman who was kept waiting at an Oregon hospital for more than six hours has prompted an Oregon wrongful death lawsuit directed against Springfield’s Sacred Heart Medical Center, according to the Associated Press.
The suit was filed by the woman’s parents, a couple from Eugene, who contend that the hospital’s failure to see and treat their daughter in a timely manner contributed to her death two days before Christmas 2008.
According to the AP, the woman, Martha Barr, arrived at the hospital around midday and was initially assessed by hospital staff as suffering from “shortness of breath, anxiety, fatigue, abnormally fast heart and respiration rates and low oxygen saturation.” It was, however, more than six hours before a doctor actually examined her. The doctor reportedly ordered a series of tests, but Barr went into “respiratory and cardiac arrest” before they could be performed and died just over two hours later. AP reports that in the Springfield wrongful death court papers the Eugene parents “contend that a long wait to see an emergency room doctor proved fatal for their daughter.”
Tragedies like the one endured by the Barr family are precisely the sort of events that should lead surviving loved ones to consult with an experienced Oregon personal injury attorney with detailed knowledge of Portland wrongful death and medical malpractice issues. A skilled professional can offer invaluable advice to bereaved family members at these most difficult of times.
AP via MSNBC: Parents in wrongful death lawsuit against hospital
New York Injury News: Springfield Oregon-based hospital named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit