Bend Medical Malpractice Attorney
Doctors are there to help protect and improve their patients’ health – not to cause injury. Unfortunately, medical error is a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. If you have been harmed as a result of medical malpractice, contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC as soon as possible. Our Oregon trial attorneys are tough advocates for victims of medical negligence.
Why Choose Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC?
- Our team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to pursuing justice and the maximum compensation for our clients.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no cost to you until we win a recovery.
- We have a reputation for success in medical malpractice cases and have won numerous recognitions and awards from respected organizations.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a physician or other healthcare provider causes injury to a patient through a negligent act or omission. The following elements must exist for a claim to be considered medical malpractice under the law:
- Violation of the standard of care: Certain medical standards are recognized as acceptable medical treatment by reasonably prudent health care professionals under similar circumstances – constituting the standard of care. Negligence may be established if the standard of care has not been met.
- Negligence caused injury: To have a medical malpractice claim, it is not sufficient that the healthcare professional violated the standard of care. You must also prove that you sustained an injury that would not have occurred without the healthcare provider’s negligence.
- The injury resulted in damages: You must show that significant damages resulted from the injury you received because of medical negligence. Damages may include loss of income, disability, pain and suffering, and past and future medical bills.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
According to the National Practitioner Data Bank at the US Department of Health and Human Services, $3,925,073,250 was paid out for medical malpractice claims in the U.S. in 2017, representing a 2.34% increase over the previous year. The total payout amount in Oregon was $62,239,300 – a 97 percent increase over 2016.
The following percentages of that amount were paid out according to the severity of the outcome:
- 30% for injuries resulting in death
- 20% for major permanent injuries
- 18% for significant permanent injuries
- 12% for quadriplegic, brain damage, and lifelong care injuries
- 8% for minor permanent injuries
- 7% for major temporary injuries
- 5% for other injuries
Types of Medical Malpractice
Categorized by type of malpractice, the nearly $4 billion for medical malpractice claims in 2017 was paid out as follows:
- 34% — Diagnosis errors
- 22% — Surgical errors
- 19% — Treatment errors
- 9% — Obstetrics errors
- 5% — Medication errors
- 5% — Monitoring errors
- 6% — Other errors
Who Is Liable?
It is not only physicians who can be held liable for medical negligence. Potentially liable parties in a medical malpractice claim may include:
- Physician’s Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Pharmaceutical companies
Why You Need an Attorney
Medical malpractice claims involve complex legal and medical issues and often require the testimony of expert witnesses. Insurance companies will have teams of lawyers to defend against your claim. It is in your best interests to have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer by your side.
Get In Touch with Our Firm Today
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we believe in holding negligent doctors and healthcare providers accountable for the harm they cause to patients. Call us today to schedule a consultation if you or your loved one has been injured through medical malpractice.