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Medical Malpractice

In 2006, a report was produced by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, in which it is stated that medication errors are one of the most common medical mistakes, causing injury or harm to at least 1.5 million people every year.  The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports approximately 225,000 deaths each year, due to medical negligence of some nature.  And that number continues to increase.  Approximately 106,000 patients die each year from the negative effects of medication; 80,000 patients die each year due to complications from infections incurred in hospitals; 20,000 deaths per year occur from other hospital errors; 12,000 people die every year as a result of unnecessary surgery; and 7,000 medical malpractice deaths per year are attributed to medication errors in hospitals.

As an injured patient, you are entitled to compensation for the harm you experienced. Injuries from medical negligence vary from very minor inconveniences to wrongful death.  You can recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses/bills
  • Lost wages/lost future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring
  • Physical disfigurement
  • Permanent disability/paralysis
  • Loss of services, consortium
  • Speech impairment
  • Wrongful death

Proof of medical malpractice requires two main elements:

First, that the health care provider'™s level of care fell below that of accepted standards or failed to do what a reasonable doctor with similar training and experience would have done in a comparable situation.

Second, the negligence must have caused the injury.  Sometimes causation is obvious.  Other times, however, expert testimony will be necessary.

It is imperative you retain counsel experienced and knowledgeable in the new legal changes in the medical malpractice field.  Effective in 2007, the legislature enacted changes to RCW 7.70, specifically with respect to pre-suit notice requirements and mandatory mediation prior to superior court trial.  RCW 7.70 governs any action for damages based on an injury resulting from health care, including causes of action in contract and tort.  The statute of limitations limits the time in which you have to make a claim.  RCW 7.70 and RCW 4.24.290 are the sections that govern statute of limitations.  If you feel you have been injured by medical negligence, it is important you act quickly to preserve your rights.

While Park Chenaur Law Firm recognizes and respects the importance of our doctors and acknowledges that most doctors are excellent at their profession, we also see a growing number of errors in the industry.  We strive to protect our clients and their families from negligent medical care and seek to hold those doctors and hospitals responsible for the injuries and damages they have caused.

At Park Chenaur Law Firm we evaluate every case with detail and care.  Small details often get overlooked as being inconsequential to a case when in fact, added up together, amount to an important piece to the puzzle.  We have all our attorneys look at your case so we don'™t overlook any of these details.  In addition, we have relationships with the best medical experts to review your case both timely and for the least amount of cost.

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