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Emotional and other concerns of hospital negligence claims


For those suffering an injury due to negligence in an Oregon hospital, a malpractice lawsuit is often the first remedy that comes to mind. One author points to a number of considerations that should be made before pursuing this path. Among other concerns are the financial and emotional preparedness of the injured person, or their representatives, and the need for competent legal counsel.

Traumatic medical errors can leave severe emotional scars. A primary concern for anyone seeking compensation for the damage is the worry of having to relive the damage many times over, which is an expected occurrence in a medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney who understands this emotional cost is just as important as having supportive family and friends.

Potential plaintiffs also have concerns over the target of the lawsuit and presence of evidence to show negligence. A lawsuit for hospital negligence is not necessarily required when an injury occurs in a hospital setting. It may be possible to make malpractice claims against individuals instead of the institution, which may increase the chance of gaining compensation or at least reduce anxiety. Regardless of the target, all plaintiffs require evidence, and this may in part take the form of independent medical review of the case. A “gut feeling” can lead to evidence, but it cannot be the sole foundation for a medical malpractice claim.

Patients who have suffered injury due to medical negligence are often not prepared emotionally to take on the demands of a lawsuit. An attorney with experience pursuing compensation for hospital negligence can help by handling the practical concerns, such as gathering evidence, conducting interviews and constructing a case. Patients injured in Oregon have the option to contact an attorney and discuss their case at any point after the injury.