Seattle Wrongful Death Attorney | Medical Malpractice
We all want to believe in our doctors and place our faith and trust in them. Medical providers are professionals who save lives and help people live healthier lives.
Nevertheless, medical professionals are human and make mistakes. Those mistakes can unfairly lead to consequences for those harmed by medical malpractice.
For example, in a landmark study an interdisciplinary team from Harvard reviewed the medical records of more than 30,000 hospitalizations. Adverse events occurred in 3.7 percent of the hospitalizations, and 28 percent of these were deemed to be due to medical negligence. The authors of the study estimated that 14 percent of the medical negligence occurrences led to death.
Professional negligence claims involve many of the same legal principals as other injury claims, but are often heavily modified by statute.
Medical malpractice is a common law negligence claim but in Washington medical malpractice claims are modified by statute. A statutory provision that required certification of merit before bringing a medical malpractice claim was declared unconstitutional by the Washington Supreme Court in September 2009.
In Washington a medical malpractice claim must be brought under one of three theories.
2. Breach of warranty, or
There is another Washington statute that affects the procedures for bringing a medical malpractice claim. The statute requires giving 90 days notice prior to filing a medical malpractice claim in court. Also, prior to filing the case in court medical malpractice claims must be certified as meritorious by a qualified expert and a certificate of good faith by the Seattle Wrongful Death Attorney filing it. Expert testimony is generally required to prove a medical malpractice claim in court.
Medial malpractice clams include
- Failure to inform/lack of consent
- Improper or delayed diagnosis
- Nursing home abuse
If you believe you may be the victim of medical malpractice consult with a Seattle Wrongful Death Attorney for a no commitment evaluation of your case.
See our blog posts on medical malpractice:
- Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:32:58 +0000: Washington State Supreme Court Hears Medical Malpractice Appeal - Medical Malpractice – Seattle Personal Injury Attorney
Darla suffered from sleep apnea. She underwent surgery involving cutting bone on the upper and lower jaws to advance them, thereby opening airway space to improve her breathing. After surgery Darla suffered pain and green pus exuded from one of her surgical wounds. She went for a follow-up. She continued to experience pain and […]
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- Mon, 11 May 2015 17:02:03 +0000: High Court Reinstates Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict - Medical Malpractice – Seattle Personal Injury Attorney
Raymond Grove underwent a six hour cardiac surgery performed by Dr. Leone. Dr. Leone remained Grove’s primary physician until Dr. Leone left for Christmas vacation December 25, when a second doctor, and then a few days later a third, took over. Grove had a difficult recovery from surgery. He developed pneumonia and a blood infection. […]
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- Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:29:26 +0000: Skin in Patient’s Forehead Dies After Cosmetic Prodecure - Medical Malpractice – Seattle Personal Injury Attorney
A patient went to a dermatology clinic and had Botox and Restylane injections. A physician’s assistant injected Restylane into her forehead, not knowing that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved the use of Restylane because it increased the risk of necrosis. The patient suffered bruising and swelling, which the same physician’s assistant misdiagnosed as […]
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- Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:57:14 +0000: Not in the Dictionary - Medical Malpractice – Seattle Personal Injury Attorney
A doctor misdiagnosed a woman’s ectopic pregnancy and removed the wrong Fallopian tube. The woman later had the other Fallopian tube removed in a second surgery. She sued. The jury returned a verdict of $71,795.53. When the jury deliberated one juror looked up the word “negligence” in a dictionary (even though it is properly defined […]
- Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:17:09 +0000: As in Baseball, No Medical Malpractice “Team” Errors - Medical Malpractice – Seattle Personal Injury Attorney
The Court of Appeals ruling discussed in the post was later overturned by the Washington State Supreme Court. The Washington Court of Appeals recently upheld the trial court in finding that in Washington medical malpractice law – as in baseball – there is no such thing as a “team” error. A man underwent a […]
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 See Frequency of Medical Negligence in the Hospital at JounralWatch.com (Published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Last accessed 04-14-09).