What Is the Standard of Proof in A Wrongful Death Case?

Oregon’s legal system, like that of other states, seeks to achieve many valuable goals, including the protection of our citizens from many types of harm, including wrongful death. Central to this goal is the concept that all of society benefits when wrongdoers are held accountable for their conduct. So, for example, if someone is wrongfully killed, is justice pursued through the criminal system or the civil system? In some cases, it is one or the other, and in other cases, it is both. It’s easy to understand why these concepts can seem confusing to someone who does not ordinarily deal with the legal system. In this article, we will explain the differences between civil and criminal actions, and discuss how they apply to cases of wrongful death. 

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How Long Does It Take to Investigate and Resolve a Semi-Truck Accident Case?

Luckily, most of us have not experienced a crash with a semi-truck. However, most people have at least witnessed the resulting carnage from a tractor-trailer truck crash, either on the highway, on the side of the road, or in the news. The damage to both the victims and their property can be catastrophic. We are often asked how long it will take to either settle a truck crash case or take it to trial. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question, and each case varies according to its own facts. Seeking accountability from negligent truck drivers and trucking companies often takes longer than resolving other types of cases. While we believe that it is important to pursue a case diligently, it is equally important to prepare the case thoroughly and properly to ensure that victims are fully compensated for their losses. In this article, we will discuss how the investigation of a trucking case, along with other factors, can affect the timing of the final resolution of the case.

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When Does Medical Error Become Medical Malpractice?

Healthcare continues to be a topic of great debate in the United States, with our system drawing both praise and criticism from politicians and citizens, alike. Many complain about a lack of access, affordability, and uneven outcomes. Others praise the quality of care and compassion of practitioners. But regardless of one’s opinion in the political debate, statistics demonstrate that medical errors occur with sufficient frequency to concern us all. After all, some researchers have concluded that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in between 210,000 and 400,000 preventable deaths every year. While it is true that some “medical errors” do not rise to the level of malpractice, and while we are quite certain that most health-care workers are compassionate, hard-working, well-meaning providers, it is nevertheless alarming to consider these statistics and the potential for harm to ourselves and our loved ones. 

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Where Is a Semi-Truck Accident Most Likely to Happen?

Due to the vast differences in size between large trucks and passenger automobiles, it is not surprising that crashes involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks can result in catastrophic injury and property damage. As a result, it is certainly advisable to exercise extreme caution when driving anywhere near a semi-truck. While we appreciate that most truck drivers are hard-working and careful, it’s indisputable that many Oregonians are injured by trucking company and truck driver negligence. In this article, we will examine some interesting and informative statistics on trucks, and provide some safety tips to protect yourself from danger.

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Are Medical Malpractice Cases Involving Nurses Different?

While we at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield know that most nurses are good-intentioned, hard-working professionals doing their part to make their communities healthier, we also believe that it’s important to hold people responsible for any negligent, improper, or illegal actions that result in pain or loss of life. Keep reading to learn more about nurses and medical malpractice, including how malpractice cases involving nurses differ from other types of medical malpractice

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The Most Common Medical Malpractice Areas (& How You Can Protect Yourself)

No one is more appreciative of Oregon’s highly qualified medical practitioners than the attorneys at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield. In fact, most Oregonians can thank a doctor or other medical professional for providing essential medical services at one time or another. However, doctors and other medical providers can make mistakes, just like any other professional. Unfortunately, the results of medical malpractice can be severe, sometimes even fatal. In order to protect all of society and promote accountability, we believe it’s imperative to hold all negligent professionals responsible for their actions.  

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Do HEPA Air Filters Remove Asbestos from the Air?

Because asbestos has useful heat-resistant qualities, it has been used for many decades in wide-ranging industries and products. As most people now know, a wave of litigation exposed the harmful effects of asbestos. Litigation also confirmed something that had long been feared: that many employers and industries continued to expose people to the dangers of asbestos, even after learning about its dangers. Fortunately, society and the law have responded to hold wrongdoers accountable and to protect our citizens. However, some people are surprised to learn that asbestos has not been completely banned. While its uses have been limited, asbestos still exists in many buildings and products. Therefore, if you have exposure to asbestos, it’s crucial that you protect yourself.

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When Are Schools Liable for The Injury or Wrongful Death of a Student?

Parents cherish nothing more than the health and well-being of their children. From the moment a child is born (and even before) parents seek to promote the success of the child by providing every available advantage. In that regard, most would agree that education has become one of the single most important factors in guaranteeing long-term success. Thus, with the passage of each year, it seems that our children spend more and more time at school and school-related functions, whether attending class or participating in extra-curricular activities. With the assistance of committed and professional teachers, principals, coaches, and other school personnel, we hope to give our young people an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge allowing them to thrive in society. And, as many parents know, when we entrust our children to the care of another, we expect them to recognize that they are protecting our greatest treasures. While Oregon has excellent schools, which usually perform admirably, we’ve all listened with horror to news stories about student injuries and deaths occurring at school. That leads many people to ask if a school can be held liable for wrongful death and other injuries.

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Why Do I Need a Lawyer for a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Many people mistakenly believe that medical malpractice occurs whenever a doctor makes a mistake. Medical malpractice refers to the failure of any medical care professional to provide the proper degree of care, skill, and diligence that would be used by others under similar circumstances. Harmful, injurious, and fatal actions by medical care providers as well as the failure to act constitute medical malpractice. Despite this simple definition, medical malpractice, like medicine itself, is very complicated. Medical malpractice can be very difficult to prove, which means it’s always best to contact an experienced attorney to handle a medical malpractice case. 

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How Long Does It Take to Settle a Semi-Truck Accident Case?

One question we often get is “Will it take longer to settle my car accident case because it involved a semi-truck?” Understandably, those who have been involved in an accident with a large truck are eager to recoup their losses and move on from the unfortunate event. While the answer will always depend on the circumstances of your particular accident, it is often the case that semi-truck accident cases take longer than other auto accident cases to resolve. 

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