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Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure has long been associated with the development of mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma often do not become apparent until years or decades after exposure. This means that people are still getting sick today despite recent regulations limiting the use of asbestos in several industries. What’s more, many legal uses of asbestos still abound, meaning exposure is still possible today.

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the membrane of the lungs and abdomen. Since the disease shows symptoms that mimic other ailments, it can be hard to diagnose.

There are four types of mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular. Those with a mesothelioma-related disease often experience fatigue, difficulty breathing, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, and chest pain, coughing, and shortness of breath, among other symptoms.

What can an attorney do?

Proving a mesothelioma case can be complex. Often it requires collecting and examining evidence – such as medical and employment records – that are years or decades old. It may also involve collecting evidence from different states or jurisdictions. Additionally, there are typically many parties with conflicting interests involved, such as employers, manufacturers, and insurance companies. An attorney who specializes in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses will be familiar with the relevant laws and regulations, as well as the types of evidence necessary to prove a mesothelioma case in Oregon.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional or provider’s failure to meet the established standard of care results in the injury or death of a patient. To prove medical malpractice, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed them a duty, that the defendant breached that duty, and that the breach of duty caused harm to the plaintiff. These types of cases are often difficult to prove because of the complexity of the evidence involved and the interests of the healthcare professionals in question.

You may benefit from the help of a medical malpractice attorney if you’ve experienced any of the following in Portland, Albany, or Corvallis:

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice refers to the professional negligence by healthcare professionals or providers in which treatment provided was substandard, and caused injury or death to a patient. In the case of medical malpractice, the error may have been a negligent act or an act of omission. When evaluating whether or not you have a medical malpractice claim, it’s important to note that doctors don’t commit malpractice just because their efforts were unsuccessful or were not perfect; the doctor’s degree of care, skill, or diligence must fall below the average standard of care in the community for the same or similar circumstances. Medical malpractice can include, but isn’t limited to:

Failed gallbladder surgery Childbirth complications Failure to diagnose serious health conditions Anesthesia errors Postoperative negligence Emergency room errors
Dental Malpractice

Malpractice can occur in the dental field as well. From diagnostic or treatment errors to harm caused by a procedure or implant, dental malpractice cases can be just as complex and challenging as medical malpractice cases. If you’re pursuing a dental malpractice case in Oregon, a malpractice attorney can answer your questions about the following:

What is Dental Malpractice?

Dental malpractice refers to the professional negligence by a dentist or oral surgeon in which treatment provided was substandard, and caused injury or death to a patient. In the case of dental malpractice, the error may have been a negligent act or an act of omission. When evaluating whether or not you have a dental malpractice claim, it’s important to note that dentists don’t commit malpractice just because their efforts were unsuccessful or were not perfect; the dentist’s degree of care, skill, or diligence must fall below the average standard of care in the community for the same or similar circumstances. Dental malpractice can include, but isn’t limited to:

Failure to diagnose conditions like oral cancer or periodontal disease Injuries to the nerves of the jaw, tongue, and lips Infections resulting from lack of care or improper care Defective bridges or crowns that cause harm to teeth or gums Improper or needless extraction of teeth Wrong prescriptions and/or dosages
Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect, also referred to as elder neglect or nursing home negligence, most commonly occurs when a resident doesn’t receive proper medical, physical, or emotional attention. In some cases, neglect may escalate into physical or emotional abuse. The most common underlying causes of nursing home neglect and/or abuse are inadequate staffing, training, and medical treatment. Malpractice attorneys like those at Nelson Macneil Rayfield have the experience necessary to support those affected by nursing home neglect, including:

What is Nursing Home Neglect?

Nursing home neglect, also referred to as elder neglect or nursing home negligence, most commonly occurs when a resident doesn’t receive proper medical, physical, or emotional attention. In some cases, neglect may escalate into physical or emotional abuse. The most common underlying causes of nursing home neglect and/or abuse are inadequate staffing, training, and medical treatment. Our nursing home attorneys see the following types of injuries stemming from nursing home negligence and abuse:

Falls Bed Injuries and Bedsores Malnutrition and Dehydration Wandering or Flight of a Resident Medication Errors Bed Rail Confinement and Suffocation

What Makes Us Different

With over 70 years of collective legal and trial experience, our malpractice lawyers will answer your questions at no cost, help point you in the right direction, or if need be, represent you and your malpractice claim in court. A successful claim requires a lawyer who understands the intricacies of a malpractice case, ranging from thoroughly investigating the claim to understanding the state-by-state regulations for filing.

Finding a reputable malpractice law firm with attorneys who are understanding, compassionate, and willing to fight on your behalf is essential. When choosing a law firm to handle your malpractice case, look for:

  • Experience you can trust
  • Specialty in malpractice litigation
  • Satisfied clients
  • Fair fee structure
  • Ethics
  • Responsiveness

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