While specific numbers vary depending on the source, it is reasonable to estimate that healthcare errors accounted for wounding or killing approximately 200,000 Americans last year. This means that “mistakes” are now among the leading five causes of death each year in our Country. Doctors and health practitioners take an oath to “do no harm,” however, when these professionals fail to uphold that oath – and their failure leads to physical damage or death – you and your loved ones are entitled to justice. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we think that when you or someone that you love has endured physical injury at the hand of a medical care provider or institution the responsible party should be held morally, financially, and legally liable.
Medical malpractice cases are among the most difficult to pursue and win. Unlike the other types of personal injury claims, a successful medical malpractice case is predicated on medical documents and expert witness testimony. Also, an attorney must know and be able to describe the complex medical issues and circumstances that were at play when the injury or death occurred. There are two main forms of medical malpractice, and while they’re distinct in nature, they do have similarly devastating outcomes. The primary form of malpractice occurs when injuries or damages are the result of a therapeutic treatment being performed in a way that was negligent, such as amputating the wrong body part. The secondary form of medical malpractice case is when injuries or death happen because a doctor or healthcare practitioner does not perform in a way that would be considered appropriate in terms of a patient’s care, such as not diagnosing an obvious condition. Whether the malpractice case is regarded as one of omission or commission, medical malpractice suits fall into one of these broad groups:
At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we’ve been fighting for the rights of Oregonians since 1971, and have been effective in obtaining fair settlements for more than 95% of our clients! Physicians and medical facilities have powerful insurance providers with unlimited resources who fight malpractice suits fiercely. You will need the sort of expert and driven law firm that can investigate the complicated medical documents necessary to prove your case.