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How to talk to the Doctor about Malpractice

If you suspect that malpractice has happened, demand that they conduct an investigation. If malpractice happened in the hospital, demand that they conduct a M&M (Morbidity and Mortality) conference. If someone died, demand an autopsy by an independant corrorner.


Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Nobody wants to think about it...

            But unfortunately Medical Malpractice is far more widespread, and far more common than the insurance companies, or doctors would have us believe. Nobody wants to think that their doctor, nurse, or hospital hurt them, but it happens. Problem is, nobody really knows how much or how often, but the science shows that the problem is widespread. In fact a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety suggests that Medical Malpractice mistakes contribute to as many as 210,000 deaths a year! More than double the 1999 Institute of Medicine study that said it was 98,000. If the new study withstands peer review, that makes Medical Malpractice the third leading cause of deaths, right behind heart disease, and cancer. Either number is shocking, it's the equivalent of 4 baseball stadiums full of people, all dead, every year. 

            Medical malpractice comes in two forms: 1) breach of the standard of care for the condition, treatment, or procedure, and 2) failure to diagnose the medical condition. As a matter of law, both types of claims entitle the victim to monetary compensation. 

            If you suspect that you or your loved one is the victim of Medical Malpractice, it is absolutely essential that you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer can help you understand if you have a valid claim, if you are entitled to compensation, and what you can do to hold a negligent doctor, nurse, hospital, or other medical professional responsible for injuring you. Call us today, we can help....

RCW 48.140.010 (9): "Medical malpractice" means an actual or alleged negligent act, error, or omission in providing or failing to provide health care services that is actionable under chapter RCW 7.70