Portland Medical Malpractice Attorney
When we trust a Portland doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to provide medical care, we expect that he or she will uphold a certain standard of care while treating us. Unfortunately, not all medical providers treat patients with the diligence and respect they deserve—sometimes committing dangerous errors that put their health at risk.
If you have experienced negligence at the hands of a Portland medical professional, you may be eligible for financial compensation. In these situations, the Portland personal injury lawyers at DuBois Law Group can fight for your right to compensation and represent you in your claim.
Why Choose Us
- Over our years of operation, our Portland personal injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients. We are dedicated to achieving maximum compensation in your case.
- Our firm understands the financial hardships that often occur after medical malpractice. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if we do not secure compensation in your claim, you will not be charged legal fees.
- Our firm operates a separate medical department designed to support you on your path to recovery. We can connect you with the treatment you need and recommend specialists who can support your unique medical needs.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Like many professions, nurses, physicians, surgeons, and other medical providers must adhere to certain guidelines while treating patients. This is known as the medical standard of care. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional deviates from the accepted standard of care and causes harm to a patient. The at-fault provider’s actions or omissions differ from what a similarly trained and reasonable healthcare professional would have done under the same circumstances.
Common examples of medical malpractice include the following.
- Failure to properly diagnose a condition
- Misdiagnosing a condition
- Administering the wrong medication or dosage
- Committing an error during surgery
- Failure to provide adequate aftercare or follow up
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Failure to order the proper diagnostic tests
- Failure to take patient history into account
- Discharging a parent prematurely
- Using dangerous or inappropriate birthing techniques
If you have experienced any one of these, reach out to one of our Portland medical malpractice lawyers today.
Damages Available to Medical Malpractice Victims
Acts of medical malpractice can have severe and profound complications. You may develop a worsening illness or medical condition that can even result in death, which could have been avoided with a proper diagnosis. You may also become injured or develop new complications due to the actions of the medical provider.
If you experience medical malpractice in a Portland hospital or clinic, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault professional and his or her employer. Through your claim, you can recover two types of damages related to your injury or worsening illness: economic damages and non-economic damages, also known as pain and suffering.
Common damages available in Oregon medical malpractice claims include the following.
- Past and future medical expenses related to your condition
- Lost wages during your recovery period
- Loss of future earnings if your condition prevents you from returning to work
- Rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other forms of long-term care
- Disability accommodations and mobility equipment
- Loss of quality of life
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Depression and anxiety
- Chronic pain
How to Prove an Oregon Medical Malpractice Claim
To secure compensation in an Oregon medical malpractice lawsuit, you will need to provide enough evidence to establish the at-fault doctor’s negligence. Specifically, there are four elements of negligence that you will need to prove.
- Duty: The at-fault medical professional owed you a duty of care. All providers have to uphold a certain duty while treating patients formally. Your medical records listing the at-fault provider’s name can help you establish a duty of care.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault provider breached his or her duty of care through a negligent act or failure to act. You must prove that his or her actions deviated from what another provider would have done in your case. You can use your medical records and testimony from third-party medical professionals to establish this point.
- Causation: The at-fault provider’s breach of duty caused your illness or injury. You will need to prove that you would not have sustained this damage if not for the actions of the at-fault party. Expert witness testimony, medical records, and scientific evidence can help prove causation.
- Damages: You sustained damages due to the at-fault provider’s actions that you can collect in the lawsuit. You can use documents such as medical bills, invoices, paystubs, correspondence, and journal entries to prove damages. For long-term care costs, your medical malpractice lawyer can enlist the help of expert witnesses who can create a care plan on your behalf.
What to Do After Experiencing Medical Malpractice
For many Portland residents, it can be difficult to identify medical malpractice, and whether they need to consult an attorney. However, if you suspect that your doctor is acting in a negligent manner, it is important to act quickly and seek help as soon as possible. After you realize that you may have experienced medical malpractice, take the following steps to protect yourself and your right to compensation
- Seek medical attention from another provider. Depending on the nature of your condition, you may need another doctor to correct the mistakes of the at-fault provider and get you the treatment that you need. In addition, the records that you receive from the second provider can help you establish the at-fault professional’s mistakes.
- Request copies of your medical records as soon as you can. These documents will be valuable in establishing your future case; they contain detailed summaries of your condition, treatment, medical history, and other important pieces of information. Using these records, you can prove that the at-fault provider acted in a negligent manner.
- Start a journal and document your condition. Each day, write down how the act of medical negligence affected your physical and emotional health, as well as your financial well-being. This journal can help establish your right to damages, including intangible pain and suffering losses.
After taking these steps, contact a DuBois Law Group lawyer as soon as possible. This type of lawsuit can be difficult to navigate alone, and a Portland medical malpractice attorney can provide you with the support you need.
Contact DuBois Law Group
If you believe that you are the victim of medical negligence, the attorneys at DuBois Law Group can help. Our lawyers can help you recover the compensation you deserve and hold the at-fault healthcare provider accountable for his or her actions. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and identify your optimal path forward. (503) 222-4411