OHSU: Spare Us the Legal Sob Story
Lately we’ve been inundated by stories about OHSU being victimized in the tram fiasco. They are now preparing to sue if we don’t shell for their stupid project. Isn’t it ironic how they run to court while denying their own victims the same opportunity? That’s right. OHSU has used its power and influence to deny patients the right to sue them. Oh, they can ask for 100 grand, but that just means you walk away with practically nothing, so why bother?
Perhaps you remember the story of the young boy facing a lifetime of brain damage because of admitted negligence on the part of OHSU. The family is trying to change the amount of damages, but it's a long shot, at best. What happens in a case like this is that the family burns through their wealth providing care for a growing boy with a badly damaged brain. Then they go broke and the state has to step in. One other point: OHSU does not make it a practice of informing patients or their guardians of their legal vulnerability prior to treatment. Otherwise, a lot more patients would not risk an operation there.
So let’s make a deal, OHSU. If you are so concerned about being treated right, why don’t we do what you'd do and slide you 100 grand? Then let's call this tram thing off. Better yet, why don’t you take some of the millions you’ve made throwing your weight around, and pay off the family of this injured boy? Then start telling your patients that if you screw up, they’re on their own. Let them know what it will cost them, even if it’s just a guesstimate. Listen, we don’t care how many feel-good ads your PR firm puts on local TV. Nobody sees you as the victim with the tram, so spare us the legal sob story.