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Medical malpractice can ruin the lives of those who are victims of a medical practitioner’s negligence. Medical malpractice is defined as a medical professional—such as a doctor or nurse—engaging in practices that cause harm to patients, either willfully and directly or through ignorance and negligence. People entrust their very lives to medical professionals, and when those who are responsible for helping us stay healthy do the exact opposite, they can be held liable for the damage they caused in civil court.

The role of negligence in medical malpractice suits

Negligence plays a key role in medical malpractice lawsuits. When doctors or nurses do not adhere to the standards of care they are sworn to uphold and that negligence results in patients being injured or killed, they can be held legally responsible for their negligent actions. Negligence is defined as any action (or lack of taking action) that results in damage that could have been reasonably prevented. In short, if a reasonable professional would have acted differently, then the negligent professional can be held liable for the damages incurred through their negligence.

Medical malpractice can be fatal

Some injuries caused by medical malpractice can result in death. For example, if a patient contracts a septic infection because of a surgery in which non-sterile implements were used and is not able to recover from the infection, the surgeon can be sued for medical malpractice and a wrongful death suit may be filed by the grieving family members. In another example, if a scalpel nicks an organ during the process of surgery and the bleeding is not noticed and addressed and the patient suffers serious consequences, the doctor who performed the surgery can be sued for malpractice because of the result of their negligent error.

Common medical malpractice injuries

Medical malpractice often results in serious injuries. Some common cases include:

  • Birth injury to mother or child
  • Non-sterile surgical implements resulting in infection and injury
  • Improper removal of sutures resulting in injury
  • Contraindicated medications being prescribed causing injury
  • Incorrect dosage of prescription leading to injury or death
  • Improper surgical technique resulting in injury
  • Permanent disfigurement after malpractice injury

If you or someone you care about experienced one of these or any other form of medical malpractice and want to explore your legal options, contact medical malpractice attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC for a case evaluation.

We can help if you were a victim of malpractice

If you or a family member were injured by a negligent medical professional and you need a medical malpractice attorney in Seattle, contact Russell & Hill, PLLC today for a free consultation. We believe that medical professionals need to be held accountable for their actions, and when their negligence leads to a patient becoming injured, they need to be brought to justice in the civil courtroom. We offer our legal services on a fee-contingency basis, which means that you pay nothing in attorney fees until your case has been settled or won. Call us today for a cost-free case assessment.

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