The Difference Between a Missed Diagnosis and a Misdiagnosis

Most people, when confronted with unusual and unpleasant physical symptoms, put a lot of trust into their doctors to know what’s going on and what should be done to make them better. Unfortunately, because doctors are people and people make mistakes, it’s not always the case that doctors know what’s going on or what to do. Tragically, there are a variety of mistakes that doctors make, including negligence, misdiagnosis, and failure to diagnose, otherwise known as missed diagnosis. Although they sound very similar, there is a meaningful difference between a misdiagnosis and a missed diagnosis. Many people aren’t aware that misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis can qualify as medical malpractice.

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What Should I Look for When Choosing a Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer?

As has been discussed before on our blog, accidents involving tractor-trailers or semi-trucks are extremely serious. The likelihood that a person is seriously injured or loses their life is much higher when they’re involved in an accident with a semi-truck. If you’ve been involved in such an accident, and want to speak to a lawyer to pursue any damages you believe you’re entitled to, you need to be confident knowing you’ll pick a lawyer that’s qualified and experienced to handle your case. With that in mind, here are some of the most important qualifications that a lawyer should have before you hire them to take your case.

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Truck Accidents: How Are They Different from Non-Commercial Passenger Car Accidents?

While tractor-trailer trucks are involved in a far smaller percentage of overall motor vehicle accidents than passenger vehicles, we all recognize the obvious – the sheer enormity of a tractor-trailer can result in catastrophic injuries and property damage. After all, simple physics dictates that, all other factors being equal, the size and weight of tractor-trailers will result in greater damage in a collision than will be caused by a passenger car. But truck accident cases are different in a number of other ways, some of which we will discuss in this article.

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How to Prove Wrongful Death in a Civil Case

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or intentional acts of another, most of us cannot fully imagine your level of resulting pain and grief. While there is nothing that could completely remedy such a devastating loss, Oregon law, in providing for wrongful death actions, makes a two-fold effort: first, to right a wrong; and second, to make society safer by holding wrongdoers responsible for their actions. Although many people have heard of wrongful death lawsuits, it is understandable that ordinary citizens also have many questions about the procedures involved in pursuing and proving a wrongful death case. We will answer some of those questions in this article.

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Oregon Ranked #1 In United States for “Hours of Service” Enforcement

A tremendous volume of interstate commerce occurs daily, thanks to the efforts of hard-working truck drivers who crisscross the nation hauling both consumer and commercial goods. No doubt, segments of society would grind to a halt without these efforts, which should be appreciated by everyone. Unfortunately, sometimes trucking companies and their drivers, whether intentionally or negligently, cause accidents that result in catastrophic injury and property damage. As a result, the law has evolved with two rationales in mind: one, to increase and enforce safety, which proactively protects Americans from injury in the first instance; and two, to compensate victims and make them whole for their losses. Both of these rationales spring from the concept that society benefits when those who cause harm are held accountable for their actions.

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Oregon?

Oregon law has long recognized the importance to society of holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions. However, when a person tragically dies as the result of the negligent or intentional acts of another, the deceased obviously is unable to take any action to enforce this accountability. This leads many people to ask us who can bring a wrongful death action on behalf of a deceased loved one. 

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How to Identify Asbestos in the Home and Workplace

There are many dangers associated with exposure to asbestos. Inhaling asbestos can cause asbestosis and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of organs, which most commonly affects the lungs. While the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos have been understood for a long time, the material was widely used throughout much of the 20th century in building materials and other products. Despite regulations and multiple attempts, the use of asbestos in some building materials is still not banned to this day. If you’re concerned about potentially being exposed to asbestos, either at home or in the workplace, you should read this helpful guide and learn how you can identify this terrible substance. 

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Asbestos: History & Its Link to Mesothelioma

By now, most people are aware of the dangers associated with asbestos. Unfortunately, it took an incredibly long time for those dangers to be outlined, and sadly, it took even longer before significant action was taken to stop the damage caused by asbestos inhalation. To this day, despite the risks of developing asbestosis and mesothelioma, asbestos is still widely used in many products. To better understand asbestos and mesothelioma, it’s good to look at its history.

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The Potential Complications of Human Birth

The birth of a human being demands much of the mother.  A woman’s power of giving birth places on her one of the greatest responsibilities she will undertake in life. Birth is greatly complex, and over the years medicine has tackled these complexities. In cases of birth “complications,” which occur frequently, medicine now stands alongside the mother, shouldering part of the responsibility. Today, most birth complications do not lead to birth injury. 

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What are Statutes of Limitations, and Is There a Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases in Oregon?

Generally speaking, a statute of limitations is a law which specifies the time during which a legal action must be initiated. If the action is not initiated within the statute of limitations, the right to pursue the action is lost. Each state legislature passes statutes of limitations for various types of lawsuits. For example, in Oregon the statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury lawsuit for a car accident is two years. So, if a person suffered a broken leg on January 1, 2014 in an automobile accident caused by the negligence of another, and filed a personal injury lawsuit on July 1, 2016, the filing would be too late and would be barred by the statute of limitations.

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