If you or someone you know has been injured by the negligent actions, inactions, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or missed diagnosis of a doctor or nurse practitioner or other medical professional, then medical malpractice may have occurred. An example is when negligent treatment is the reason for an unexpected injury after a surgery that renders the patient’s condition worse than before the patient saw the medical professional. Another example is when abnormal, unforeseen, and unpredicted complications arise from routine procedures that require additional and sometimes multiple medical treatments.
Medical negligence leading to medical malpractice can occur when the care falls below the medical standard of care of what other professionals would have provided in similar situations. These types of mistakes can and do happen. When they do and a treating professional or the medical facility employer are the cause of the harm and you suffer damages then a medical negligence claim can be made. There is a limited amount of time, known as the statute of limitations in which to file a lawsuit. In Washington, generally you have three years from the date of the negligence to file a lawsuit in state court. If the negligence involves the United States Government or sometimes government contractors generally you may have less time to file a claim or lawsuit.
A personal injury can happen because of the negligent acts of another person or organization. These injuries can occur to your body, your mind, and one can suffer compensable emotion injury brought about by the acts of others through a variety of legal theories. Injuries also can occur from using dangerous products in the manner intended by the manufacturer or diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma or accidents.
When damages occur and are proven because of the personal injury caused by the negligent actor then you may be compensated by having your medical bills paid, receiving compensation for pain and suffering, compensation for any loss in your quality of life and sometimes others are compensated as well for that loss, and receive compensation for property damage.
Numerous elements and circumstances need consideration in evaluating personal injury claims. Please feel free to call us and discuss your claim.