What's Happening at Hart Wagner
- Portland Law Firms Supply Oregon Department of Justice with PPE Masks
- Hart Wagner Closes Offices on June 19th in Observance of Juneteenth
- Working in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Be Traumatic for Health Care Providers
- Hart Wagner Welcomes Attorney Rachel Wolfard
- TAANA Releases Member Position Statement Supporting Our Front Line Providers
Congratulations to the Hart Wagner attorneys and all of our colleagues in Oregon’s legal community who were included in this year’s edition of Super Lawyers! Hart Wagner LLP’s lawyers were recognized once again for their depth in medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability, employment litigation and appellate law. For the fifth consecutive year, Karen O’Kasey made the Top 25 Women list. Congratulations to Mark Sherman for being selected as a Rising Star for the second year in a row.
After a seven-day trial, Karen O’Kasey has won a medical negligence case in Multnomah County! Plaintiff was referred by her care provider for an ultrasound due to a breast lump. Our client, her radiologist, then interpreted the ultrasound and continued to do a mammogram based on his findings. He spoke to her about his findings then sent his report to the referring provider for follow-up. Plaintiff claimed that her radiologist was negligent in evaluating her breast lump. Plaintiff was seeking over $5,000,000 in non-economic and economic damages. Jury deliberated less than 3 hours before coming back with a defense verdict.
Plaintiffs (an individual and his company) sued a logging company, our client, for a total of $5,130,123 in economic and non-economic damages for an accident in August 2008 in which plaintiff alleges that while driving a feller buncher over a bridge on the property being logged, the bridge failed causing the feller buncher to fall off the bridge. He alleged brain injuries as a result. The case went to the jury on Sept 25 and after a one-hour deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defendants.
Plaintiff was diagnosed 15 days post-operatively with an extremely rare blood clotting process in the veins of small intestines which affects 1 in 7.5 million laparoscopic surgery patients. Plaintiff alleged negligence and wrongful death against our client, his physician. After a 9-day trial in Multnomah County, Karen O’Kasey received a defense verdict. Plaintiff was seeking $3,000,000 in non-economic and economic damages.
Plaintiff, widow of the patient, sued our client for $582,140 for negligence relating to a staph infection from a PICC line placed during the patient’s treatment for aplastic anemia, alleging that it had progressed to the extent it was no longer effectively treatable, causing the patient to die.
Co-defendant was dismissed from the case on Sept 4 (trial day 4). The case against our client went to the jury on Sept 9 and after a one-hour deliberation, the jury returned an 11-1 verdict in favor of our client.
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel President and Hart Wagner trial attorney Gordon Welborn and Hart Wagner associate Michael Jacobs both have articles in the OADC 2015 Issue 2. Mr. Welborn wrote the article “Investment in Justice” regarding judicial salaries in Oregon and Mr. Jacobs wrote an article titled, “They Will Ask, Do Not Tell: Avoiding Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege.”
Troy Bundy shares his expertise in the May 2015 issue of The Portland Physician Scribe in the article Legal aspects of telemedicine inspire cautionary advice.
Karen O’Kasey shares her employment law experience in Special Report: Ten ways to avoid an employment lawsuit.
Hart Wagner has a Hood to Coast team for the 2015 race in August! We have decided to become a fundraising team this year with a goal of raising $10,000, all funds to go to the Providence Cancer Center (all funds stay local)!
Congratulations to Rod Norton and Dawn Garrison! After 9 days of trial in a $3.8 million medical malpractice case, the jury came back with a unanimous defense verdict for our clients.