All doctors swear an oath to “do no harm” to their patients. Nurses similarly pledge to “abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.” All healthcare providers shoulder a tremendous responsibility to safeguard the health and safety of the rest of us. Unfortunately, healthcare providers sometimes fail to rise to their responsibilities. When that happens, it is the patients who pay the consequences.
At The Gatti Law Firm, our Lake Oswego medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to representing those who were negligently injured because their healthcare provider’s conduct fell below the acceptable standard of medical care. For over 45 years, our firm has delivered effective and compassionate legal representation to residents throughout Oregon. We are committed to holding reckless medical professionals accountable for their injurious carelessness to ensure you have the resources to recover from your injuries.
Contact The Gatti Law Firm today at (503) 543-1114 to set up a free consultation about your case.
How Medical Providers Breach the Standard of Care
Under ordinary circumstances, it is reasonable for one to expect their health to improve or be preserved while under the care of a medical professional. For the most part, one wouldn’t expect their health to deteriorate after seeing a doctor. However, when a medical professional breaches their duty to provide medical care and treatment that meets the standard of care accepted by the medical community under the circumstances, the law demands they be held liable for any resulting injuries.
A medical provider can breach their duty of care in the following ways:
- Failure to Diagnose. A medical professional’s failure or inability to correctly and timely assess the nature of their patient’s illness or ailment can lead to their deteriorated health.
- Delayed Treatment. If other doctors in the community would have reached a conclusion about a patient’s treatment and acted promptly, a doctor’s delay in providing such treatment falls beyond the applicable medical standard of care.
- Hospital-Borne Infections. Infectious diseases from other patients in a hospital can be the source of significant infection. If, for example, a surgeon fails to follow proper protocol for washing and scrubbing up before operating on a patient, they may be liable for a resulting infection.
- Surgical Negligence. If surgeons and their surgical team neglect to adhere to proper safety and sanitation protocols regarding the instruments they’ve used during an operation, they may also be liable for any resulting infections the patient may suffer.
- Anesthesia Issues. Anesthesia in an inappropriately little amount or dangerously large amount can lead to dangerous and often harmful complications during an operation.
- Mistaken Surgical Sites. Sometimes a surgeon operates on the wrong part of the patient’s body. Because this effectively fails to address the underlying issue while simultaneously creating a new problem for the patient, the hospital and surgical team may be liable for any harmful medical complications that ensue.
Comprehensive Legal Services for Lake Oswego Residents
Injuries that stem from medical malpractice can sometimes force one into a position where the must endure the financial, physical, and emotional hardships of recovery. It is unfair to require innocent victims to shoulder the costs of another person’s misgivings. Furthermore, one cannot rely on insurance companies to provide enough benefits to cover an injured victim’s losses. As a result, it is in your best interest to retain a skilled attorney who is willing to be the champion for your legal rights and interests.
If you’ve been injured at the hands of a careless medical professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or hospital staff, you might qualify for a legal remedy. At The Gatti Law Firm, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Lake Oswego are dedicated to zealously advocating for your right to recover damages for the losses you had no choice but to endure due to your healthcare provider’s incompetence.
Call The Gatti Law Firm at (503) 543-1114 or arrange a free consultation about your case online today.