Call Our Seattle Medical Malpractice Lawyer for a Free Consultation
There are few illnesses and injuries we will not trust a medical practitioner to treat. Because these professionals are, in many situations, solely responsible for whether we suffer permanent disability or make a full recovery, they are held to some of the highest possible legal standards. If your physician has violated your trust, it might be time to contact a Seattle medical malpractice lawyer. There are multiple types of medical errors that can lead to permanent disability or even death. Depending on the circumstances, it might be possible to file a lawsuit against the hospital or physician.
Malpractice takes place when a licensed physician fails to provide the level of care that should be guaranteed by title and experience. We expect our doctors to properly diagnose our injuries and illnesses, and then safely and effectively treat them, and follow-up when necessary. When this doesn’t happen, you may find yourself eligible to file lawsuit. Our Seattle medical malpractice attorney can help you determine if you have legal options to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your damages. Call Herschensohn Law PLLC for a free consultation.
Common Examples of Medical Mistakes and Malpractice
Here are some possible examples of malpractice:
- Failing to diagnose
- Making a misdiagnosis
- Prescribing an incorrect medication
- Botching a surgery
- Failing to respond in a timely manner
- Failing to follow-up after treatment
It is important to understand the difference between malpractice — which stems from negligence or intentional harm that caused physical and mental distress to the patient — and simple failure of treatment.
Here are some common examples of situations that do not constitute malpractice:
- A properly performed surgery that failed
- A misdiagnosis that matched current symptoms
- The failure of a determined course of treatment
If you are unsure whether your situation qualifies as medical malpractice, our experienced Seattle medical malpractice lawyer can help.
Proving Your Medical Malpractice Case in Court
In order to prove you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you must show three things:
- First, you must prove the physician in question had a professional responsibility to treat you. In other words, you have to show you were in fact the physician’s patient.
- Second, you must show that your physician violated an acceptable level of care, as determined by other industry professionals and regulations. To prove this, you may need to bring other experienced physicians forward as witnesses.
- Third, you must prove that your injuries were a direct result of this violation of care. For example, if you suffered irreparable damage as the result of negligence during brain surgery, you can list injuries related to that surgery. You cannot, however, include unrelated injuries suffered in other areas of the body.
Types of Medical Malpractice Compensation
If you win a medical malpractice lawsuit, there are a number of compensation options available. These can be broken down into two major types of compensation — those which can be calculated exactly, like medical bills and other economic damages, and those which are incapable of exact calculation, such as pain and suffering.
Examples of economic compensation include:
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Projected future medical bills
Examples of noneconomic compensation include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
The total amount awarded for pain and suffering can depend on seemingly unrelated factors, such as whether the jury likes the plaintiff, whether the plaintiff was a good or bad witness, whether the jury likes the defendant, and whether the plaintiff has a criminal record.
Contact an Experienced Seattle Medical Malpractice Attorney for Representation
Have you or a loved one been the victim of medical malpractice? A professional can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our experienced Seattle medical malpractice lawyer for assistance and representation at Herschensohn Law PLLC by calling (206) 588-4344.