We put our health, safety and lives in the hands of medical professionals. When we do, we expect that they will act with the highest standards of care and skill. Unfortunately, the truth is that doctors and other healthcare providers make mistakes every day, and when these errors result in serious injuries, the victims need a skilled and experienced Surgical Error Lawyer in Seattle to advocate for them.
Medical malpractice is when a doctor, nurse or other medical professional causes injury to a patient by failing to follow the accepted standard of care for his or her profession. These cases can include a wide range of medical errors including misdiagnosis, hospital-borne infections, medication error, birth complications and surgical errors.
Surgical errors are a type of Surgical Error Lawyer in Seattle that occurs during the surgical process. This includes the preparation for surgery, the actual procedure and post-operative monitoring and care. Errors can include operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the body or administering incorrect medications.
The lawyers at Menzer Law Firm, PLLC are distinguished by their extensive history of successful claims and resolutions in medical malpractice cases, including those related to surgical errors. The firm’s Seattle surgical error attorneys work with clients to obtain full compensation from parties liable in these types of cases.
When a medical mistake causes permanent or long-lasting damage, the victim may face emotional trauma, physical pain and financial hardship. Victims often have to pay for additional medical treatment, therapy sessions and lost income. They also have to bear the costs associated with a reduced quality of life, including loss of enjoyment of activities and increased medical bills for long-term or permanent care.
If a medical error causes the death of a patient, the family of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. The state of Washington allows three years from the date of the death to pursue a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death case can be complicated and requires the expertise of a Seattle medical malpractice attorney.
What Are the Steps in a Malpractice Claim?
The first step in filing a medical malpractice claim is to gather evidence. This can include seeking a second opinion, writing down what happened including dates, conversations and names of medical staff involved, retaining any foreign objects left behind after surgery and reporting the error to the Department of Health and/or the Washington Medical Commission.
Obtaining legal representation early is essential because once a state’s statute of limitations expires, the opportunity to file a claim closes forever. A Seattle medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine if you have a valid medical malpractice case and guide you through the legal, medical and insurance systems.
The legal team at Bishop Legal focuses on personal injury and malpractice claims, such as birth injuries, misdiagnoses and failure to diagnose cancer, surgical errors, prescription mix-ups, hospital-borne infections and wrongful deaths. Founded in 1993, the firm represents clients in Seattle and throughout the metro area.