Most Oregon residents accept a certain amount of risk when they undergo a surgical procedure. What most people try to put out of their minds is the type of surgical error that is caused by the surgeon, anesthesiologist or staff, such as leaving something behind inside the patient or operating on the wrong body part. Unfortunately, both of these mistakes and others occur every year.

For example, a former college football player was suffering from lower back pain in 2009. It was discovered through testing that he had a herniated disc at L5-S1, which was the source of his pain. When the pain became intolerable, he agreed to have it fixed surgically.

In Sept. 2010, he underwent his first surgical procedure. The surgery did not alleviate his pain, but only increased it instead. It turns out that the first surgeon operated on the wrong disc.

He operated on L4-L5 instead of L5-S1. The former University of Nevada, Las Vegas, football player was forced to undergo a second surgery to fix the damage caused by the first. He experienced some relief at first, but the pain returned, and he had already been told he would most likely need at least two more procedures in the future.

Therefore, he filed a lawsuit, and the jury concluded that the first doctor's surgical error caused the events that came after, including the intense pain with which he lives. He was awarded a total of approximately $4.2 million. Oregon residents who suffer serious injury at the hands of the people who are supposed to heal them have the right to do what this man did and file a medical malpractice suit.

Source: unlvrebelyell.com, "Former Rebel football star is awarded $4.2 million in medical malpractice lawsuit", Brett Murray, Sept. 10, 2015