Every Oregon medical patient has a right to reasonably expect his or her physician and medical team members to provide quality care in accordance with state regulations and accepted industry safety standards. Sadly, if a doctor, nurse, technician or other licensed medical worker fails in his or her duties, a patient may suffer injuries as a result. Thousands of fatalities occur in this state and throughout the country every year because of medical negligence.
Proving medical negligence in court is difficult
If a person suffers illness or injury because of substandard medical care, he or she can file a medical malpractice claim in a civil court. As a plaintiff, this person is tasked with convincing the judge or jury of several things. For instance, a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must demonstrate that the defendant owed a duty to him or her.
The plaintiff must also provide evidence to show that the defendant was negligent in his or her duty. Finally, the judge or jury must be convinced by the presentation of evidence to believe that the defendant’s negligence was a causal factor to the injuries the plaintiff suffered while under the defendant’s care.
Preparation and presentation of evidence are keys to successful litigation
Medical malpractice and other types of personal injury claims are among the most complex and stressful types of litigation in the Oregon court system today. A patient recovering from medical injury need not go it alone in court. In fact, his or her chances of a favorable outcome are greater by acting alongside experienced legal representation from start to finish but, especially, when evidence is being presented in court.