Medical Malpractice Lawyers

More people die each year in the United States from medical errors than from highway accidents, breast cancer or AIDS.

A 1999 report from the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine cites studies showing that the conservative estimate of people who die each year due to mistakes by medical professionals is between 44,000 and 98,000.

Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC represent medical negligence cases in Oregon and Washington.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice or Medical Negligence is when injury or death occurs as a direct result of the failure of a physician or other health care provider (hospital, nurse, obstetrician, nursing home, anesthesiologist, pharmacist) to properly treat a medical condition. The injury or death caused by the negligence may be either a new condition or an aggravated injury to the patient. A doctor cannot be held responsible if the underlying medical problem was the cause of the death or injury.

Many situations result in medical malpractice or negligence cases and it is important to remember that not all medical situations that end badly are the cause of malpractice. Some examples of situations that may be construed to be medical negligence or malpractice include:

  • Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Cancer;
  • Coma, Nerve Damage or Death due to Anesthesiological Mistakes;
  • Improper Administration of Prescription or Non-Prescription Drugs;
  • Improper Use of a Medical Device or Implant;
  • Surgical Procedures done without Patient Consent;
  • Failure to Order the Proper Tests;
  • Failure to Consult with a Specialist;
  • Failure to Properly Monitor a Patient;
  • Injury to Mother or Child during a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Section);
  • Birth Injury or Birth Trauma due to Obstetrical, Nursing, Hospital or Physician Malpractice;
  • Incorrect Treatment of a Diagnosed Illness;
  • Failure of Hospital Staff to Properly Interpret Doctors' Notes on Patient Charts, Resulting in Incorrect Administration of Medications or Treatments.

Do I Have A Medical Malpractice or Negligence Case?

Determining if you have a potential case for medical negligence or malpractice is difficult, at best. One sign that you may have a potential case would be an unexpected or very different result from a surgery or medical treatment. Also death or severe injury that occurs as a result of "routine" treatments or surgeries where the physician or doctor can give no reasonable explanation for the death or worsened condition of the patient, may give cause to consider that medical malpractice may have occurred.

If you believe that you or someone you care about has been a victim of medical malpractice or doctor negligence, you should seek legal advice immediately.

Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys, based in Portland, Oregon takes pride in assisting our Oregon and Washington clients who have suffered injury due to the negligence of health care professionals to obtain the best results possible. Medical malpractice cases are very time consuming and expensive to litigate and in order to help us determine if a case has merit, our clients are required to help us with the case and will face frustration and unavoidable delays. No one should experience these problems unless they have a case that has merit and has the potential of being successful. As a result of the emotion, time, expense and difficulty of bringing medical negligence cases, a high percentage of cases our firm reviews are, unfortunately, turned down.

If you believe your potential medical malpractice case has merit, please fill out our online consultation form on the right-hand side of this page or call now for immediate assistance at (503) 226-6361.

Trials/Settlements in Medical Negligence Cases:

Anonymous v. Doe Hospital & Dr. Doe: A $3.5 million dollar settlement for a family whose baby sustained a birth injury during a VBAC delivery.

Anonymous v. Dr. Doe: A $750,000 settlement for a misread x-ray causing permanent injury.

Rattey v. Duncan, D.C.: A $350,000 jury verdict in a chiropractic negligence case where a disc in our client's neck was herniated after a manipulation.

Anonymous v. Dr. Doe: A $1.3 million dollar settlement in a case involving an anesthesiology error.

Anonymous v. Dr. Doe: An $850,000 settlement in a failure to diagnose breast cancer case.

Eubanks v. Legacy Emanuel Hospital: A $1.25 million dollar jury verdict for a young man who stored samples of his sperm in a sperm bank before chemotherapy left him sterile. The hospital lost the sperm and his opportunity to have children.

Jane Doe v. Dr. Doe: An $800,000 settlement for a 50-year-old woman involving failure to diagnose a stroke.

Henderson v. St. Vincent Hospital: A $1.4 million dollar jury verdict for a 32 year old housewife and mother where the emergency room and family doctor failed to diagnose brain swelling.

Estate of Lucich v. Dr. Doe: A $1 million dollar jury verdict in Clackamas County, Oregon for the death of a 24 year old housewife from failure to diagnose breast cancer. A no offer case and an historic verdict at the time.

VA Claims

A veteran may bring a claim against the Veterans Administration for medical malpractice. Our firm has handled numerous cases against the Veterans Administration (VA) for medical malpractice including: suicide of veteran due to VA psychiatric malpractice, death of veteran due to complications from cardiac angiogram, death of a female veteran from a surgical error, wrongful death from delay in diagnosing lung cancer and many others.

All three lawyers in our office handle cases against the VA. Chuck Paulson has a special interest in VA cases as a former US Army paratrooper (82d Airborne). We do handle VA malpractice cases but do not handle service connected disability claims.