Medical malpractice occurs when healthcare professionals cause harm to their patient, resulting in devastating injury, illness, disability, even death. Any healthcare professional can commit medical malpractice, from doctors to nurses and dentists to technicians.
If you have been harmed by a healthcare professional, you should understand your rights. Our skillful medical malpractice lawyers in Eugene are here to help. We will listen to your story, review the facts to determine if it meets the basic requirements for malpractice, and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Was your loved one harmed by a doctor’s negligence, or are you facing the devastating impact of medical malpractice? Contact us The Gatti Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation at (503) 543-1114.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Cases of medical malpractice may involve any type of error made during medical treatment which directly causes harm to the patient. Common examples include:
- Misdiagnosis: This also includes failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis causing a health condition to worsen. This is one of the most common medical malpractice claims.
- Surgical errors: Examples include performing an amputation on the wrong limb, improper placement of hardware and/or screws which causes damage to the surrounding nerves and organs, leaving surgical instruments in the body, puncturing surrounding tissues/organs with an instrument, or causing nerve damage.
- Anesthesia errors: Mistakes may be made either through overdose or multiple drug interactions causing complications.
- Prescription drug errors: This may include prescribing the wrong medication, the wrong dose, or giving the patient a medication to which they are allergic.
- Birth trauma: These injuries occur to newborns and can cause permanent disability, such as cerebral palsy.
- Wrongful death: Unexpected death is an extremely traumatic, stressful experience for surviving loved ones. You can bring a lawsuit against the doctor or hospital if you have been impacted.
How Is Medical Malpractice Proven?
While there is no Oregon statute setting out the proof requirements in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice, but typically, the plaintiff must:
- Establish the existence of a provider/patient relationship
- Explain what the appropriate medical standard of care should have been
- Show how the provider fell below that accepted medical standard of care while treating the patient
- Prove how the provider’s negligence or recklessness caused quantifiable harm to the patient, such as providing expert medical witness testimony
Contact The Gatti Law Firm for Legal Representation
Medical professionals who cause harm to a patient – whether it was intentional or not – should be held accountable for their actions. This means if you’ve been injured or harmed in any way by a healthcare professional, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Eugene so you can recover sufficient compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact us online or call (503) 543-1114 today to book a free case evaluation with The Gatti Law Firm.