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Medical Malpractice

When you’re sick or hurt, you trust your doctor to help. But sometimes, the care you receive leaves you worse off than before. Perhaps your doctor made a mistake that never should have happened, or neglected to give you the treatment you needed.

If this sounds familiar, you might be wondering if you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Let’s look closer at what medical malpractice is, and how our attorneys help clients find justice.

How do I know if my case is medical malpractice?

Not every negative medical outcome is the result of malpractice. Doctors are human and can make mistakes. Or, it’s possible you’ve suffered a known complication from your treatment.

In general, medical malpractice requires three conditions:

  1. The doctor failed to provide the level of care his or her colleagues would have in the same situation.
  2. The doctor’s actions or negligence directly resulted in your injuries.
  3. Your injury was severe, permanent, or long-lasting.

In other words, the doctor must have made a drastic mistake that caused you catastrophic harm. Medical malpractice lawsuits are very expensive to bring to trial and take many hours of work. As a result, our attorneys will want to review your case to make sure there is ample evidence of wrongdoing to move forward.

We consider every situation on a case-by-case basis, because there are many variables when it comes to medical negligence. With decades of experience, our Tacoma malpractice attorneys have a good handle on what warrants a lawsuit.

What are some common medical errors that can lead to a malpractice suit?

When it comes to healthcare, there are many opportunities for malpractice to occur. We’ve helped clients who have been harmed by doctors, nurse practitioners, mental health therapists, and even facilities such as hospitals and emergency rooms.

Here are some of the medical errors we’ve seen in our practice:

This list is by no means exhaustive. Please call us to discuss your story.

What kind of compensation can I receive for my medical malpractice claim?

A few things can impact your settlement, such as the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life. Some of the costs we’ve been able to recover for our clients include:

  • Medical bills
  • Anticipated future medical costs (surgeries, rehabilitative care, etc.)
  • Lost wages
  • Disability (long- or short-term)
  • Pain & suffering
  • Funeral expenses

There isn’t a cap on the amount of damages you can receive in Washington State. This has helped our ability to recover maximum settlements for our clients over the years. When we meet with you, we’ll gather information to help determine the potential value of your claim.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Washington?

Time is critical when it comes to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. In the State of Washington, you generally have three years from the time of negligence occurred to file a lawsuit. There are a few variations to this statute:

  • If the injury is discovered outside the three-year window, you have one year from discovery to file a claim.
  • A minor child has one year from their 18th birthday to file a claim for malpractice that occurred during their childhood.
  • Family members have three years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If the limit has passed, you will be unable to file a claim. We’ve had to turn people away before because they waited too long to contact us. Please, don’t let this happen to you.

How would a Tacoma medical malpractice attorney help me?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are complicated and need skilled attorneys who understand Washington State law. Consider this: doctors spend thousands of dollars for medical malpractice insurance. And those insurance companies are prepared to fight hard to minimize their losses and discredit your injuries. There are many obstacles to bringing forward a medical malpractice claim in Washington; please don’t go it alone.

Here’s how our Washington medical malpractice attorneys can help you:

  • Explain your legal options and the process in plain terms you can understand.
  • Gather key evidence, reports, and witnesses to build your case.
  • Draw from a network of trusted medical professionals to testify on your behalf.
  • Meet you at your home or hospital if you’re unable to come to our office.
  • Argue your case before a jury, judge, and other attorneys as required.

At Ladenburg Law, we only collect a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. Let us help take some of the burden off your plate so you can focus on your health and family. Call us today at 253.272.5226 for a no-fee, no-obligation consultation about your case.

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