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Seattle Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you were harmed by a negligent doctor, hospital, nurse or physician — contact a Seattle medical malpractice attorney at Colburn Law today.  Medical errors are one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States, and it’s crucial for everyone to know how to identify medical malpractice. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals all have a duty to do no harm to their patients and use acceptable, proven methods. When healthcare professionals violate this duty of care to their patients and cause injuries, this is medical malpractice. Medical negligence leading to patient injury or a medical professional’s failure to competently perform a procedure can also constitute medical malpractice.

Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Seattle

Medical malpractice is a very complicated area of law, and it’s essential to find an attorney with extensive experience in medical malpractice claims. Contact the Colburn Law Offices today to schedule a consultation about your medical malpractice claim in Seattle with one of our attorneys. After we review the details of your situation, we can let you know what to expect from the legal process.

Compensation For Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice lawsuits work very similarly to personal injury lawsuits with a few notable exceptions. First, your Seattle medical malpractice claim will likely require approval from the appropriate medical review board. This could be the board that oversees the doctor or professional who injured you or the establishment where he or she works. Once the board reviews your claim and determines you have grounds for a lawsuit, you and your attorney may proceed with filing a complaint against the defendant in your case.

There are several steps for proving negligence in a medical malpractice case in Seattle. First, the plaintiff must show the court that an official doctor-patient relationship existed between the defendant and plaintiff. This means there must be some kind of record indicating that the defendant agreed to treat the plaintiff and the plaintiff agreed to the defendant’s treatment. If a doctor makes a joke at a party that eating raw chicken cures baldness and a guest takes the joke seriously and gets sick, the guest couldn’t file a medical malpractice claim because it wasn’t official advice given in a medical setting with an official doctor-patient relationship. Speak to a medical malpractice lawyer for more information regarding your specific case.

The different types of medical malpractice that could apply in your case include:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.

    • Doctors use a process of elimination based on a patient’s symptoms to reach an accurate diagnosis. While honest mistakes are possible, a misdiagnosis can constitute a medical malpractice claim if the doctor did not follow an appropriate diagnostic process or overlooked critical information on the patient’s chart.
  • Improper treatment.

    • Doctors must adhere to the medical community’s standards for treatment. The medical community reaches consensus regarding different ailments and their acceptable treatments, and doctors may only act outside of these boundaries in extreme circumstances with explicit permission from the patient, such as an experimental procedure for a terminal condition.
  • Medication errors.

    • Doctors must take patients’ medical histories and drug allergies into account before writing prescriptions. Different medications can interact dangerously with a patient’s existing prescriptions or preexisting condition.
  • Failure to warn.

    • Patients have the right to make informed decisions about their healthcare. This means doctors have an obligation to fully disclose any risks or potential side effects of any suggested course of treatment. If a doctor suggests a procedure but fails to mention that it could result in paraplegia, the patient could file a medical malpractice lawsuit if paraplegia results from the procedure. In this case, the patient would have likely rejected the procedure had he or she known all of the risks.
  • Surgical errors.

    • Errors during surgery can include slicing a patient’s artery, damaging the tissues around the surgical site, or leaving surgical instruments inside of a patient before suturing their incisions closed.
  • Gross negligence.

    • In extreme cases of reckless disregard for patient welfare, doctors and other medical professionals found guilty of grossly negligent behavior face severe civil penalties from medical malpractice claims, and possibly lose their licenses to practice medicine.