Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed due to the negligence of a medical professional. A medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed when a patient has been injured through misdiagnosis, mistreatment, the failure to treat or diagnose a condition, incorrectly filling a prescription, or when birth injuries occur. These errors are not rare, and the consequences can be deadly. In fact, a study by the well-respected Journal of Patient Safety indicates that as many as 440,000 people per year die from preventable medical errors.
In addition to the thousands of individuals that die, millions are injured each year as a result of medical errors. These injuries, in many cases, are severe and leave patients in need of substantial care and ongoing medical treatment. A medical malpractice lawsuit is necessary to help compensate these victims for their pain and suffering and required medical care. If you or a loved one have suffered due to medical errors, contact a seasoned medical malpractice lawyer for a full assessment of your case.
Medical malpractice litigation is technical. Attorneys and medical experts must consider copious medical notes and records and determine if your injuries were as a result of medical errors. Experts can help determine if the care provided, or the omission or appropriate care, led to the injuries sustained.
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the patient must prove:
- The medical professional’s conduct was careless and below the standard of a reasonably cautious professional, either through an act or the failure to perform an act (failure to diagnose a condition, failure to order a test, failure to examine a patient’s history, failure to perform surgery in a timely manner).
- The patient suffered harm as a result of the act (or failure to act) by the medical professional, and that harm would not have occurred had the professional provided a reasonably cautious level of care.
- The medical professional’s mistake or careless conduct directly caused the harm.
If you have been injured due to the errors of a medical professional, you need an expert on your side. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can discuss your case with you and help you determine if you are eligible to receive compensation. There is a statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases in Oregon, so take action today! Contact Angel Law, P.C. online or by phone at (503) 862-8666 for a free consultation.