Assertive Representation In Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
We place great faith in medical providers, and they accomplish great things every day. When mistakes are made, however, the consequences can be catastrophic and even fatal. If you or a loved one is injured, or if a loved one is killed due to negligence on the part of a medical provider, you may seek compensation for your loss.
At Berry & Beckett, PLLP, we represent individuals across Washington in medical malpractice lawsuits. Because the stakes are high in these cases and professionals’ reputations are on the line, they are defended aggressively by medical providers’ insurance companies’ legal representatives. It is important to enlist legal representation from an experienced medical malpractice law firm like ours. We understand the strategies that are used to defend against medical malpractice cases, and we are not afraid to provide assertive advocacy on behalf of our clients.
To every case, we bring more than 40 years of experience and a personal approach that is essential to our clients as they attempt to recover from the serious setbacks that often accompany these cases. We have produced a number of multimillion-dollar outcomes in favor of our clients in medical malpractice cases.
Determining If You Have A Valid Malpractice Claim
A medical malpractice lawsuit can be pursued against a medical professional or an entity such as a hospital. It requires more than an undesired outcome to prove that medical malpractice has occurred. In order to prove a medical malpractice case, it must be shown that a medical provider failed to use the “degree of care, skill and learning expected of a reasonably prudent health care provider” and that this failure was the legal cause of the patient’s injury.
We represent clients in a wide variety of medical malpractice cases, including:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis
- Medication errors
- Defective medical products
What Can Be Recovered
Washington state does not cap the amount that can be recovered in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Plaintiffs in medical malpractice lawsuits can recover compensatory damages for both economic and noneconomic losses. Economic loss includes all current and future medical costs, including prescription medicine, physical therapy, nursing assistance and medical equipment. It also includes lost wages, loss of earning power and the cost of performing household chores that the injured party previously performed.
Compensation for noneconomic losses includes pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, and physical impairment or disfigurement.
Punitive damages may be recovered if it can be shown the care provider acted wilfully, maliciously or with a conscious indifference to the potential consequences. Punitive damages are designed to prevent similar misconduct in the future.
We Have The Resources To Build Strong Cases
Producing successful outcomes in medical malpractice cases is difficult. We have the resources necessary to develop strong cases, including strong relationships with a network of highly regarded medical professionals who can provide expert testimony on behalf of our clients.
We accept these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs, and we only collect an attorney fee if we help you obtain a recovery, either through a negotiated settlement or a verdict at trial. While most medical malpractice cases are resolved without litigation, our lawyers are trial-tested and always prepared to advocate in court if a fair agreement cannot be reached through negotiation or arbitration.
Prompt Action Is Important
Under Washington law, a claimant has three years from the date when the alleged malpractice occurred to file a lawsuit. Alternatively, individuals have one year from the date when a patient discovers (or should have been able to discover) that an injury occurred as a result of the alleged malpractice to file a lawsuit.
Prompt action is important for reasons beyond meeting the statute of limitations. Evidence of a medical error may be more easily and thoroughly collected if injured parties act promptly. We can help you determine if pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit is warranted.
Remember, we only collect if you collect in these cases. We have free parking at our Bellevue Avenue office in Seattle.