If you’re sick or injured, you go to the doctor in hopes of finding answers and getting better. Unfortunately, sometimes this care leaves you worse than before and you might be wondering if you should take legal action.
Situations like these can be complex and challenging to sort out, so we recommend you reach out to a Pierce County medical malpractice lawyer for assistance. It’s free to meet with one of our skilled attorneys for a free case evaluation, and we only charge a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement.
A surgery gone wrong or an incorrectly prescribed medication can leave you with serious, and sometimes, permanent injuries. So how do you know if what’s happened to you is medical malpractice? And if so, what’s the process for bringing a complaint forward?
Simply put, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor deviates from the standard of care and that deviation causes you damages. Think of “standard of care” as the kind of care another doctor in the same field would provide in the same situation. This could be the kind of tests she orders, medicines she prescribes, and follow-up care she recommends.
But it’s not enough that the doctor didn’t offer the care he should’ve. To have a valid malpractice claim, we need to be able to prove that their deviation caused you damages. For instance, if you required corrective surgery or another hospital stay as a direct result of your doctor’s mistake, you could have a malpractice claim.
We can’t emphasize it enough: medical malpractice claims are challenging to bring forward. Doctors and hospitals have a vested interest to protect themselves from litigation and will come to the table prepared. The process isn’t clear or easy for victims to navigate. To stand a chance for a fair settlement, you need legal representation.
Here are some services our medical malpractice attorneys provide:
At Ladenburg Law, we encourage you to let us handle the legal stress of your case so you can focus on your recovery.
According to Washington State law, a victim of medical malpractice can recover both economic and non-economic damages (RCW 4.56.250). Let’s look briefly at each of these:
Economic damages: this category covers costs such as hospital and ambulance bills, doctor bills, lost wages – monetary expenses that we can easily tally.
Non-economic damages: this category covers subjective losses such as pain, suffering, and negative impact to your quality of life.
The values of medical malpractice cases can vary wildly, so there’s no easy way to predict a dollar amount. However, our experienced lawyers can help calculate your total damages to better understand what a fair settlement amount should look like.
The first step is to call a Pierce County medical malpractice lawyer for a free initial case review. If you can’t make it into the office, let us know. We’d be happy to have one of our attorneys meet you at your home, hospital, or other preferred location.