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When we seek medical treatment for an injury or an illness, we expect the hospital or healthcare facility to observe any and all necessary measures to ensure the well-being of its patients. When one fails to do so, not only is our trust in the medical system violated, but it can also result in further and preventable impairment. If you have been the victim of hospital negligence in Portland or surrounding Oregon areas, let our medical malpractice lawyer help you fight for the justice you deserve.

At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., our skilled Oregon medical malpractice attorney has more than 20 years of experience practicing malpractice law. We've seen hundreds of cases in which a hospital did not adequately manage their staff and procedures which led to tragic consequences. We are passionate advocates for victims of malpractice, especially if negligence leads to an avoidable death. When we represent wrongful death cases, we don't stop at seeking compensation for you and your family; we also fight to have a hospital's policies changed so that such a tragedy does not happen again.


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Understanding Hospital Negligence

A medical establishment has a responsibility to its residents to maintain a standard of professionalism, safety, and protocol that best ensures their health and wellness. This means setting proper policies and procedures regarding conduct, response, and management. If a hospital cannot manage its staff and its practice in a manner that reduces the risk of potential malpractice, it may be liable for any damages you incur while in its care.

Examples of hospital negligence include:

  • Failing to implement proper training, education, and licensing standards on staff
  • Failure to ensure that non-employers are competent and licensed
  • Understaffing their hospitals to a degree that is insufficient for adequate care
  • Improper documentation, management, or organization of patient records
We can stand up to the following establishments for acts of negligence:
  • Dental offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Physical therapy centers
  • Plastic surgery centers
  • Hospitals
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Outpatient clinics

Are hospitals responsible for a doctor's conduct?

As are most companies, a medical establishment is responsible for its staff. This means that they are potentially liable for any damages that their employed nurses or doctors may cause. When it comes to the relationship between hospitals and doctors, it is important to note that not all doctors are directly employed by the hospital at which they practice.

Many doctors, such as "attending physicians" are actually independent contractors, or an individual who provides his service to the hospital under contract. An employed doctor is defined as a practitioner whose hours and vacation time are controlled by the hospital, as well as the fees that he or she can charge.

While a hospital is generally only responsible for employed doctors, there are exceptions. For example, if a hospital does not specify to the patient that a doctor is not an employee, you do have the right to sue the establishment for his or her negligence. Additionally, if an independent contractor has previously proven to be incompetent or dangerous, a hospital may be liable for keeping him or her on staff.

Take Action Against a Hospital's Negligence

Pursuing compensation from a hospital for negligence can be difficult, as it is not always clear when a hospital may be liable for a doctor's mistakes. Thus, if you have suffered an injury or illness because of the negligence of your medical facility in Portland, it is essential to retain the services of a competent medical malpractice attorney. At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., our team of legal professionals can be in your corner to fully investigate a hospital to determine whether or not you can pursue a claim against them. When you come to our firm, there is no cost to you unless we win your case.

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Why You Can Trust Our Firm to Fight for You
  • Millions of Dollars Recovered for the Injured & Bereaved
  • Named "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers
  • Included in the Listing of Oregon Super Lawyers® of 2014 and 2015
  • Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Featured in Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's Sidebar Publication
  • We work on a contingency fee basis - you don’t pay unless we win!