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.
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.
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 bleeds out, the doctor who performed the surgery can be sued for malpractice because of the fatal result of their negligent error.
Medical malpractice often results in serious injuries. Some common cases include:
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 Russell & Hill, PLLC for a case evaluation.
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.