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Doctors and other medical professionals are among the most respected in our society, but that doesn’t make them perfect. Medical malpractice happens all the time; in fact, it happens with such frequency that medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer kill more people. This startling statistic sheds light on the prevalence of negligence in the medical community. If you have been injured as a result of the care you received at the hands of a medical professional, you have a right to seek out compensation for your injuries and hold the person or institution responsible accountable for your losses. At Russell and Hill, we have built a solid reputation of helping victims of medical malpractice get the compensation to which they are entitled to under the law.

Medical Malpractice Injury Types

There are a number of ways that medical errors can lead to medical malpractice cases. Actions on the medical professional’s part can range from failing to diagnose cancer to a surgeon making an improper cut during a surgical procedure. The most common medical malpractice claim types include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Misdiagnoses
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Medication errors

Compensation in Malpractice Cases

In any medical malpractice action, the onus is on the plaintiff to prove two things: that the medical professional failed to meet the standard level of care that was appropriate in the situation in question and that actual damages occurred as a result of this deviation in the care standard. The exact standard of care that must be followed by the medical professional depends largely on the issue being treated and the training that the provider has had; for example, if he/she is a specialist. It is not uncommon for both sides in a medical malpractice case to offer up expert testimonies about the standard of care. A seasoned attorney will be adept at establishing this standard through contracting with witnesses who can support the claim.

Compensation in medical malpractice cases varies, but is usually a recovery of both economic and non-economic damages. This typically includes medical bills, including those incurred due to the medical error, lost income, lost capacity to earn a living, rehab and therapy costs, and compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish. In the event that the medical error resulted in a permanent disability, any award given will be greatly enhanced.

It is important to note that families can bring wrongful death claims following the death of a loved one at the hands of medical staff. These claims look to recoup financial loss that the family experiences due to the sudden death of a loved one.

What Should You Do Next?

Once you discover your injury, you have just three years to file a claim under Washington State’s statute of limitations. Past that date, you may be unable to collect damages and compensation from the at-fault party. Contact our Bremerton medical malpractice attorney right away to discuss the details of your case, identify any potential litigants, and determine the best course of action to follow moving forward. Schedule your no-obligation, no-cost consultation with our compassionate legal team today.

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