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Jennifer Lee Coughlin

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  • I had a paralized vocal cord from a surgery in the 70,s. I resenctly had another surgery for a parathyroid gland removal .

    That resulted in my only working vocal cord being paralized so i can barely breathe or talk. The Dr. never at any time told me that this could be a result of the surgery. He knew the 1st cord was paralized as it was in an ENT drs. report. Wasnt i...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    In Oregon, informed consent is required and can be a claim against a medical provider. I agree that you should look at the terms in the informed consent you signed prior to surgery, and also review the pre-operative note where the surgeon likely stated that he discussed the risks of surgery with you. If you did not sign an informed consent prior to surgery, you may want to seek representation by a medical malpractice attorney. You can learn more about malpractice claims at www.brotherslaw.com

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  • If you are going to sue a Dr. for negligence causing the persons death should wife request records or leave it to lawyer

    Husband 52 died of massive heart attack. Family history is every male of his side died of heart attack before age 58. Husband went to dr. complaining of upset stomach and right shoulder pain. Sweating proffuse, Dr. gave 4 cortisone shots in right ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I, too, am so very sorry for your loss. It appears that you may have a medical negligence claim agianst the hospital and/or the physician who missed the symptoms and misdiagnosed. I think it's a good idea for a patient or a patient's guardian to try to get the medical records before seeing me, so that I can have my legal nurse consultant review them. She will normally then tell me what records were not provided to the patient, and I can order those directly from the hospital. BUt, I do believe it's helpful for a lawyer to have the records upon consultation. Please feel free to call me for more details. Intial consultations are always free and I'm happy to discuss further with you. Thank you.

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  • Does my son have a personal injury case?

    My athletic 27y Son's D.O lacked good medical judgement. Referrals to Specialists could have diagnosed him earlier of a deadly disease that has now injured him neurologically. Hospital #1 x 2. Symptoms warranted neuro consult,not done. Sent home....

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Good morning. It does appear that your son may have a medical negligence claim against hospitals #1 or #2, or the physicians who treated your son. Often times physicians are not employees of hospitals, but rather independent contractors, so must be sued separately from the hospital entity. I agree that you should seek counsel with a medical malpractice attorney. The question will be, after reviewing all the notes, whether the care fell below a standard of care owed to a patient such as your soon by a prudent physician acting in a community similar to Hood River. A legal nurse consultant, such as the one in my office, should review all the chart notes and make a determination of negligence before you sink a lot of financial resources into this matter.

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  • CAN YOU SUE THE SCHOOL FOR AN INJURY.

    MY 5 YR OLD FELL OFF THE MONKEY BARS AT HER SCHOOL AND SHE GOT UP AND WAS CRYING WENT TO TELL THE TEACHER THAT HER ARM HURT SO THEY TOOK HER IN THE OFFICE AND PUT SOME ICE ON IT FOR ABOUT AN HR SHE WENT BACK TO CLASS AND SHE WAS STILL COMPLAINING ...

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    Hi there! I'm from Baker City, so your question is near and dear to my heart. The answer is, yes, you can sue a school. But, under the circumstances you presented, you probably don't have a claim. Lawsuits against schools are generally for premises liability, where a known dangerous condition exists but the school ignores it and your child gets hurt. For instance, if the monkey bars were known to be weak but they allowed kids to play on them and your child fell and broke her arm when they broke. But, in your case, the negligence may lie in failing to send her to a hospital in a reasonable time. Unless you can prove that the break was made significantly WORSE because of this delay, or she will have long term affects in her arm (growth plate perhaps) because of the delay, the damages incurred will not likely be worth your time for a lawsuit. The damages would be part of a day spent in pain when she should have been in a hospital, but those damages are not great enough to pursue litigation. Hope that helps! Jen Coughlin

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