Blog Posts in 2007

  • Defective Products - Age Appropriate Toys

    || 13-Dec-2007

    As the holidays approach it is important to consider the issue of age appropriateness when purchasing toys for children. Toy manufacturers are currently required to warn consumers regarding the age appropriateness of toys for children. Many toys contain components which are sharp or constitute chocking or other hazards and are inappropriate and unsafe for younger children. It is important when ...
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  • 21% Breast Cancers Missed on Mammogram

    || 11-Dec-2007

    The ability to detect breast cancer by mammogram readings misses 21% of cancers even when the radiologist were dealing with a known lump according to a recent study. Diana Migloretti, a researcher at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle reported the findings of her team recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study evaluated 123 radiologists who looked at ...
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  • Excessive CT Scans

    || 30-Nov-2007

    There have been concerns raised in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine that CT is being overused and that high lifetime doses of radiation are becoming a public health hazard. In 1980 3 million CT scans were performed but this number jumped to 62 million by 2006. Each scan gives the patient a far higher dose of radiation that a normal x-ray would. Even many doctors have no idea ...
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  • Obese Prostate Cancer Patients and PSA

    || 27-Nov-2007

    Dilution from increased plasma volumes may be the reason for lower levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) observed in groups of obese men with prostate cancer. Researchers report in the November 21, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical association that men in the most obese group have PSA concentrations between 11% to 21% lower than seen in men of normal weight. One result of lower ...
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  • Attorney Jane Paulson Speaks at Professional Liability Fund Seminar

    || 19-Nov-2007

    On November 15, 2007, Attorney Jane Paulson was invited to and spoke at the Oregon State Bar’s Professional Liability Fund annual seminar. The Professional Liability Fund was established in 1978 as the mandatory provider of primary malpractice coverage for Oregon lawyers. Jane Paulson has been invited to speak for the PLF to new lawyers for several years at the annual “Learning the ...
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  • Chuck Paulson & Jane Paulson Speak at Defense Conference

    || 19-Nov-2007

    On November 2, 2007, Chuck Paulson and Jane Paulson were honored to be invited to and speak at the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel’s annual fall conference in Portland, Oregon. The Fall Seminar is an annual event for members (defense attorneys) and the insurance industry. Chuck and Jane were on a panel (representing the plaintiffs’ perspective) with two defense lawyers and were ...
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  • Malpractice Caps Ruled Unconstitutional

    || 16-Nov-2007

    With the increase in health care costs, much discussion has been held regarding the impact of medical malpractice cases upon the cost of health care. Medical malpractice insurers repeatedly argue that medical malpractice lawsuits are driving up the cost of liability insurance for the doctors and hospitals, which in turn force doctors to practice elsewhere or quit practicing all together. Medical ...
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  • Congratulations to our partner John Coletti on his bad faith trial in the US District Court for the State of Oregon (Federal Court) against American Family Insurance! The case settled during the 3rd day of trial. The amount is confidential but what John did for his young client was wonderful. His client was in a MVA when she was 17 and just obtained her license. She, Ivey (car #1) was waved on by ...
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  • $4 Million Portland Medical Malpractice Verdict

    || 28-Sep-2007

    Yesterday, a jury in Multnomah County, Oregon, returned a nearly $4 million verdict for the parents of a baby boy who died from an imperforated anus. The hospital where the boy was born failed to recognize that the boy’s anus was closed (which can occur and is normally easily repaired). The jury verdict was in Portland, Oregon and was a medical malpractice (medical negligence) case. The jury ...
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  • Automobile Accidents - Dealing with Adjusters

    || 14-Sep-2007

    We are frequently contacted by people who have been injured in an automobile accident with the question of whether they should agree to provide a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster representing the person who hit them. Our general advice is to contact an attorney before speaking with the adjuster. Make sure that you understand your rights and any potential ramifications which may result ...
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