Medical intervention is intended to help, not hurt people. But unfortunately, things can go wrong and medical professionals make mistakes that have serious, sometimes lifetime long consequences for the victims.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a medical professional you may be entitled to bring a claim for your injuries. The compassionate medical malpractice attorneys at Leavy Schultz Davis represent injured individuals and their families in Washington’s Tri-Cities area and are here to help.
Medical Malpractice Cases
Most people assume that you can only bring a medical malpractice claim against a doctor but the reality is, medical malpractice claims can be brought against any medical professional including:
- Physical Therapists
- Physician’s Assistants
Medical malpractice claims can also be pursued against other medical professionals as well as the medical facilities where the medical professionals work.
Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim
In Washington, in order to successfully bring a medical malpractice claim, you must prove that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care in the medical treatment they provided (or failed to provide). This means that it isn’t enough to simply prove that an injury occurred during or as a result of medical care but that the medical professional who provided the care acted in a manner that was outside of the scope most medical professionals in the community would act.
In order to prove your medical malpractice claim, your attorney will need to hire an expert who can affirm the connection between the actions taken by the medical professional and your injuries. As a result, hiring the right expert witness is a hugely important part of every medical malpractice case. At Leavy Schultz Davis, as a result of our ongoing work in this field, our medical malpractice attorneys know which experts to ensure the best possible outcome in the cases we handle.
Bringing a Medical Malpractice Claim
In Washington, you typically have three years from the day of the injury to bring a medical malpractice claim. In some instances, if an injury caused by medical malpractice is discovered outside of the three-year window (the statute of limitations) you may have an additional year from the day the injury is discovered to file a lawsuit. It is important to contact the attorneys in our office to ensure you preserve your right to a claim. Protecting your rights and understanding the time limit in your medical malpractice is an important part of the work our medical malpractice attorneys will do on your behalf.
Compensation in Medical Malpractice Claims
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life as a result of medical malpractice, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. At Leavy Schultz Davis, our talented Washington medical malpractice attorneys can help you pursue compensation for a variety of things including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
Resolving Medical Malpractice Claims
Each state in the U.S. handles medical malpractice claims differently, in Washington, there are no limits on the amount of money you are able to recover in a medical malpractice case. Interestingly though, in order to pursue a medical malpractice case, you must attempt to resolve the case before trial through a process called mediation or sometimes arbitration. In the mediation process, a trained professional (often an attorney) will work with everyone involved in the case in attempt to settle the claim. If the case is not settled in mediation you still have the option of taking the case to trial.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a medical professional in Washington, particularly in the Tri-Cities or Eastern Washington area, the malpractice lawyers at Leavy Schultz Davis can help you understand your options and pursue a claim if appropriate. Call us today at (509) 736-1330 for a free consultation.