Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Trial Attorneys with 100+ Years of Collective Experience

Paulson Coletti was named to the list of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News in the practice area of medical malpractice law – plaintiffs. Attorney Chuck Paulson was also honored with the designation of Best Lawyers in America's "Lawyer of the Year" in 2014 for medical malpractice. Jane Paulson and Chuck Paulson have been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice for years. At Paulson Coletti, we know medical malpractice and are confident in our ability to secure results.

Medical malpractice claims involve several elements that should be carefully evaluated by an experienced attorney.

Every year, hundreds of Americans are killed because of the negligence of the medical professionals with whom they entrust their health and wellness. At Paulson Coletti, we are passionate about fighting for justice on behalf of these individuals. We stand up for our clients, hear their stories, protect their rights, and fight for them.

It is in your best interest to speak with a Portland medical malpractice attorney at our firm if this has happened to you. You can discuss your case with our team, learn your legal options, and take steps toward action. Our lawyers have more than a century of combined experience. We understand medical malpractice laws and can provide you with strong counsel and professional advocacy. If you are a veteran who has suffered misdiagnosis or injury at the hands of a negligent medical professional at a VA hospital, we can help you as well.

Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Are Here to Help You

Over the course of our practice, we have recovered millions of dollars for victims of medical negligence, including:

  • Confidential settlement for client seriously injured by failure to diagnose and treat sepsis
  • Confidential settlement for client who sustained life altering heart damage from an unnecessary heart procedure
  • $3.5 million settlement in a birth injury case
  • $1.4 million jury verdict for a victim of failure to diagnose
  • $1.3 million settlement for the victim of anesthesiology error

Wondering if you have a medical malpractice claim? We are proud to represent clients throughout Oregon and Washington who have been harmed by negligent healthcare professionals. Our goal is to secure the most favorable result possible for cases we truly believe in.

Medical malpractice claims involve a substantial commitment of time, money, and emotion, which is why we only take on cases of merit we believe we can win. To learn if your case qualifies, request a free case evaluation today.

More Information About Medical Malpractice

The information provided below is for information only and should not be taken as legal advice. Medical malpractice claims are extremely complex, typically involving several elements that should be extensively evaluated by an attorney familiar with these types of claims.

Negligence by Act or Omission

Medical malpractice claims allege professional negligence by either act or omission. This means that some medical malpractice claims originate from a mistaken action while others originate out of a healthcare professional's failure to do what they were supposed to do.

Take, for example, a surgical error compared to a failure to diagnose. With the former, the surgeon actively makes a mistake during surgery that causes injury or death to the patient. With the latter, the doctor is making a mistake by omission in failing to diagnose a condition.

Adverse Event vs. Medical Malpractice

There are many different types of medical malpractice claims, but what they all have in common is that they accuse the healthcare professional of failing to provide treatment at the accepted standard of care, which results in injury or death to the patient.

This is different from an adverse event. Every procedure carries a certain degree of risk. When a procedure goes south or a doctor delays making an accurate diagnosis, it may not be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. This goes back to the accepted standard of care criteria. A doctor may perform a heart surgery to the best of his or her ability and at the accepted medical standard and it still may go poorly. Only an experienced medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your situation to determine if medical negligence was a factor.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

Below are examples of common types of medical malpractice claims and is not an exhaustive list.

  • Wrong Site Surgery – Performing the right procedure on the wrong body part
  • Failure to Diagnose – Failing to diagnose a patient's disease or condition
  • Misdiagnosis – Making an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis of a patient's condition
  • Surgical Instruments – Leaving surgical instruments inside the body cavity after the procedure is over
  • Anesthesia Errors – Patient experiences harm as a result of an error in administering anesthesia, such as too much or too little anesthesia
  • Hospital Acquired Infections – Unsanitary conditions that result in patient infection (ex. staph infections)

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