Sick and injured people often need medical treatment. These patients place their trust and wellbeing in the hands of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to help them get better. When that trust is broken and a patient is harmed due to a medical professional’s error or negligence, they may have a medical malpractice claim. It is important for victims of medical malpractice to know they have legal rights and remedies available to them.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or healthcare provider treats a patient in a manner that is sub-standard or below the “standard of care”. The standard of care for medical professionals is a treatment guideline that can be general or specific. These standards establish appropriate treatment techniques based on scientific evidence and medical knowledge.
Some medical mistakes are easy to spot. For example, a patient is probably a victim of medical malpractice if a surgeon operates on the wrong body part or leaves medical instruments inside a patient’s body.
However, medical malpractice claims can also be difficult to discover because it takes some medical knowledge to find out if a healthcare provider failed to follow the standard of care. These claims can include:
Not every bad outcome in a medical procedure is a medical malpractice case. Victims of medical malpractice will need to prove the healthcare provider failed to follow the standard of care. However, bad doctors don’t like to admit mistakes. One of the ways to prove that the standard of care was not followed is to use experts in the medical community to testify about the correct way to treat patients.
The attorneys at Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP have established great relationships with great doctors from all fields of medicine and we can help you prove the facts to successfully pursue a claim. Our team of attorneys and doctors can provide the medical knowledge to ensure you get the proper care and compensation you deserve.
Our experience with medical malpractice cases can allow us to confidently guide you through your legal options. With over 120 years of combined legal experience, you can trust that we have the knowledge, skill, and resources to represent you.
For a free initial consultation with one of our experienced medical negligence lawyers, contact our office online or call us at 503-405-8037. We represent medical malpractice victims in state and federal courts in Oregon or Washington.
We take all our cases on a contingency fee basis: we won’t charge you attorney fees if you don’t recover.