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Bellingham Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When we visit a hospital, clinic, or private practice doctor, we trust that we will receive professional care that meets medical standards. We do not expect that a doctor will intentionally or negligently cause harm to us — but in some situations, a medical professional can commit an act of medical malpractice. As a result, we can suffer from lost wages, unexpected medical expenses, and emotional trauma.
If you are a Bellingham resident and experienced an act of medical malpractice, you are not alone — and Colburn Law can help. Our Bellingham medical malpractice attorneys have significant trial experience assisting victims of medical malpractice throughout the state of Washington, recovering the compensatory damages necessary for recovery.
- Our medical malpractice attorneys at Colburn Law have significant experience working in numerous areas of personal injury law, including medical malpractice cases. We have the negotiation skills necessary for pre-trial settlements, and we are not afraid to take your case to the courtroom.
- Our firm understands how difficult it can be to seek legal representation following a serious incident of medical malpractice. We are happy to meet with you at our offices in Issaquah, or at an alternative location such as your home or hospital room.
- We understand that communication is key in medical malpractice cases. We maintain an open, honest line of communication so that you remain updated on all important aspects of your case.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Nurses, doctors, obstetricians, and every other medical professional must uphold a standard of care when providing medical treatment to patients. Committing a serious error and causing harm to a patient, either intentionally, recklessly, or negligently, is an act of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can involve a number of negligent actions, including the following.
- Surgical errors
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Failure to accurately read test results
- Anesthesia errors
- Leaving a foreign object inside of a patient during surgery
- Birth injuries and errors during labor and delivery
- Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage
How to Prove a Medical Malpractice Case
To receive compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will need to prove a series of elements that establish the negligence of the medical professional you are holding accountable. Your attorney can help you collect the evidence and formulate the arguments necessary to successfully prove the following factors.
- First, you will need to establish that the medical professional owed you a duty of care. You will have to show that the at-fault party provided treatment to you in a professional capacity, such as in a hospital or at a clinic. You cannot hold medical professionals liable if they were not treating you in a professional capacity; for example, you cannot file a claim against a doctor friend if you asked him or her for advice at a party.
- Next, you will need to prove that the medical professional breached his or her duty of care and failed to uphold industry standards of care. The professional must have acted in such a way that a similarly trained and reasonably prudent professional would not have. This can take numerous forms depending on the facts of your case, such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, prescription errors, and more. Your attorney can work with you to gather the medical evidence and consult the experts necessary to establish this element.
- Third, you will need to prove that the breach of care directly caused the injuries or worsening illness you suffered. Separating your previous condition from the medical malpractice injuries can be difficult, but your attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to distinguish between the two.
- Finally, you will need to establish that you suffered damages that you can collect in your lawsuit. Damages can be economic, including tangible losses such as additional medical expenses and disability accommodations. They can also be non-economic, including the pain and emotional suffering you sustained as a result of the malpractice.
For more information see our guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in WA.
Contact Colburn Law Today
If you are a victim of medical malpractice by a Bellingham-area medical professional, Colburn Law can help. Our Bellingham personal injury attorneys have significant experience assisting clients in their medical malpractice cases, and we can guide you through each step of the lawsuit process to help you tell your story. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and to begin filing your claim in Washington civil court.