When to Hire an Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, is more common than people think.

A 1999 National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine report showed a conservative estimate of between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year due to medical negligence. A 2010 report by the Office of Inspector General at the Health and Human Services Department demonstrates that almost half of the nearly 15,000 reported monthly deaths of elderly patients in U.S. hospitals were caused by medical malpractice.

When injury or death occurs as a direct result of the failure of a physician or other health care provider to properly diagnose and treat a medical condition, it is considered medical malpractice or medical negligence. The injury or death caused by the negligence may be either a new condition or a worsening and aggravation of a prior injury to the patient.

Some examples of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to: unexpected or undisclosed bad outcomes from surgery and medical treatment as well as death or severe injury due to errors during “routine” treatment or surgery.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice or doctor negligence, you should seek legal advice from a Portland medical malpractice lawyer with significant experience successfully handling medical malpractice or negligence cases like yours. They will gather and review all medical records and hire knowledgeable experts to assess whether the case has merit.

Medical malpractice litigation is complex and requires experienced and knowledgeable lawyers. It’s important to note that not all medical treatment which results in a poor outcome is due to malpractice. At Paulson Coletti, we only pursue cases that we believe we have merit and which will help further our goal of making medical treatment safer for the entire community.