Federal Way Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been significantly harmed at the hands of a doctor, our Federal Way medical malpractice lawyers would like to hear from you. The first step is to schedule a free consultation.

With decades of collective experience, we know how to fight to win fair settlements for victims. While compensation can’t undo the injury, it can cover medical bills and lost wages. It can also provide a sense of justice and hold doctors accountable.

4 Things you can do to Prevent Medical Errors

As a patient, you can take steps that reduce your chances of being a victim of medical malpractice.

  1. Review your medical file: Take the time to make sure your medical file is current and correct. Does it contain all your surgeries? Allergies? Medicines? Errors can often happen when a doctor is unaware of a patient’s prior history.
  2. Get second (and third) opinions: It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion when facing a serious diagnosis or treatment options. This is also the case when you’re struggling to get an accurate diagnosis.
  3. Double-check your prescription: Make sure that the prescription you pick up at the pharmacy is correct. If you have any doubts or questions, ask the pharmacist or doctor first.
  4. Bring a trusted friend to key appointments: Having a second set of eyes and ears can be helpful, particularly if the doctor is likely to go over important information, such as surgery instructions. At the very least, bring a notebook and a pen.

Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes still happen, despite your best efforts to advocate for yourself.

When a Medical Error Might be Malpractice

Not every medical error or negative outcome is grounds for a lawsuit. Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex, expensive, and time consuming. Given that, they represent the most serious level of errors.

When evaluating cases, our malpractice lawyers consider:

  • Had the victim consented to be treated by this doctor or therapist?
  • Did the doctor fail to provide the accepted standard of care (RCW 7.70.030)?
  • Is there evidence that the doctor’s error caused the injury?
  • Was the injury and resulting damages severe? For instance, were there significant medical bills or permanent disfigurement?

Every case is different, which is why we offer free initial consultations to hear what happened.

Deadlines to File Malpractice Claims in the State of Washington

In the State of Washington, you have three years from the time the malpractice occurred to file a claim. There are some exceptions, such as if the victim is a minor or you didn’t discover the malpractice right away.

We always recommend you contact us right away to assist with your case. Once you’re beyond the statute of limitations, we will be unable to help you.

Reach out to a Federal Way Malpractice Attorney Today

When it comes to medical malpractice, don’t go it alone. Doctors and hospitals will come to the table with aggressive legal representation to protect their interests. You need someone in your corner, prepared to fight for you, too.

Please reach out to our Federal Way medical malpractice lawyers. We’ll only charge you if we’re able to win you a settlement. If you can’t make it into the office, let us know and we’ll meet you at your home or hospital.

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