The Role of Medical Evidence in a Personal Injury Case

In civil cases, such as personal injury claims, the plaintiff has the burden of proof. While the government must prove a criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt, it’s the plaintiff who must prove a civil case by a preponderance of the evidence. Sometimes, that evidence is medical.

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How Many Types of Asbestos Exist and How Are They Different?

“Asbestos” is a term most adults have heard in Oregon and across the United States. Even those who don’t know exactly what the substance is or how it is used in industry have read news stories or seen television commercials mentioning asbestos and mesothelioma. So, what exactly is asbestos and does it come in only one form? We’ll answer those questions in this article.

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Is It Dangerous to Drive While Talking On the Phone?

Some people routinely ignore the law and do what they find to be convenient. Other drivers try to be mindful of the rules of the road, but make exceptions based upon their circumstances. After all, most people have experienced hectic days that could include picking up kids, running errands, working, and attending to so many obligations that time starts to run short. A quick phone call from the car suddenly seems like a real time saver. So, is it really any more dangerous to drive while talking on the phone? We’ll answer that question in this article.

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Four Notable Medical Device Recalls

Technology, hard work, and creativity have combined to produce medical devices that can improve, prolong, and even save our lives. Unfortunately, there have also been instances where medical devices caused great harm or have even been recalled based upon the fear of causing future harm. In this article, we will discuss four notable medical device failures, resulting in recalls.

 

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The Dangers Presented by Wrong-Way Drivers

If you’ve been driving for a while, you probably feel like you’ve seen it all. Most of us have observed cars and semi-trucks pass by at speeds better saved for a race track. Absent-minded drivers run through stop signs or red lights and pass stopped school buses. Automobiles and trucks haul trailers without brake lights, apparently assuming everything will work out anyway. People follow too closely, weave in and out of traffic, and concentrate on text messages instead of the road. While any of these dangers can cause loss of life and serious personal injury in the blink of an eye, there is one nightmare scenario most of us hope never to experience – the dreaded wrong-way driver.

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Can I Sue the Doctor if I Don’t Like My Cosmetic Surgery Results?

There was a time in the past when cosmetic surgery seemed to be reserved primarily for the wealthy and famous. In fact, it has long been fodder for magazines, television commentators, fans, and critics alike to carefully scrutinize celebrities for signs of cosmetic surgery. Publications even show “before and after” photos to make the comparisons easier. But today, cosmetic surgery is affordable to the middle class and has become quite mainstream. So what happens if the results of the cosmetic surgery don’t meet a patient’s expectations? Does the patient have a right to sue?

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Tips for Safe Winter Weather Driving in Oregon

Whether or not you prefer an active outdoor lifestyle or would rather take in the sights from the safety of your automobile, each season offers its own beautiful landscapes to enjoy. But as all Oregonians know, the weather can change quickly, and each season brings its own challenges. Depending on where one lives, winter may present the greatest challenge of all. And even if you live in an area that only receives snow and ice occasionally, it’s always smart to be prepared. 

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What Are Catastrophic Injury Cases?

We always hope that an injury will completely resolve, but sometimes it doesn’t. Doctors work hard to limit disability, but in some cases the body (or a part of the body) is damaged so badly, it just cannot recover. Medical care providers, lawyers, and other professionals sometimes refer to some of these injuries as “catastrophic injuries.” In this article, we will discuss what that means and what a catastrophic injury case looks like.

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Tips for Avoiding Asbestos-Related Illness and Disease

Common sense tells us that it’s better to avoid an illness than to contract it and have to seek a cure. But that presupposes that a cure is available. In some unfortunate instances, such as with mesothelioma, once the disease is contracted, there is no cure. Therefore, prevention becomes doubly important. In this article, we will provide some tips for avoiding asbestos-related illness and disease.

 

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What Is “Causation” and How Does It Affect My Personal Injury Case?

We don’t use the word “causation” every day in our normal speech, but the concept of cause and effect routinely touches our lives. In fact, causation is an element that a plaintiff must prove in order to recover in a negligence case. In this article, we will discuss two important forms of legal causation, “cause in fact” and “proximate cause,” and how they can affect a personal injury case.

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