Medical malpractice is a pervasive issue that results in numerous patient deaths each year in the United States. According to a study published in 2013 in the Journal of Patient Safety, it’s estimated that medical malpractice may contribute to the deaths of as many as 210,000 to 440,000 patients annually. If these numbers are accurate, medical malpractice would rank as the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., following closely behind heart disease and cancer.
While these statistics are deeply concerning, they only tell part of the story. Many more individuals suffer non-fatal but severe injuries due to medical malpractice. These injuries can have a lasting impact on their health, well-being, and quality of life.
In cases where medical malpractice leads to injury or death, victims or their families have the legal right to pursue justice and compensation through a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been affected by medical malpractice, we are here to help. Contact Ron Meyers & Associates at (360) 459-5600 to discuss your case with our experienced legal team. We are committed to assisting you in seeking the justice and compensation you deserve.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to administer a reasonable standard of care to a patient. Below are some of the most common types of medical malpractice.
- Wrong diagnosis
- Wrong operation
- Wrong drug/dosage amount
- Wrong treatment
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room/hospital negligence causing serious injury or wrongful death
When any of the above occurs, a patient is at risk of serious harm, including medical complications, further injury and even death.
Causes of Medical Malpractice
There are a number of reasons why any of the above forms of negligence may occur. Below are some possible causes of negligence in a medical setting.
- Communication errors among medical staff or between doctors and patients
- Inadequate sanitization and efforts to prevent infection
- Failure to train nurses and staff properly
- Lack of legible handwriting on prescription orders or other records
- Equipment errors
- Failing to monitor a patient’s condition
When a preventable medical error occurs, the responsible healthcare provider is liable for damages.
Damages Recoverable in a Medical Malpractice Case
When medical malpractice occurs, the victim/his or her family have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible party. The facets of a medical malpractice case include proving that the provider owed the patient a duty of care; the medical professional violated that duty and was negligent; and the negligence resulted in harm to the patient, who suffered damages.
If the malpractice claim proves these factors, then the victim (or family of a deceased victim) is eligible to recover damages. These damages may include all related medical expenses and other financial damages, such as lost wages, damages for emotional pain and suffering, and other noneconomic damages, like loss of companionship of the deceased. Your attorney can review your case to get a more specific idea of the types of damages that you may recover.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Medical Malpractice Case in Washington
If you believe that you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, you have the right to file a lawsuit but must do so within a certain amount of time. In Washington State, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim for damages is three years from the date of the malpractice, per the Revised Code of Washington Section 4.16.350. However, you also may file the lawsuit within a year of discovering the injury or malpractice if discovery occurs after the three-year statute of limitations.
Our Approach to Medical Malpractice
At Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC, we understand the profound impact that medical malpractice can have on the lives of patients and their families. Our dedicated legal team is committed to advocating for the rights of those who have suffered harm due to medical negligence. When you turn to us for assistance with medical malpractice cases, you can expect a comprehensive and compassionate approach.
Putting Patients First
Our foremost priority is the well-being of our clients. We recognize that patients who have experienced medical malpractice may face physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Our approach begins with listening attentively to your story, concerns, and goals. We strive to create a supportive environment where you feel heard and valued.
Expertise in Medical Malpractice Law
Our attorneys bring extensive experience in handling medical malpractice cases. We possess in-depth knowledge of the intricate laws and regulations governing medical negligence. With this expertise, we are well-equipped to navigate complex legal processes, ensuring that your rights are protected and justice is served.
Thorough Case Investigations
We conduct thorough and meticulous investigations into medical malpractice cases. Our legal team collaborates with medical experts, reviews medical records, and gathers compelling evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. Our goal is to establish negligence and demonstrate how it has resulted in harm.
We approach our clients with empathy and understanding. We recognize the emotional toll that medical malpractice can take on individuals and their families. Our compassionate communication ensures that you feel supported and informed throughout the legal process.
Focused on Accountability
We believe in holding healthcare providers accountable for their actions. Whether the negligence occurred in a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office, we vigorously pursue legal action to seek compensation and justice for our clients. We advocate fiercely on your behalf to ensure your voice is heard.
We understand that the consequences of medical malpractice can be far-reaching. Our approach includes seeking remedies that address both economic and non-economic damages. This may involve recovering medical expenses, lost wages, emotional suffering, and other noneconomic losses.
We value your input and involve you in the decision-making process. Your perspective is essential as we tailor our legal strategies to address your unique circumstances and goals. We keep you informed and empowered to make informed choices about your case.
Your Trusted Advocates
When you choose Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC for medical malpractice cases, you’re choosing advocates who are dedicated to making a meaningful difference in your life. We are committed to helping you regain your health, financial stability, and peace of mind.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, we invite you to reach out to us today. Let us be your trusted legal advocates in the pursuit of justice and restitution. Contact us now at 360-459-5600 to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward reclaiming your rights and well-being.
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How Ron Meyers & Associates Can Help with Medical Malpractice Cases
Take Legal Action as Soon as Possible – Call Ron Meyers & Associates
Due to the statute of limitations that caps the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against a negligent medical professional, it is important to take legal action sooner rather than later. The earlier you consult an attorney and file a claim for damages, the sooner that you can hold the medical professional liable for damages and reclaim the compensation that you deserve.
Contact the attorneys at Ron Meyers & Associations PLLC about your case and the damages you may recover. Our attorneys provide injured patients and their families with the advocacy they deserve. Reach us now at (360) 459-5600 to set up a free case consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice refers to a situation where a healthcare provider, such as a doctor, nurse, or hospital, fails to provide a reasonable standard of care to a patient, resulting in harm, injury, or death.
Common types of medical malpractice include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, birth injuries, emergency room negligence, and failure to monitor a patient’s condition, among others.
To establish a medical malpractice case, you typically need to prove that a healthcare provider owed you a duty of care, that they breached that duty through negligence, and that this breach directly resulted in harm or injury to you.
In a medical malpractice case, you may be eligible to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, damages for emotional pain and suffering, and other non-economic losses like loss of companionship or quality of life.
In Washington State, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim is typically three years from the date of the malpractice incident. However, there may be exceptions if the injury is discovered after this period.
To protect your rights, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. They can guide you through the legal process, gather evidence, and ensure you meet all necessary deadlines.
If you suspect medical malpractice, seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Then, consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases to evaluate your situation and explore potential legal action.
Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC has a team of experienced attorneys dedicated to handling medical malpractice cases. We can provide legal guidance, conduct thorough investigations, and advocate for your rights to help you seek compensation and justice.
No, Ron Meyers & Associates offers a free initial consultation. You can discuss your case with our legal team without any financial obligation.
You can schedule a free consultation with Ron Meyers & Associates by calling (360) 459-5600. Our team will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your potential medical malpractice case.