Most medical professionals do their best to care for their patients. But some doctors and nurses don’t have the right temperament or personal issues that make it possible to fully listen to and understand a patient’s needs. These substandard healthcare workers sometimes cause harm by failing to follow the standards of their profession, which can result in injury, illness, or even death.
A professional lawyer for doctor lawsuits in Seattle can help you pursue compensation if you suffered an injury as the result of a hospital or medical facility’s misdiagnosis, surgery error, prescription drug error, or other act of malpractice. A knowledgeable attorney can review your case to see if you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other related damages.
Medical Malpractice: What Is It?
Generally speaking, medical malpractice refers to any kind of medical error that causes significant harm to a patient. It can include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, failure to monitor a patient, and more. In a medical malpractice case, you must prove that the liable health care provider deviated from the accepted medical standard of care. This standard of care is based on current medical practices and the experiences of similar healthcare providers.
In addition to the standard of care, a Seattle malpractice lawyer will often need to consult with experts to determine if the alleged act of negligence was in fact malpractice. Specifically, these expert witnesses will need to testify that the defendant failed to meet a certain level of competence in their field and this negligence was a direct cause of the injury or death of the victim.
The time limit for filing a malpractice claim in Washington is three years from the date of the act of negligence, but that timeline can be affected by several factors. For example, if a foreign object was left inside the body canal following a surgery, the plaintiff will have one year from the date they discovered the object to file their lawsuit.
Chris Thayer has been defending injury victims for more than 38 years, and he has helped injured families recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. He handles cases involving medical malpractice, car accidents, and the wrongful death of loved ones in Seattle and throughout the state.
He helps clients with their claims against insurance companies, pursuing both economic and non-economic damages. For example, he can seek financial compensation for medical bills and missed earnings, as well as damages for pain, suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and mental anguish. He can also negotiate with insurers to obtain a fair and reasonable settlement for your case. To learn more, schedule a free consultation with him today. Call or email his office to get started. He will work with your schedule to set up a meeting.
Moseley Collins Law
701 5th Ave Suite 4200
Seattle, WA 98104