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Patrick D. Angel

Patrick D. Angel

Portland Injury Litigation
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
  • Oregon
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As founder of Angel Law, P.C., Portland personal injury lawyer Patrick Angel vigorously advocates on behalf of victims of injury and medical malpractice.

Patrick has been practicing law in Oregon for almost two decades, and possesses considerable trial experience. Mr. Angel has handled a wide range of legal matters, including complex cases such as medical malpractice claims against hospitals and medical professionals, wrongful death cases and catastrophic injury cases.

He is a former Marine and a graduate of the Lewis and Clark Law School. Attorney Angel has been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Edition 2014 - 2020. He is currently a member of the Million Dollar Advocacy Forum, National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Medical Malpractice attorneys, and America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.

For more information, contact his firm today for a free case evaluation.

Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D. | Law
Honors: Moot Court Oral Argument Winner
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University of California - Berkeley
B.A. | English
Honors: Deans List
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Professional Experience
Angel Law, P.C.
- Current
Brayton Purcell, LLP
Proner & Proner
Angel Lombard LLP
Law Office of Patrick D. Angel PC
Articles & Publications
How Facebook Affects Your Practice
Trial Lawyer
If You've Filed a Lawsuit, What You Put on Facebook Can Torpedo Your Case
Why The Risk of Mesothelioma is Still a Real Danger for Many Workers
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Top 100
America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Top One Percent
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Best Oral Advocate
Lewis & Clark College of Law
Professional Associations
Court Liaison Committee for Multnomah Bar Association
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Oregon State Bar Products Liability Section Executive Committee
- Current
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American Bar Association
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Multnomah Bar Association
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American Association for Justice
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Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Guardian Member
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Oregon State Bar
Chairperson of Oregon State Bar's Product Liability Section 2015
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Federal Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    One third prior to trial or arbitration, thereafter 40% of recovery
Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Legal Answers
Q. Yes I was wondering if false documentation on a medical record from a physician is something to pursue
A: Regarding the question as to whether false documentation on a medical record is something to pursue, the short answer is yes. You should always point out something inaccurate in your medical records if you notice it. It's just good practice and could protect you from harm, such as if the wrong blood type or wrong allergy is listed.

But it's not always so clear cut. Sometimes a note in your medical record is something the nurse or doctor remembers that happened and you don't, or vice versa. For instance, you may review your records and say, "I reported stomach cramps as one of my symptoms," but the chart does not indicate stomach cramps. Is that "false documentation?" Hard to say, the nurse or physician would likely say they would have wrote that down if you'd reported it. And it could be just a disagreement as to what symptoms were reported.

Regarding pain contracts, I'm not sure what the specific question is. It could be that a pain management specialist informs a patient that they violated the pain contract, as in when a patient takes more pain medication than was prescribed. In some instances the patient may say, "I don't recall discussing a pain contract." In that scenario, a patient can contact the physician and request the documents be amended/corrected, but it's unlikely to happen if the physician believes the discussion regarding a pain contract took place.

If you have additional questions, or something about this answer is unclear, let me know.

Take care and good luck with your medical treatment.
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Q. I received excessive x-ray exposure. Can I sue?
A: I'm sorry you injured your nose and your arm from a fall. As to the question of whether you can sue for excessive radiation exposure from x-rays, the answer - technically - is yes. It's easy to file a lawsuit, and most anyone can file a lawsuit for virtually anything. There is a filing fee which can be several hundred dollars (in Oregon) depending on how much one demands in the lawsuit. The real issue is whether you can succeed in such a lawsuit as you describe.

The answer is it depends, but it probably wouldn't be worth pursuing. In Oregon as in most states, you must prove that you suffered harm, and that the harm was caused by someone's negligence. There is evidence that too much radiation from unnecessary x-rays does increase the risk of cancer. But absent a cancer diagnosis, it could be hard to show harm from the numerous x-rays. And even with a cancer diagnosis, it could be quite a challenge to prove the cancer was caused by the x-ray radiation and not something else.

Sometimes, the fear of developing cancer feels like an injury in itself. In Oregon, it is possible for someone to recover for the negligent infliction of emotional distress, in some instances. But those cases can be quite risky, meaning the risk of prevailing in front of a jury are significant when compared to the cost and time spent to put the case together, hire medical experts and present the case.

Remember, lawsuits against doctors, medical providers, including x-ray technicians, and hospitals are quite difficult. It's often hard to persuade a jury in cases like this. I'm very sorry to have to share that opinion. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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Angel Law, P.C.
385 1st Street
Suite 215
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Telephone: (503) 862-8666
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
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