Seattle Medical Malpractice Attorney
Perey Law Group vigorously pursues medical malpractice lawsuits on behalf of clients when they are serious harmed by the negligence of a medical professional.
The law requires that doctors and other medical providers adhere to an expected level of care. When that standard is breached and someone is seriously hurt or killed as a result, the doctor (and potentially the doctor’s employer) may be subject to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can get victims the compensation they deserve for the suffering they were put through due to a doctor’s error. This compensation can reimburse them for medical expenses and put them in the best possible place as they recover from their ordeal.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year, more than $3 billion is paid out to victims who file medical malpractice lawsuits.
What Constitutes a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
In order to be successful in a medical malpractice case, three things must be proven:
- The standard of care was breached by the medical professional.
- The patient was injured.
- The breach was the direct cause of the injury.
If you are seeking a medical malpractice claim, you need an attorney who knows the nuances of medical malpractice law. These are not easy cases. Building a strong malpractice case requires understanding the nuances of medical malpractice law. It requires collaborating with medical experts.
The Perey Law Group has a solid record of success handling medical malpractice cases in the state of Washington.
Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Let’s look a little deeper into the three components of a medical negligence claim we discussed above.
- The standard of care was breached. What exactly is the “standard of care?” The law considers it the kind of care a reasonable, qualified professional would be expected to deliver in a similar situation. That is, medical treatment that is free of egregious errors and blatant oversights.This does not mean that every mistake or oversight is medical malpractice, however. That distinction depends on many factors, particularly the following two.
- The patient was injured. An error is not subject to litigation unless there is an injury. It must be shown that the patient suffered serious or long-lasting complications or suffering as a result of what has happened. This can include:
- Physical pain
- Internal injuries
- Emotional suffering
- Financial damages
- The breach caused the injury. To be successful, it must be clear that the injuries you suffered were caused by the medical professional’s deviation from the standard of care.
If you aren’t sure whether was has happened to you or a loved one constitutes medical negligence, we can help determine that for you. Contact the Perey Law Group for a free, no-obligation case review to discuss what has happened and what your options are going forward.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical negligence can take many forms, from mistakes during surgery to misreading test results. It is important to note, however, that not every mistake by a doctor constitutes medical malpractice. Determining and proving negligence requires a thorough understanding of Washington medical malpractice law.
Types of medical malpractice cases may include:
- Anesthesia errors: Anesthetics are powerful substances. While you may never speak to the anesthesiologist when you undergo a procedure, your life may hang in the balance if they make a mistake.
- Emergency room errors: These are critical moments, and errors can be life-threatening.
- Surgical errors: This can include performing the incorrect procedure, making an error during the surgery or even leaving surgical implements within the body.
- Medication errors: Prescription drugs can be deadly when prescribed incorrectly by a doctor or administered incorrectly by a nurse.
- Nursing home abuse & neglect: Our loved ones in nursing homes deserve the best care – and they are entitled to dignified, respectable care under federal law. When they are mistreated, you should seek legal action.
- Birth injuries: Childbirth is not always a smooth process, but there are specific steps doctors are trained to take in certain situations to ensure the safest possible outcome. When these protocols are not followed, babies can suffer potentially life-long consequences.
Other examples of negligence include:
- C-Section errors
- Doctor negligence
- Failure to monitor fetal distress
- Fetal brain injuries
- Hospital errors
- Naturopath negligence
- Nursing negligence
Many of the cases we handle involve misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis of a serious medical problem, such as:
A misdiagnosis can result for a failure to diagnose, offering an incorrect diagnosis or failing to order the proper tests that would have revealed the condition. These cases can be particularly tragic, because the odds of successfully treating many serious illnesses diminish the longer the condition develops unnoticed.
What Kinds of Professionals Can Be the Subject of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Our lawyers handle medical malpractice claims involving negligent doctors, nurses, and hospitals, as well as dentists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, physical therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, radiologists and other medical professionals.
These are the professionals we must put our faith in as patients to keep us in the best of health. We quite literally put our lives in their hands. When they don’t live up to the standards of their profession, the consequences can be disastrous.
If you aren’t sure if your case fits the definition of a medical malpractice case, we can look into it for you. Contact the Perey Law Group today.
Is There a Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims?
Each state has a statute of limitations – a limit on the window during which a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed. In Washington, injured parties have three years to file a claim following the negligent event or the discovery that the negligent event occurred.
You shouldn’t delay if you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice. Once you have tended to your medical needs, your first step should be to contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Perey Law Group to make sure you understand your legal rights.
If you delay too long, you may be unable to stand up for your rights.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
The Perey Law Group takes cases on a contingency basis. This means that you will not be asked to pay unless we are successful in securing compensation at the conclusion of your case. When that occurs, we collect a percentage of that amount.
Washington residents should not have to drain their savings to exercise their rights.
Get a Washington Malpractice Attorney
When you come to us, you probably have more questions than answers. You may not know exactly what happened to yourself or your loved one. You can be confident that our attorneys understand the ins and outs of medical malpractice law, and they know how to apply it to your situation.
For 40 years, Ron Perey has been advocating for patients in courts by handling medical malpractice cases. We handle medical malpractice cases with a high level of personal attention. We have a doctor on staff, and we will bring in any other professional necessary to build the strongest case.
We get to know you as an individual — not just a case. When you need us, we will be there for you.
Since our establishment in 1983, we have achieved many impressive verdicts and settlements, including the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Washington state. We know how to obtain results in Washington medical malpractice cases.
Contact us today by calling (206) 443-7600 or filling out the form on this page to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.