As anyone who has ever suffered serious back pain knows, back pain impacts every aspect of life, from the ability to work to the capacity to care for one's family and to enjoy leisure activities. Frequently, such severe pain is the result of a herniated disk, also known as a ruptured disk or a “slipped” disk. A herniated disk often leads to nerve root compression. If this is not promptly identified and treated, nerve damage may become permanent.
If a patient presents to a doctor or hospital complaining of the severe, sudden-onset neck or back pain associated with a ruptured disk, the care provider must take a complete health history and perform a thorough neurological examination, particularly if the patient also complains of weakness or sensory loss. Appropriate testing, sometimes including an MRI, should be promptly ordered and carried out.
When a medical care provider fails to act in accordance with this standard of care, and a patient's injury worsens as a result of delayed or missed diagnosis or treatment, medical malpractice has occurred. The patient may be left with increased pain, decreased function, and a longer, more uncertain recovery.
At Huegli Fraser PC, we understand how difficult it is to live with severe back pain, especially when the medical professionals who were supposed to help instead allowed an injury to become worse. We can't eliminate our clients' pain, but we can often lift the burden of financial worry from their shoulders.
Oregon medical malpractice cases, including failure to diagnose a herniated and ruptured disk, are challenging to prove. The attorney must demonstrate that not only did the doctor or medical professional fail to uphold the standard of care, but that failure caused additional harm to the patient. Many attorneys shy away from these complex cases.
Huegli Fraser PC is different. We are experienced in analyzing and preparing ruptured disk cases, and we work with highly-respected neurology experts whose testimony is essential in malpractice cases of this nature. Our attorneys have a combined 45 years of experience in medical malpractice cases. We have achieved multiple recoveries in excess of a million dollars and have recovered a total of over 100 million dollars for our clients.
If you believe that you, or a loved one, has suffered injury due to a medical professional's failure to timely diagnose and treat a herniated or ruptured disk, your time to take legal action is limited. Huegli Fraser PC can help you determine whether you have a viable medical malpractice case and help you explore your legal options.
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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