Medical Malpractice Lawyer Portland, Oregon
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when doctors or other healthcare workers deviate from the outlined standard of care in their profession, thereby causing injury to a patient.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice comes in many forms and is responsible for injuring approximately 12 million people each year and killing over 250,000 people, making it the third leading cause of death in the country.
To establish a medical malpractice claim, we must:
- Establish that negligence occurred because of a violation of the standard of care
- Prove our client’s injury was caused by the negligence
- Verify the injury resulted in damages caused by medical negligence
If you have been injured while receiving medical care, there may be several parties who can be held liable for your financial recovery. Our attorneys can help you determine the best legal approach to producing solutions that fit your unique injury needs.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice Injuries in Oregon?
Each medical malpractice claim is unique, and the injuries that result can be caused by any healthcare professional’s negligence, whether it is in an emergency room, surgery center, or a private physician’s office.
Potentially liable medical malpractice parties may include:
- Medical support staff
- Hospitals, medical facilities, and surgical centers
- Pharmaceutical companies
In some cases, the healthcare facilities administrators may be held liable for injuries that result from failing to run background checks on employees, negligent hiring, failing to remove incompetent healthcare personnel, and understaffing.
At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our Portland Personal Injury Attorneys Also Focus on the Following Practice Areas:
- Accident Injury
- Airplane Accident
- Auto Wreck
- Bicycle Accident
- Bus Accident
- Boating Accident
- Construction Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Dog Bite
- Pedestrian Accident
- Slip and Fall
- Product Liability
- Legal Malpractice
- Scooter Accident
- Train Accident
- Truck Accident
- Wrongful Death
What are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice?
When negligence is a factor in healthcare facilities, there is no limit to the number of people who can get hurt.
Some of the more common types of medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Birth injuries
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Failure to order proper testing
- Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Defective or improperly prescribed medication
- Improper medication or dosage
- Lack of informed consent
- Premature discharge
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
- Contamination and hospital-acquired infections
- Retained surgical instruments
- Surgical errors or wrong-site surgery
- Unnecessary surgery
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorney Portland, Oregon at Law Offices of Jon Friedman
If you have been injured while pursuing medical care, our attorneys can help determine the overall value of your case, including additional medical care requirements, lost wages, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering, and interference with your activities or daily living, and pursue the proper party for the fair compensation you need to fully recover.
Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Malpractice in Portland
What makes a medical malpractice case difficult?
Medical malpractice cases tend to involve complex medical issues and proving medical negligence is hard. In order to prove negligence in a medical malpractice case you need get an expert witness and have them testify that your medical provider fell below the community standard of care and that the breach of the standard of care was medical negligence and the negligence caused injuries.
Does Oregon place a cap on the amount of compensation you can receive from a medical malpractice case?
No. Oregon law only has a cap of $500,000 in non-economic damages in a wrongful death suit.
What should I do if I think I have a medical malpractice case?
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. They will be able to walk through your suspicions with you and help you to determine if you do have a medical malpractice case that is worth investigating.
What is informed consent?
Informed consent is when your medical professional outlines all of the potential risks, and potential side effects of the treatment you about to receive. If the medical professional fails to explain this to you, and you were injured, you may have a medical malpractice case.
How do you get an expert witness testimony?
Typically, your attorney will find an expert witness to review your records and be willing to come to court and testify. That person is typically the same kind of doctor who allegedly harmed you.
How can I obtain my medical records?
You have the right to ask for your own medical records through each provider’s office.
What mistakes do people make in their medical malpractice case?
One of the biggest mistakes is not hiring a medical malpractice lawyer. Medical malpractice cases are hard to win and require experience to get you a good outcome.
What is the standard of care?
The standard of care is what a competent and reasonable doctor would do, under the circumstances if it is a level of care, skill, and treatment which in light of the situation is acceptable and appropriate as defined by similar doctors.