Types of Catastrophic Medical Malpractice: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Know These Types of Catastrophic Medical Malpractice to Protect Your Rights


Healthcare professions such as doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, technicians, and other healthcare professionals are well-trained, have experience, and are generally good at what they do—healing and treating patients.  While most healthcare professionals are exceptional, sometimes they fail.  These failures could be due to unavoidable consequences or due to reckless, careless, and even negligent mistakes.  In fact, these failures could be dangerous and deadly mistakes which constitute catastrophic medical malpractice.  Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know how dangerous and deadly these kinds of medical errors could be, but most people in the general public may not.  Learn more about some catastrophic types of medical malpractice claims to better protect your rights and your family’s rights.


What is Catastrophic Medical Malpractice?


Catastrophic medical malpractice is not a specific type of medical malpractice.  Rather, it is the recognition that the negligence of a healthcare provider has caused catastrophic, devastating, and life-changing results.  This includes the wrongful death of a loved one.  Generally, some of the most common traits of catastrophic medical malpractice include the following:


  • Life-changing injuries;
  • Debilitating and permanent injuries;
  • Any type of brain injury or traumatic brain injury;
  • Loss of use of a body function or system, including sensation or function from nerve damage, spinal cord injury, or extreme damage to a body part of member (like a limb, muscle group, or system);
  • Egregious injury or circumstances;
  • Need for future surgeries and treatment, including future procedures well into the future;
  • Permanent loss of normal body function;
  • Loss of job due to disability or inability to perform job;
  • Need for modifying one’s house or vehicle to function normally again; and
  • Similar injuries that materially affect a person’s life.


Common Examples of Catastrophic Medical Malpractice


There are many examples of what could constitute catastrophic medical malpractice.  It is important to recognize that, what might be catastrophic to one person may not necessarily be catastrophic to another person.  This is a subject standard which must taken into account.  But there are also some objective standards which community as a whole will routinely find to constitute catastrophic medical malpractice.  These common examples include the following:


  • Birth injuries – any type of HIE, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, or other life-altering injury caused to a newborn is a very serious problem;
  • Anesthesia errors – anesthesia is a powerful cocktail of drugs and any mistake, especially an overdose, could result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death;
  • Surgical errors, including spinal cord surgeries;
  • Improper amputations;
  • Nerve damage during any surgery;
  • Bowel perforations;
  • Failure to diagnose cancer;
  • Failure to diagnose a heart attack or aortic dissection; and
  • Many other types of catastrophic medical malpractice.


Victims of any Type of Oregon Medical Malpractice Should Ask Us for Help


Injured due to Oregon medical malpractice?  Lost a loved one due to Oregon medical errors and mistakes?  We can help you.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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