Hillsboro Medical Malpractice Attorney
Countless patients sustain serious injuries as a result of mistakes that occur at the hands of a negligent physician or other medical professionals responsible for their care and well-being. If you or someone you love has been injured due to medical malpractice, whether by an incompetent act or omission of care, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our Hillsboro medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to pursue compensation for the damages you and your family have endured. We understand how devastating these situations can be, especially for a mother and child injured during the delivery process. We have years of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits specifically for OB-GYN negligence and can guide you every step of the legal process.
Whether you suffered substandard care from Tuality Community Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center or another local hospital, we can help you build a strong case as well pursue all of the compensation that you deserve. Your consultation with our attorneys is free and comes with no obligation to you. There are no fees for our legal services unless we help you obtain compensation.
Benefits of Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
There are many benefits to hiring an attorney after you have suffered harm due to medical malpractice. A Hillsboro medical malpractice lawyer can be useful to your case in the following ways:
- Saving you time and no upfront costs – We understand the time and dedication it takes to file a claim. Without the legal experience, it can feel overwhelming. Our firm can evaluate your case and review your legal options during a free consultation. You also do not have to worry about any upfront costs if you decide to move forward. We want you to solely focus on your recovery.
- Handling all the paperwork – It can be difficult to understand the legal jargon when you are reading a legal document. All of the endless paperwork involved in a claim to prepare, review and submit can be handled on your behalf by an attorney with legal knowledge of state laws.
- Using valuable experts and resources – When you hire a lawyer, you are also tapping into his or her resources. We can consult experts in the medical field to help support your case and improve your chances of obtaining compensation.
- Knowing the value of your claim – Our firm can help calculate the value of all of your losses so we can pursue full compensation. Damages can be anything from medical expenses to lost wages, and pain and suffering. Without an attorney, you may be offered less than you deserve.
- Communicating with insurance companies – One of the most intimidating things to do when filing a claim is to contact an insurance company. You may be unsure of what to say or when taking to an insurance adjuster. We can handle all communication with the insurance companies on your behalf and help you know what you should or should not say to insurers.
- Negotiating the best settlement – We know how to negotiate a favorable settlement for our clients, especially after determining the value of your claim. An attorney can accurately represent your needs and fight for the compensation you are entitled.
- Pursuing a lawsuit if necessary – If your claim has been denied or devalued, we are prepared to help you file a lawsuit and guide you every step of the way.
Our law team is ready to discuss your case with you. Call 503.245.5677 today.
Proving Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are often very complex. There are no specific statutes that sets out the requirements to pursue a lawsuit for medical malpractice in Oregon. Although generally, there must be certain elements in your claim to prove that the treating physician is liable for medical malpractice to have a chance at obtaining compensation. These include:
- Doctor/patient relationship existed – Our medical malpractice lawyers in Hillsboro will need to establish that a doctor-patient relation existed. There must have been an agreement between you and the medical professional for him or her to provide treatment. Once the relationship is established, the doctor, in this case an OB-GYN, was legally obligated to provide care that met the acceptable standards within the medical community. In other words, he or she must act in a reasonable manner as a similarly trained medical professional would do in the same situation.
- Duty of care was breached – We will need to prove that the care you received failed to meet the accepted standards in the medical community. This means the medical professional did not take the reasonable steps that others with similar experience and training would have done in a similar situation. Examples of a breached duty of care may include failing to diagnose or identify a birth defect during pregnancy, performing unnecessary surgery, improperly using forceps, not performing a timely C-section, or failing to prepare or perform a difficult delivery.
- Proximate cause – Our attorneys will need to establish a causal link between the injuries you suffered and the breach of duty of care. In other words, the medical professional’s actions or inactions directly caused you harm and was not a pre-exiting condition. For instance, had the OB-GYN carefully monitored an expectant mother to discover prenatal conditions including ectopic pregnancy, the mother and the child would not have been injured during delivery.
- Damages – We must prove that you suffered monetary damages caused by the negligent medical treatment you received from the medical professional. This may include medical bills and loss of income from missing time from work.
At Rizk Law, we have the resources and knowledge to help you build a strong case to prove that medical malpractice occurred. We understand how serious and debilitating injuries caused by medical malpractice can be and that is why we are committed to recovering the compensation you need.
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Compensation Available for Medical Malpractice
In Oregon, victims of medical malpractice may recover economic and non-economic damages against a negligent medical professional. However, there is a cap or limit of $500,000 for non-economic damages, such as loss of consortium and pain and suffering as outlined in ORS 31.710.
Economic damages are verifiable monetary losses for reasonable and necessary expenses such as:
- Medical, hospital, nursing and rehabilitation services
- Other health care-related costs
- Loss of income
- Past and future impairment of earning capacity
- Domestic services
- Burial and memorial expenses
Non-economic damages are subjective nonmonetary losses including, but not limited to:
- Pain and mental suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of care, comfort or companionship
- Interference with normal activities
Our Hillsboro medical malpractice attorneys can conduct a detailed investigation to determine all of the ways negligence has affected you financially, physically and emotionally as we try to determine an accurate valuation of your losses.
We look forward to helping you. Call 503.245.5677.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Oregon has a deadline for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. This deadline is also known as a statute of limitations, and once the deadline has passed, you will no longer have the right to file a lawsuit.
Under ORS 12.110, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice is within two years from the date the injury was first discovered or should have reasonably been discovered, but no more than five years from the date malpractice occurred.
In the event an injury caused by medical malpractice leads to death, a suit for wrongful death can be filed. You have three years from the date of the injury, discovery or date of death, but no more than five years from the date the injury occurred to file a claim.
It can be difficult and complicated to interpret these laws on your own. This is why you should contact a Hillsboro personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine how much time you have to file a suit. Our trusted lawyers are well-versed in the statute of limitations and the exceptions to these rules. We can review your situation to see how these rules apply specifically to your case.
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Contact Our Hillsboro Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Have you or a loved one been the victim of medical malpractice?
Contact one of our Hillsboro medical malpractice attorneys to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to review your case, discuss your legal options and determine the amount of compensation you are entitled. There is a limited amount of time to pursue a claim as these types of cases require a detailed investigation and endlessness paperwork. Let us take care of all the details on your behalf.
We have in-depth knowledge of many aspects of these claims, including when how to prove malpractice and hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge any legal fees unless you recover favorable compensation.