Chances are, if you've been seen in an emergency room, you went there because you had an urgent medical need that couldn't be addressed anywhere else: injuries from car accident, chest pain, broken bones, lacerations, or other acute symptoms. The emergency room is a busy and often overwhelming place, and the job of the doctors who work there is to efficiently make a diagnosis, treat the problem, and ensure that the patient is admitted when appropriate or referred for follow-up treatment if needed.
It's critical that emergency room staff examine and test patients carefully, because the patient's will dictate the course of treatment from that point. Particularly with medical conditions in which time is of the essence for successful treatment, an incorrect or missed diagnosis can be disastrous. Failure to diagnose heart attack, stroke, or meningitis are only a few of the emergency room errors that can have fatal outcomes.
The hectic nature of the ER is no excuse for doctors to fail to completely evaluate a patient's condition. Often, patients are discharged from the ER without having had adequate testing or a thorough examination, when they really needed to be admitted for treatment or examined by a specialist. When a patient does not receive appropriate examination and treatment, and is injured as a result, the ER doctor and the hospital may be liable for malpractice.
When you've turned to an emergency room for urgently-needed help, and been harmed instead, it's natural to feel betrayed and angry. At Huegli Fraser PC, we understand that our clients just want to be restored to the position they were in before an emergency medicine doctor or nurse acted negligently. Our goal is to help make that happen as far as it's possible to do so.
Emergency room negligence can be challenging to prove, requiring careful examination of medical records and other information to determine whether a medical professional acted reasonably, and if a failure to do so caused harm to an already ill or injured patient. Because of the complex nature of these cases, many attorneys decline to accept emergency medicine malpractice and other medical malpractice cases.
Located in Portland, Huegli Fraser PC is one of a few Oregon law firms that has extensive experience with emergency medicine malpractice matters. We are skilled in investigating these cases, and we have relationships with highly-regarded medical experts whose testimony helps convince a jury of our client's position. Our attorneys have over 45 years' combined experience in negligence and malpractice cases, with several verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars. In total, we have recovered over 100 million dollars for our clients.
If you have been harmed by a ER doctor's negligence, you have only a limited time to take legal action. Contact the experienced Portland ER negligence attorneys of Huegli Fraser PC. We will offer you a clear, straightforward analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your case and help you pursue any recovery to which you may be entitled.
Huegli Fraser serves Portland and the surrounding areas, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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