May 2013 article in Forbes magazine states that the top three causes of death in the United States
are: 1) heart disease, 2) cancer, and 3)
medical negligence, in that order. The article also reveals that more than $3 billion went
to medical malpractice payments in 2012. In other words, medical negligence
is a serious issue.
Medical negligence cases are serious and complicated
Medical malpractice or medical negligence is when a health care provider,
such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or pharmacist, fails to properly treat
a medical condition, and that failure leads to injury or death. If the
underlying medical problem was the cause of the injury or death, however,
then the provider cannot be held responsible. A negative medical outcome
does not necessarily mean there was medical negligence.
Determining whether or not a situation can be deemed medical negligence
or malpractice is not cut and dry. In addition, medical malpractice cases
are highly costly to litigate and can last a long time. For that reason,
many potential cases never see the light of day.
How can victims of medical negligence or malpractice get help?
Oregon medical malpractice lawyers, we have decades of experience trying medical negligence cases. Successful
trials and settlements have covered misdiagnoses of cancer, stroke, and
other serious medical conditions, “routine” procedures that
resulted in severe injury, and medical errors involving anesthesia and
misreading of x-rays.
To get more information about medical negligence or would like to know
if you have a case, we recommend contacting our
medical malpractice lawyers at email@example.com or (503) 226-6361.