When we admit ourselves to a hospital or are seen by a healthcare professional,
we expect to leave in a better condition rather than a worsening one caused
by negligence. Unfortunately, mistakes happen frequently and patients
are often injured due to poor or negligent care. In such cases, patients
can take action against the facility or doctor that treated them by filing
a medical malpractice lawsuit to obtain the compensation they deserve
and often need to recover from their injuries without enduring any unnecessary
financial burden on top of their pain and suffering. However, in the state
of Oregon, there is a cap on such claims.
Damage Caps in Oregon for Medical Malpractice Claims
When an injured patient files a medical malpractice claim, if successful,
he or she can recover economic and non-economic damages. Non-economic
damages, which include pain and suffering and loss of consortium, are
limited to $500,000 per plaintiff.
That said, there are no damage caps on economic damages, which include
present and future costs of medical treatment, lost wages, and loss of
work. Additionally, if punitive damages apply to your case, there is no
cap for this either. Punitive damages are only permitted against hospitals
and are not applicable in cases against healthcare providers. Make sure
you consult with a skilled medical malpractice attorney to discuss the
facts of your case. This area of practice tends to be quite complicated,
so having experienced legal help on your side will make the process seem
much less daunting, which will vastly decrease your risks of making any
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Portland
If you suffered an injury caused by a medical professional’s negligent
actions, you have a right to pursue compensation and hold them accountable
for their actions. At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., our Portland
medical malpractice attorneys are proud to provide quality and aggressive
legal representation to clients throughout Portland and the surrounding areas.
We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not owe us
any legal fees if we cannot win your case.
Contact our office today at
(503) 616-5441 to request a free consultation to learn what your case might be worth.