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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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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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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Has Asbestos Been Banned in the United States?

In past articles, we provided some pretty sobering statistics that demonstrate the dangers associated with asbestos. Through the years, workers from a number of industries, including construction, shipbuilding, mining, and automotive repair - just to name a few - have suffered from disease and illness, such as mesothelioma, associated with exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, we also know that the dangers of asbestos were sometimes known, yet hidden from workers. Fortunately, the law now provides a remedy to hold wrongdoers responsible to victims. 

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The Pros and Cons of Using an Asbestos Testing Kit

It’s common knowledge that asbestos is an incredibly dangerous substance that can cause significant health problems for anyone who is exposed to it. Asbestos, which is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil, is known for its fiber strength and heat resistant qualities. Asbestos has been widely used in construction materials and manufactured goods. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause or be associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma (a cancer that is found in the lining of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart), and asbestosis.

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Oregon Wrongful Death Lawsuits and the Rights of Surviving Spouses

It’s hard to imagine anything more painful than the death of a spouse due to the wrongful (and avoidable) conduct of another person. Surviving spouses deal with a flood of emotions and a palpable sense of grief. While Oregon law provides meaningful and appropriate mechanisms to hold wrongdoers responsible for their acts, surviving spouses may feel overwhelmed by a combination of their loss, along with the complicated legal questions they face. In this article, we will address some basics concerning the rights of a surviving spouse.

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Signs and Symptoms of an Asbestos Related Illness

By now, almost everyone knows that exposure to asbestos is extremely dangerous because it contributes significantly to diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma. What some people don’t know, however, is that the signs and symptoms of these diseases are similar to many other types of lung-related diseases making them hard to detect, even as the diseases progress into a later stage. 

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Famous Wrongful Death Cases

In our previous blog article, we discussed the statutory basis and nature of wrongful death cases in Oregon. While wrongful death statutes vary from state to state, wrongful death actions are common across the country. Moreover, it often attracts national media attention when wrongful death actions involve celebrities, such as actors and singers. Sometimes, these wrongful death actions result in trials and appeals, making it easier to track a particular case and its results. Other times, a case is filed or threatened, but settled out of court before a final trial, leaving the public to wonder about the result. Below, we’ll talk about some famous wrongful death cases.

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Wrongful Death Cases in Oregon: What You Need to Know

Life is a precious gift, but it doesn’t last forever. Even though we understand our mortality, it can be difficult to accept the deaths of friends and family as they age or become ill. But, while it might be challenging to accept death by natural causes, at least there is some comfort in knowing that it is a normal part of the cycle of life.   

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