Olympia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

For decades, the compassionate injury attorneys at Ladenburg Law have helped many medical malpractice victims win cash settlements. While compensation can’t take back what happened to you, it can provide your family with financial stability and a sense of justice. If you have suffered due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical provider, an Olympia medical malpractice lawyer from our team can help.

Common Causes of Medical Errors in Olympia

Most doctors provide reliable, quality care. But when a doctor makes a mistake due to carelessness, or less commonly, deliberate wrongdoing, the results can be catastrophic.

A serious, preventable injury can leave you with substantial medical costs and lost wages. In addition, you may experience pain, suffering, and lost ability to engage in the activities you once enjoyed.

Some common causes of medical errors include:

  • Childbirth Injuries. Birth injuries can sometimes leave children with permanent impairments which require lifelong care.
  • Misdiagnosis. When you do not get a timely diagnosis, you may miss a critical treatment window or receive treatment for a condition you do not have.
  • Surgical Errors. There are many opportunities for mistakes in the operating room such as anesthesia dosing errors and wrong-site surgeries.
  • Medication Errors. Sometimes patients receive the wrong prescription from their doctor, or the wrong medication from their pharmacist.
  • Nursing Home Negligence. Sadly, we’ve seen many cases of negligence at nursing care facilities.
  • Wrongful Death: Unfortunately, some errors result in death. If you are a family member, you may be able to file a claim on behalf of your loved one.

This list is not exhaustive. If you feel that you might have suffered from malpractice, we want to hear from you.

Understanding if You Have a Medical Malpractice Case

While medical errors are common, not every error is grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. When our attorneys evaluate cases, they look for these conditions to be met:

  1. Did you consent to be treated by the doctor? It’s important to establish that there was an understood patient-doctor relationship.
  2. Did the doctor’s care deviate from the standard? As lawyers, we need to prove that the doctor that treated you provided substandard care when compared to his or her colleagues. (For this part, we often relay on the testimony of medical experts.)
  3. Did the doctor’s mistake directly result in your injury? The cause needs to be the doctor’s error and the effect is your injury.
  4. Did the injury incur significant damages? Damages include items such as medical and therapy costs and lost wages. You’re also eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffering. In a malpractice case, generally we would want to see that the financial and emotional impact was high.

If your answer is “yes” to all the above questions, we want to hear from you. Our attorneys in Olympia always offer free medical malpractice case evaluations.

Statute of Limitations for Malpractice Claims in Washington State

In most situations, you have three years to file a lawsuit from the time the negligence happened in Washington State (RCW 4.16.080). There are a few exceptions to this statute, such as if you discover the negligence beyond the three years or the victim is a minor.

Please don’t wait to reach out. You risk nothing by having one of our attorneys hear what happened to you.

Speak with our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today in Olympia

Medical malpractice lawsuits are complicated and require aggressive legal representation. For that reason, you need to have an attorney with extensive experience in this area of law.

Our Olympia medical malpractice lawyers have a proven track record of helping victims of malpractice win meaningful settlements. Please, let us help take the financial and legal burden off your plate so you can focus on your healing. Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation. You only pay us if we’re able to win your compensation.

If you’re not able to make it to the office, let us know. One of our attorneys is happy to meet you at your home, hospital, or other preferred location.

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