Not in the Dictionary

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 […]

No Magic Words

A woman had a pacemaker. She went to her doctor. She was told her pacemaker had about five to six months battery life before needing to be replaced. A month later, the woman died of cardiac arrhythmia. During an autopsy the pacemaker was removed and tested. The battery voltage was below end-of-life level, contrary to […]

Lost Chance for a Better Outcome

Suppose because of medical negligence the patient’s chances of survival – or other better outcome – are significantly reduced, but perhaps still less than even. The doctors might argue that even though they were negligent, their negligence did not cause the patient’s death.    That argument fails in Washington. Washington courts recognize the cause of […]