Portland Hospital Negligence Attorney
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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.
We can stand up to the following establishments for acts of negligence:
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
- Dental offices
- Nursing homes
- Physical therapy centers
- Plastic surgery centers
- 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.
You have nothing to lose by getting started;
contact our firm today!