When A Health Care Provider’s Negligence Brings Harm To Patients
While injury and deaths do occur in hospitals due to ordinary, unforeseen complications, medical negligence is a serious problem that causes harm to hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. When a hospital, doctor or medical staff create a problem that causes injury, they may be liable for damages.
What Constitutes Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is when, due to the actions or inaction of a medical professional, harm, injury or death occurs to a patient. In Washington state, medical professionals have to perform at or above the standard of care for a reasonable medical professional. If the care provided falls below that standard, and injury or death occurs, that person can be held financially liable in a civil lawsuit.
“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”— Sophocles, Antigone
The above quote by Sophocles speaks of the wrongdoer repairing the wrong caused by his mistake. However, when medical errors harm patients, correcting the error may require legal action by the person who has been harmed. A medical malpractice claim or lawsuit is often the only way to get justice for the injured. Our legal system provides remedies for people injured through medical negligence resulting in:
- Medication errors
- Emergency room (ER) errors
- Surgical errors
- Wrong-side surgeries
- Infections acquired in hospitals
- Failure to diagnose or treat conditions such as bed sores affecting patients in long-term care facilities, cancer or preeclampsia that may lead to birth injuries
What Can Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC Do To Help?
If you or your loved one has suffered injury and you believe it is due to the negligence of a physician, anesthesiologist, surgeon or any other medical professional, contact us to request a case evaluation. We work with skilled medical experts to get the most for your case, and we are not afraid to take a case to trial to get you the fair justice you deserve. Complete our online intake form or call us in Seattle at (206) 536-2850 or Tacoma at (253) 948-3199. We want to help.