We’ve all heard of instances where a doctor operated on the wrong patient, left surgical tools inside a patient or misdiagnosed an illness that proved to be fatal. However, most people never think that they could be medical malpractice victims.
Unfortunately, over one million instances of medical malpractice occur every year, mistakes made by surgeons, medical staff and hospitals – many of which result in permanent injuries or even death.
The Washington medical malpractice attorneys at The Tinker Law Firm, PLLC have the skills and experience to handle even the most complex cases involving medical malpractice. Let us put our skills and experience to work for you.
From Seattle or elsewhere in Washington, including Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island, and the Tri-Cities, simply call us at 206-842-3330, or use our convenient online form.
Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, occurs when a medical professional’s negligent act or omission results in injury. There are numerous situations in which medical malpractice occurs. The most common types of malpractice include surgical errors, failure to properly treat or monitor, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose and prescription error.
When the medical negligence results in an injury or a wrongful death, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed against the healthcare professional if he or she deviated from generally accepted standards of practice.
Most people equate medical malpractice lawsuits with surgeons and doctors. The fact is that almost anyone acting in a licensed medical capacity can be held liable for medical malpractice. This includes anesthesiologists, emergency care professionals, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and others. Hospitals, medical centers and nursing homes can also be negligent for improper care, errors concerning medication and sanitation issues.
Medical malpractice lawsuits in Washington State must be filed within three (3) years of the date of the act or omission giving rise to the injury or within one (1) year of the date the injury was, or reasonably should have been, discovered – whichever is later. However, medical malpractice actions may not be filed more than eight (8) years after the date of the act or omission giving rise to the injury.
The clock is running. If you’ve been injured by the careless act of a doctor or hospital worker, do not delay – contact The Tinker Law Firm, PLLC today. Our medical malpractice attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for clients who have been injured due to medical malpractice. Contact us today to discuss your situation and let us explain how we can safeguard the legal rights of you and your family.