Spokane Medical Malpractice Attorney
According to a study by John Hopkins University in 2016, Medical Malpractice has increased and is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. We represent individuals who are seriously injured or who lose their life as a result of negligence by healthcare providers, drug manufacturers, hospitals or medical professionals.
Medical professionals strive to provide quality care. But when negligence occurs, it can have a devastating impact on not only the patient but also family members struggling to help care for them and meet financial needs. If a lifetime of care is required, families can become overwhelmed both emotionally and financially.
Medical malpractice cases typically require an in-depth investigation and careful presentation of the evidence at trial. Proving medical malpractice is not only difficult but also depends upon a qualified medical expert’s testimony that the defendant failed to provide the appropriate standard of care.
Holding Medical Professionals Accountable
By definition, medical malpractice simply means that a healthcare professional has been negligent and did not provide the standard level of care required by them. We entrust healthcare professionals with our well being and with our lives. When they make mistakes, they should be held accountable to ensure the same mistake will not be made in the future.
More Than 20 Years of Experience
Robert C. Hahn is a skilled attorney with decades of experience. Over the course of his career, he has assisted hundreds of injured clients and successfully recovered millions in settlements. You can trust us to look out for your interests and to help you pursue the best possible outcome to your situation.
Real concern, real help, and the consultation is free
How long do I have to file a Medical Malpractice lawsuit in Washington State?
It depends, you should always consult with an attorney as soon as you know of the medical mistake or negligence. If the statute of limitations runs out, it will be too late to pursue your claim.
Grounds for Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice occurs when an injury results from medical treatment that deviates from the appropriate medical standard of care, that is, care that a reasonably skilled doctor or other medical professionals would have provided under the same circumstances.
Establishing the Doctor-Patient Relationship
In order to prove medical negligence, it must be proven that a doctor and patient relationship existed.
Demonstrating the Doctor was Negligent
Healthcare facilities like hospitals and nursing homes will have legal professionals and insurance adjusters that focus mainly on disproving any negligence by the healthcare professionals that work for them. They will be very well versed in providing victims and their families with explanations that will lead to believe nothing out of the ordinary took place. Demonstrating that the Healthcare professional was negligent will take a thorough review of the records, and in most cases, a review by a medical expert to verify the treatment deviated from the appropriate standard of care required.
Showing the Negligence Caused an Injury
by a preponderance of the evidence that the medical professional or defendant caused the injury. This means it must be shown on a more probable than not basis that the defendant’s actions caused the injury.
Proving causation can be difficult in medical malpractice cases. The defendant will often try to demonstrate that there are other causes for the plaintiff’s injuries like the plaintiff’s pre-existing condition or illness they originally sought treatment for or they might try to show that the plaintiff was negligent themselves in some way and it was not the healthcare professional that caused the injury. The defendant sometimes argues that even if they deviated from acceptable medical procedures, such a deviation would not have altered the outcome for the plaintiff.
Damages awarded in malpractice cases
Damages are one of the most important aspects of a medical malpractice case. Since medical malpractice cases are complicated, expensive, and very time consuming the plaintiff must have large enough damages to make sense to pursue. If you only had 5,000.00 in damages, the cases cost would outweigh your potential recovery and would not be worth pursuing. However, if your damages are substantial, then it would make sense to spend the time and resources to pursue the defendant.
A plaintiff cannot recover damages for injuries that did not result from the healthcare providers negligent conduct. Therefore, you must be able to establish a causal connection or link between the injury and the healthcare professionals negligence.
Fighting for the Rights of Medical Malpractice Victims
We’ve been fighting for the recovery of medical malpractice victims for over 20 years. We have built our practice by providing excellent representation and have a proven track record of holding health care professionals responsible for their actions.
Get Answers and Protect Your Rights
When you or a loved one has been severely injured as a result of an avoidable mistake by a doctor or other medical professional, expenses can quickly mount. You can rely on our skill and experience to recover the compensation you deserve. We will listen and review your case with no obligation or cost to you. If we chose to move forward with your case, we will fight for your rights every step of the way. Call (509)921-9500 to schedule an appointment or submit our no free no-obligation consultation form.