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Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Portland Medical Malpractice Attorney

Were you the victim of a medical error in Portland? You may be able to hold the negligent medical professional liable for your financial losses and physical pain and suffering. A Portland medical malpractice lawyer at Tillmann Law LLC can help you recover fair compensation. Contact our law office for legal help at (503) 272-8986.

When you visit a healthcare provider, you expect them to deliver services with the utmost care, whether you’re there for surgery or a checkup. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned, and you may sustain a worsened condition or additional injuries due to medical errors.

We have over 17 years of experience, and we’ll use that experience to prove that the healthcare provider’s negligence caused your injury and damages. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the medical malpractice that led to your injury and the legal avenues for compensation that may be available. 

How Can Tillmann Law Help You With a Medical Malpractice Claim in Portland, OR?

How Can Tillmann Law Help You With a Medical Malpractice Claim in Portland, OR?

Medical malpractice matters typically involve complex issues requiring expert witness testimony and a legal advocate who frequently handles these types of cases. Additionally, hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, and other providers often have a team of insurance professionals with vast resources to defend them and pay victims as little as possible.

That’s why it’s essential to retain an experienced Portland personal injury lawyer for help with your medical malpractice claim. We’re prepared to level the playing field and ensure that you’re treated fairly throughout the legal process.

Hiring Tillmann Law means you’ll have a skilled attorney on your side who will:

  • Investigate what happened and how the medical error caused or contributed to your injury
  • Consult leading experts, including medical professionals and specialists
  • Prove every element of your case, including the value of your future damages and non-economic losses
  • Negotiate with insurance companies and hospital defense attorneys on your behalf
  • Take your case to court if we fail to secure a fair out-of-court settlement

Don’t let a careless medical professional off the hook for your injuries. Contact our law firm to see how we can help you hold them financially accountable for your losses.

What Is Medical Malpractice in Oregon?

Medical professionals must adhere to a particular level of care when treating patients. If they fall below the accepted medical standard of care and cause an injury, they can be held liable for the victim’s damages in a medical malpractice case. A breach of duty can include a negligent act or omission.

The standard of care that applies to a healthcare provider will depend on several factors, including their medical field, education, training, and years of experience.

In a medical malpractice case, a healthcare provider’s actions are compared to those of a reasonable, similarly-credentialed medical professional under similar circumstances. If their actions fell short of what a reasonable medical provider would’ve done, they likely breached their duty to the patient.

Not all adverse outcomes will amount to medical malpractice. The question is whether the healthcare professional’s actions were reasonable under the circumstances.

What Are Common Examples of Medical Malpractice in Portland?

Many types of actions or omissions can amount to medical malpractice, including:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to diagnose an illness, disease, or condition
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors (e.g., leaving foreign objects inside the body)
  • Medication mistakes (e.g., administering the wrong dosage)
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Failure to monitor a patient’s vital signs
  • Lack of informed consent from a patient
  • Failure to treat a patient
  • Birth injuries
  • Improper patient care
  • Failure to review a patient’s medical history
  • Improper discharge (e.g., discharging a patient too early)
  • Charting errors
  • Failure to order the proper diagnostic tests
  • Misinterpretation of diagnostic tests, labs, or radiology results

Many medical errors are caused by negligence. For example, an understaffed hospital may result in fatigued physicians with heavy caseloads. They may not provide the appropriate level of care to their patients or supervision to their staff, resulting in malpractice.

What Is the Value of My Portland Medical Malpractice Claim?

The value of your medical malpractice case will depend on several factors, such as:

  • The medical treatment you received and how the medical mistake caused or worsened an injury, condition, or illness
  • The severity of your harm
  • The costs you incurred due to the medical error
  • The impact of the malpractice on your quality of life and ability to earn a living
  • The pain and suffering you’ve endured due to the error
  • Whether the error caused a permanent impairment or disability

It’s difficult to give an exact amount or even a range until we’ve discussed your situation and the harm you’ve suffered. Contact us today to learn more about the value of your medical malpractice case and the damages you can seek.

What Compensation Is Available To Medical Malpractice Victims in Oregon?

Victims of medical malpractice can pursue compensation for their economic (financial) and non-economic (subjective) losses.

Economic damages could include the following:

  • Current medical expenses, such as an extended hospital stay caused by the malpractice
  • Future medical costs, such as corrective surgeries
  • Lost income and benefits
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages could include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of companionship

Contact our Portland medical malpractice attorneys to learn about these and other damages you may be entitled to seek from a negligent health care provider.

What Types of Injuries Are Caused By Medical Malpractice?

A variety of injuries can result from malpractice, depending on the medical procedure or error involved.

A Portland personal injury attorney from Tillmann Law can help you recover compensation in a medical malpractice claim no matter what injuries you’ve sustained, including:

  • Brain injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Infections
  • Heart failure
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • A worsened underlying condition or illness
  • Mental disorders
  • Sepsis
  • Pneumonia

We can also help you file a wrongful death claim if you lost a loved one due to medical malpractice.

Who Is Liable in a Medical Malpractice Case?

Any of the following parties could share liability in a Portland medical negligence case:

  • Physician
  • Surgeon
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse
  • Hospital staff
  • Hospital
  • Healthcare center
  • Urgent care center
  • Emergency room
  • Administrator
  • Manufacturer of a defective medical device (e.g., surgical implants, medications, surgical mesh, etc.)

Liability often depends on whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee. Our legal team will identify any party who shares financial responsibility for your injuries.

How Do I Prove Negligence in an Oregon Medical Malpractice Case?

The plaintiff (injured patient) in a medical malpractice case has the burden of proving the elements of negligence, which include:

  • Duty of care: All healthcare providers owe a duty of care to their patients. As long as you were a patient, we can prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed; thus, they owed you a certain standard of care.
  • Breach of duty: If the healthcare provider committed an act or omission that deviated from their required standard of care and injured you, they likely breached their duty.
  • Causation: You must prove that the healthcare provider’s acts or omissions directly caused your injuries and damages.
  • Damages: You must prove the extent of your damages (e.g., medical bills, lost wages, etc.).

To prove each element of negligence in a medical malpractice claim, you’ll need evidence such as:

  • Medical records (charts, invoices, statements, lab tests, etc.)
  • Hospital records
  • Employment records (pay stubs, attendance records, etc.)
  • Testimony and opinions from medical experts
  • Hospital policies and procedures
  • Pharmacy records
  • Photos and videos of your injuries

We’ll help you identify and gather evidence proving every element of your claim. Contact our experienced medical malpractice attorney in Portland for help.

How Long Do I Have To File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Oregon?

Oregon medical malpractice victims must typically file their lawsuit within two years of the date the injury was discovered or should’ve been discovered.

However, Oregon’s statute of repose sets a deadline of five years from the date of treatment to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, even if you haven’t yet discovered the injury.

An exception to this 5-year statutory deadline is if deceit, fraud, or misrepresentation is involved. In that case, you have two years from when the deceit, fraud, or misrepresentation is discovered (or reasonably should’ve been discovered). Other exceptions may exist if the victim is a child or has a disabling mental condition.

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims can be confusing. If you miss the applicable deadline, you’ll lose the legal right to hold the at-fault medical provider liable for your injuries.

Contact us today to discuss the medical error that caused your injury, and we’ll give you a better idea of the deadline that applies to your situation.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Experienced Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Were you injured due to medical malpractice in Portland, OR? Contact Tillmann Law for immediate assistance. We’ll help you identify the liable party, calculate your damages, and prove the elements of your negligence claim.

Call our Portland medical malpractice lawyers today for a free case assessment to see how we can assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve.

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