When people are sick or injured they go to a doctor or other medical professional that they trust to diagnose their health problems and aid in their recovery. Medical professionals are highly educated and held to a specific medical standard of care. When they breach that standard of care and a patient is injured as a result, a medical malpractice claim exists. Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex both factually and legally, which is why injured patients should only work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who has the knowledge and experience necessary to prove their case.

Our Federal Way medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience in proving medical malpractice cases and securing a full and fair financial recovery for our clients’ injuries and damages caused by medical negligence. Our attorneys begin with an investigation into all of the facts and circumstances surrounding our clients’ medical care and injuries. We review medical records, interview witnesses, and hire medical experts to aid in examining the full extent of injuries sustained, proving medical negligence, and testifying at trial when necessary. Building a strong, clear-cut case is what makes our medical malpractice attorneys successful insurance negotiators and trial attorneys.

Common types of medical malpractice

  • Diagnosis – Medical malpractice may result in misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis. In these cases it is important to prove that a medical professional was negligent in not correctly diagnosing a patient and the patient was injured as a result.
  • Informed consent – Doctors are required to inform their patients of all of the risks associated with proposed treatments and any alternative treatments available. When a patient consents to a medical treatment without being given all of the facts and information associated with treatment risks and alternatives, this is not informed consent and if he or she is injured as a result of the treatment, there may be a case of medical malpractice.
  • Procedural error – Doctors do not have a duty to be perfect, but negligent procedural errors such as leaving a surgical sponge in someone’s body after a surgery or operating on the wrong body part typically amounts to medical malpractice.
  • Aftercare – Medical professionals’ duty of care does not end when the treatment or procedure is complete. Follow up care is important to be sure that patients properly heal and recover, especially when there is a risk of post procedure infection.

We know it is often hard to know whether or not your treatment and injuries amount to medical malpractice and that is unfortunately why many cases of medical malpractice go unreported. If you have sustained injuries and suspect that those injuries were caused by medical negligence, contact our Federal Way medical malpractice attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC to schedule a consultation. We will review the facts of your case, discuss the injuries you have sustained, and explore your legal recovery options. If you were harmed by a medical professional’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and damages which may include medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

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