A Checklist of What to Bring to an Initial Consult with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

When medical negligence harms you or someone you love, meeting with an attorney can be the first step in the road to recovery and justice. During this meeting, which is free and doesn’t obligate you to anything, you can get important answers about your rights and options. To ensure you get the most helpful information from a lawyer during an initial consult, try to take some time ahead of your consult to prepare as much of the following as possible to bring along. Items to Show a Medical Malpractice Lawyer during a Consult An overview of your medical history [...]

October 18th, 2015|

Is My Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?

Maybe – whether you have to pay taxes on a personal injury settlement will depend on the nature of the award and, specifically, whether it is intended to compensate you for physical injuries or illnesses. Personal Injury Compensation that Is Not Taxable Whether a personal injury settlement is taxable will depend on the nature of the damages awarded, a Portland personal injury lawyer explains. In general, compensatory damages for physical injuries will not be subject to taxes. Compensatory damages will vary according to a case, but they generally include damages for the following (if or when applicable): Lost [...]

October 15th, 2015|

Who Can Be Sued for Medical Mistakes & Malpractice?

Although many medical professionals and health care facilities in the U.S. provide wonderful care to patients, medical mistakes and malpractice also occur far too often. In fact, research has indicated that misdiagnoses alone impact at least 1 in every 20 patients in the U.S. When misdiagnoses and other medical mistakes end up harming patients, injured people may be able to sue the negligent parties to financially recover for their injuries, suffering and other losses. Just who will be liable, however, will depend on the specific nature of the negligence that occurred. Below are some examples of the types of [...]

October 12th, 2015|

FAQs about Oregon Workers Compensation Claims

Following a work accident or illness, filing for workers’ compensation benefits can be injured workers’ best option for obtaining financial support while they focus on getting better. For many people, however, knowing what to do to get a claim started – and what they may need to do going forward to avoid sabotaging their claim – can be far from straightforward. To help point injured workers in the right direction, below, we have answered some common questions about Oregon workers compensation claims. Important Info about Oregon Workers Compensation Claims for Injured Workers Q: What should I do after getting [...]

October 9th, 2015|

Personal Injury 101: What Is Negligence?

Negligence is a legal concept that refers to some party’s failure to act with a certain level of care and, as a result of this failure, put others’ safety at risk. Serving as the basis of personal injury lawsuits, negligence is closely tied to liability, as the party that acted negligently will also be the entity responsible for compensating those who were injured by the negligence. How to Prove Negligence In general, the following factors need to be established in order to prove that some type of negligence occurred: A duty of care existed: In other words, one party [...]

October 6th, 2015|

4 Facts to Know for National Fire Prevention Week

October 4th through the 10th is National Fire Prevention Week in the U.S., advocates at the National Safety Council (NSC) recently announced. This week is dedicated to preventing deadly home fires, educating the public about how to protect themselves at home and saving lives. To this end, below, we have pointed out some important facts to know about home fires. We encourage you to share these facts with your loved ones so that everyone can support National Fire Prevention Week and make every effort to protect themselves and their families at home. The Facts about Home Fires in the [...]

October 3rd, 2015|

4 Myths about Birth Injuries that You Shouldn’t Believe

Believing these birth injury myths can cost you, Portland medical malpractice lawyers explain. Here’s why. Contact us if you’ve been harmed by medical mistakes. Birth injuries can be as devastating to infants as they may be to parents, especially when preventable medical negligence may have contributed to these injuries. What can compound the impacts of birth injuries, however, is believing some of the misconceptions about them. This is because birth injury myths can mislead parents into compromising their options for financial recovery. To prevent this and inform parents about the rights they and their children have, below, we [...]

September 30th, 2015|

10 Most Dangerous Products in U.S. – You Likely Have All of Them at Home

Home is usually where people feel safe and protected. Unfortunately, however, some of the products people use every day at home may be posing a significant risk to their – and their loved ones’ – safety. In fact, recently, researchers at Health Grove ranked the leading products and items that are most dangerous for consumers, based on the number of injuries and deaths they cause each year in the U.S. And the results may shock you because you and your family likely use many – if not most – of these products day in and day out. Products that [...]

September 26th, 2015|

Operating Room Cameras Could Prevent Deadly Surgical Mistakes, Some Say

A controversial, growing movement in the U.S. is pushing for the installation of cameras in operating rooms in order to document what happens during surgeries – especially those that go wrong and lead to allegations of medical malpractice claims. This push is being spearheaded by two efforts: a proposed bill in Wisconsin and new technology being tested in Toronto. Wisconsin Bill Proposing Cameras in ORs Known as the “Julie Ayer Rubenzer Law,” a bill that is currently making its way through the Wisconsin legislature would institute: A requirement for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, or any other places where surgical [...]

September 23rd, 2015|

5 Instances When People Should Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Sustaining an injury – or having a loved one get hurt – can turn people’s lives upside down. While focusing on healing and getting the appropriate medical care during these times is crucial, it may also be essential to: Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney – This free meeting can help injured people find out if their accident/injuries were caused by negligence and, if so, what their options for compensation may be. Take action to pursue financial recovery – This can be essential to covering the costs of medical care and helping people move on with their lives. [...]

September 20th, 2015|

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