Attorney Patrick Block Serves as Speaker at Adverse Healthcare Incident Mediation Training Program

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In an effort to help prepare mediators for the Early Discussion and Resolution (EDR) program being launched by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, Attorney Patrick L. Block served as a speaker at a recent training event held in Portland.

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On June 23, 2014, Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorney Patrick L. Block served as a speaker for the Oregon Mediation Association’s (OMA’s) Adverse Healthcare Incident Mediation Training program. At the event, the lawyer participated in a panel discussion on Adverse Incident Overview. The event provided mediators with training on the Oregon Patient Safety Commission’s new Early Discussion and Resolution (EDR) program. This program is designed to give patients and healthcare providers the ability to discuss and address adverse medical care incidents outside of the courtroom.

The training event was held in Portland, Oregon from June 23 through June 24, and it was sponsored by OMA, the Oregon State Bar’s ADR Section, and the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, according to event information provided online by the three sponsors. According to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission’s website, the EDR program is a mediation program that was set into motion by Senate Bill 483, which officially became law in March 2013.

The EDR program is meant to be used after a patient unexpectedly suffers from physical injury or death as a result of his or her medical care. The process, which is slated to become operational on July 1, 2014, is supposed to allow the families of these patients and the involved healthcare providers to come together for open and effective discussion and resolution concerning these incidents. The two-day event included the training that is required for mediators who want to be considered for the Commission’s list of qualified mediators.

Attorney Block is a skilled medical malpractice trial attorney who has been practicing law for more than two decades. He has secured millions of dollars in compensation for harmed patients and their families in various types of medical malpractice cases. Attorney Block is licensed to practice law in both Oregon and Washington. He is a guardian member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, the American Association for Justice (Medical Malpractice Litigation Group and Birth Trauma Litigation Group), and the Multnomah Bar Association.

Patrick L. Block, PC provides cutting-edge legal representation for individuals and families that have suffered losses as a result of hospital negligence, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, birth injuries, wrongful death, and much more. The law firm not only has a team of highly capable attorneys, but it also has access to various types of medical experts throughout the nation. The law firm offers free consultations for those who are interested in getting feedback concerning their legal options. More information about the firm can be found at

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