What to do when you've been injured by a negligent Doctor
When we are sick, we put all of our faith and trust into our doctors and medical professionals. We are confident that they will accurately diagnose and treat our conditions with no complications. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Statistics show that approximately 195,000 people are killed every year by medical errors in the US. Between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits are brought against doctors each year. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by poor treatment or negligence, such as failure to use the right treatment, or diagnose serious problems.
Many people are reluctant to make a claim against their doctor. Why? If someone is texting while driving and runs over you, would you hesitate to assert your legal rights in that situation? What if your doctor was drinking the night before your operation and failed to adequately suture your internal injuries during surgery, causing you totally unnecessary damage and pain? Would you give him a pass in that situation? Doctors are not above the law, they are subject to higher duties of care than other professionasl and rightly so: they are trusted with your life and paid well for it.
Medical professionals have a duty to provide treatment that is consistent with customary and acceptable practices. If you believe you have been treated negligently by a medical professional, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the following practices;
- Surgical Negligence;
- Unnecessary or Unwarranted High Risk Surgery;
- Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnose;
- Lack of Informed Consent prior to a medical procedure;
- Anesthesia Complications; or
- Birth Injuries.
A successful medical malpractice claim must prove the following four elements:
- The medical professional was responsible for providing your treatment;
- The medical professional failed to meet the relevant standard of care;
- An injury occurred;
- Your injuries were caused by the failure of that person to meet the relevant standard of care.
At Perez & Perez Law, PLLC , our skilled staff of Seattle medical malpractice attorneys will analyze both the legal and medical issues of your medical malpractice case. We will explore every avenue of possible negligence to ensure that the negligent professionals are brought to justice, and to help you obtain the highest compensatory and punitive damages allowed by law.
As with all personal injury cases, it’s important that you act quickly before time limits run out and your claims are forever barred. Call Perez & Perez Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.