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Snohomish County Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Patients put a great deal of trust in their doctors and other healthcare providers when seeking medical treatment. Unfortunately, physicians aren’t perfect, and will sometimes mistakes. In some cases, these mistakes are relatively easily reversible and don’t result in a great deal of damage, however, this isn’t always true. In the worst cases, instances of medical negligence or malpractice can result in permanent damage or even death. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a careless medical professional, please don’t hesitate to speak with a dedicated Snohomish County medical malpractice lawyer from Amy C Brown Law, PLLC today.

Medical Malpractice Lawyer | Fighting for People Harmed By Physicians in Washington

When a person is wronged by a physician of any kind, they are often entitled to legal recourse. However, it is advisable that no one seeks this legal recourse without the assistance of a competent Everett personal injury lawyer who has significant experience in the field. Fortunately, you are in the right place.

Medical Malpractice Defined

In the state of Washington, medical malpractice is loosely defined as when a healthcare professional fails to provide patients with a reasonable standard of care and patients are harmed as a result. If you believe you’re a victim of malpractice, we are here to fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal.

Common Instances of Medical Malpractice

As you can imagine, there is a wide range of actions (or inactions) that can potentially constitute an act of medical malpractice or negligence. Some of the most common that we see are as follows:

  • Diagnosis errors, such as misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Errors made during surgery
  • Errors made with anesthesia
  • Improper administration or prescription of medication
  • Performing unnecessary or wrong-site surgery
  • Errors made during childbirth
  • Falsification of medical records
  • Infections
  • Failing to order proper testing or improperly assessing test results
  • Delay in treatment
  • Pressure ulcers developing in patients in hospitals

The Legal Standard for Proving Medical Malpractice

To win a medical malpractice claim in Washington, victims are required to prove the following:

  • There was a physician-patient relationship. This simply means that the physician was treating the victim at the time the incident occurred.
  • The physician breached their duty of care.
  • The breach of duty caused the patient to sustain an injury.
  • The patient suffered damages as a result of the injury, such as additional medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.

Time Limits On Medical Malpractice Claims in Washington

In Washington, victims of medical malpractice are required to file their claim within either three years of the date the act of malpractice occurred or within one year of the date they discovered or should have discovered the act of malpractice. For example, if a surgeon left a sponge inside of a patient, but the patient didn’t feel pain, discomfort, or otherwise didn’t notice the issue until six months later, the patient will, typically, have one year from the date of discovery to file a claim. Note, however, that it is always best to simply file a claim of malpractice the moment you discover it occurred. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner we can work toward the compensation you need.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

The bottom line is that acts of medical malpractice are often costly and damaging to patients. No one should seek compensation without seasoned legal representation in their corner. Contact Amy C Brown Law, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.

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