Portland Radiation Error Attorney
Radiation errors can expose the body to excess radiation, causing injury to the patient. This type of injury can occur in hospitals when doctors overdose the amount of radiation used in therapy. By destroying cancer cells, radiation can save lives. However, overexposure can cause serious injuries or death.
If you have been injured by excessive exposure to radiation caused by medical error, schedule a consultation with our medical malpractice attorneys at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC in Portland, OR. We are aggressive negotiators and experienced trial lawyers who are committed to pursuing the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Us?
- Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee to you until we win.
- We have more than 50 years of combined experience.
- Our attorneys have received numerous recognitions and awards from respected organizations.
- We will not hesitate to fight for your rights in court, if necessary.
Common Radiation Errors
If not administered properly, radiation treatments can be dangerous. Patients can be over-exposed to radiation in several different ways. Common radiation errors include:
- Doctor errors in writing prescriptions for radiation therapy
- Inattentiveness of medical professionals due to staff shortages
- Malfunctioning machines
- Equipment programming errors
- Radiation beams positioned incorrectly
- Improperly inspected radiation equipment
Consequences of Radiation Errors
Radiation errors can result in severe long-term injuries with limited treatment options or death. Radiation error injuries include:
- Radiation burns
- Organ damage
- Bone death
- Loss of teeth
- Loss of hearing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty seeing
After radiation error injuries, symptoms may appear immediately or not until much later. Symptoms may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin burns
- Hair loss
- Low blood pressure
- Bloody stools
Who Is Liable?
Radiation injuries may be caused by equipment malfunction or human error. Potentially liable parties may include the doctor, various medical staff, the hospital, or the radiotherapy center.
Comparative negligence applies in medical malpractice cases when the injured party is partially at fault for his or her injuries. Damages awarded are reduced by the percentage of fault. A claimant found to be more than 50% at fault for his or her injuries cannot recover damages.
Oregon has special rules for more than one responsible party in medical malpractice cases (joint liability). Each defendant is responsible for a portion of the total damages corresponding to the percentage of fault assigned to that defendant. However, if one defendant is unable to pay his or her share of the damages within a year, the remaining defendants divide and share the responsibility.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Claims for compensation for medical radiation errors are complicated cases involving technical, medical, and legal issues. It is in your best interests to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney by your side to pursue maximum compensation under the law for your injuries. Our experienced trial lawyers can investigate your injuries, craft a compelling case, negotiate skillfully with the other side, and fight for your rights in court if necessary.
Contact Us Today
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC in Portland, OR, we are dedicated advocates for people injured through the negligence of others. If you have suffered injury caused by radiation errors, contact us for a free case consultation.