A doctor, nurse, or other medical professional should never be allowed to needlessly endanger the life or well-being of a patient in their care.
Each year, Seattle-area patients suffer from medical mistakes which result in serious injuries or death. Nationally there are more than 1.3 million injuries caused by medical negligence and more than 180,000 deaths because of medical mistakes each year.
Medical Mistakes at Seattle-Area Hospitals
Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider (doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, plastic surgeon, pharmacist, medical technician, etc.) in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. It is the failure of a medical professional or a medical facility to provide a minimum standard of care in the areas in which the medical professional or medical facility specializes.
A medical facility may be a hospital or a birthing center, nursing home, or clinic. If the medical attention fails to meet the standard of good medical practice and harm results to a patient, the medical professional or medical facility may be liable for any resulting damages.
Learn about medical malpractice at these Seattle-area Hospitals: Tacoma General Hospital, Northwest Hospital, UW Medical Center, Overlake Hospital, Seattle Children's Hospital, Auburn Regional Medical Center, Evergreen Hospital, Highline Medical Center, Swedish Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center,
The medical malpractice cases that Davis Law Group accepts are very specific to certain types of medical errors. We are currently accepting ONLY medical malpractice cases that involve:
- Wrong site surgery - operating on the wrong body part.
- Defective medical or surgical products and instruments - injuries from defective medical products.
- Retained surgical instruments - items left inside the patient causing long-term / permanent problems or death.
- Medication errors - Wrong drug or wrong drug dose given to patient causing long-term / permanent damage or death.
We are sorry that we cannot provide assistance on other types of cases at this time.
Hiring an Attorney for Your Medical Malpractice Claim
If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor's mistake in Washington State you may need the help of a Seattle medical malpractice attorney.
Call Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 for a free, no-obligation legal consultation concerning your medical malpractice claim. There is no obligation to hire a lawyer after meeting with our team. We are usually retained on a contingency-fee basis, meaning there is no fee until our Seattle Medical Malpractice Lawyer successfully recover fair compensation for you. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Proving a medical malpractice case is much different and more complex than with other personal injury claims. The facts surrounding your claim are based on past medical records and testimony from medical experts who are familiar with your type of case.
A “complex” case type simply means that expert testimony and medical records are a vital component to proving that the healthcare professional responsible for treating you did act negligently. The combination of strong medical evidence and qualified expert testimony gives victims the best possible chance of financial recovery.
Clear-Cut Case Types
- “Surgical Souvenirs” (i.e. sponges, clamps or other equipment that is left behind)
- Operating on the wrong body part or wrong side of the body
- Medication errors
- Failure to diagnose or properly treat a medical condition
- Birth injuries
- Plastic surgery errors
- Unnecessary surgical procedures
Complex Case Types
- Post-operation infections
- Dental mistakes
- Falls in hospitals or nursing homes
- Failure to monitor a patient
- Long-term treatment disputes
- Nursing home and elderly care incidents
Plastic Surgery Mistakes: Permanent Cosmetic Disfigurement
Many cases of permanent cosmetic disfigurement are the result of a plastic surgery mistake and ultimately require extensive reconstructive surgery. Such cases include: poorly-placed breast implants, improper rhinoplasty (nose job) or cheek/chin implants, etc. These plastic surgery malpractice injuries have a profound emotional and social impact on the unfortunate victims.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
A study released in October 2005 by Aon and American Society of Healthcare Risk Management reported on the frequency and severity of medical malpractice claims. Key findings of the study included:
- Overall the frequency of claims against healthcare facilities is decreasing. In 2004, there were 3 claims for each 100 acute care bed equivalents, down from 3.3 percent in 1999. The analysts hypothesize that self-insured healthcare systems have a greater financial incentive to reduce the cost of risk, make investments to improve the quality of care, and reduce medical errors. Consumer attitudes may also be changing as result of the enormous media attention given to the physician insurance crisis and how it relates to availability of healthcare at the local level.
- The frequency of claims against physicians was also declining, based on data from the National Practitioner Data Bank. The frequency of claims against physicians had dropped from 9.3 percent in 1999 to 8.1 percent in 2004.<
- The severity of institutional claims continues to grow from a low of 102,000 to $172,000 in 2004. (This data excludes settlements or awards yielding more than $2 million.
- Using ten years of data, public hospitals were found to have the highest percentage of claims of more than $1 million, with 39 percent of the exposure and 43.4 percent of the total number of large loss counts. Specialty hospitals had the least number of large loss claims.
Medical Malpractice at Seattle-Area Hospitals
Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Seattle Children's is consistently ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Despite the excellent work that Children's Hospital does and the thousands of children that it helps every year, there have been a number of problems there in the last few years. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Seattle Children's every year.
University of Washington Medical Center is an academic medical center known throughout the country (and world) for setting the standard for medical research. The university is responsible for breakthroughs in every aspect of medical science. Their physicians treat patients while also conducting research experiments and teaching young medical professionals. UW Medical Center does a wonderful job helping thousands of people every year.
But the fact that many of the staff members are interns and accidents that occur when these apprentices perform procedures may involve medical malpractice or hospital negligence. Every year there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at UW Medical Center.
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. The medical facility is know for providing innovative, technologically advanced, patient-friendly care. Northwest Hospital does a wonderful job helping thousands of people every year. But the facility is not free of incidents involving medical malpractice or hospital negligence. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Northwest Hospital every year.
Virginia Mason Medical Center is recognized as one of the nation's best health care facilities. Virginia Mason is well respected in the Seattle area and does a wonderful job helping thousands of people every year. But the facility is not free of incidents involving medical malpractice or hospital negligence. There are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Virginia Mason every year.
Harborview Medical Center is one of western-Washington's most respected hospitals and is well known for its trauma center and burn unit. Harborview does an excellent job helping thousands of seriously injured patients every year. But unfortunately the facility its fair share of incidents involving medical malpractice or hospital negligence. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Harborview Hospital every year.
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center is one of the major hospitals in King County Public Hospital District No. 2 which includes medical groups, home care, hospice and many community health programs. Evergreen Hospital Medical Center helps thousands of people every year, but incidents of medical malpractice or hospital negligence can and do still happen. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center every year.
Highline Medical Center's mission is to provide excellence in patient care and in all of their medical services. The Auburn hospital does a wonderful job helping many, many people each year. But there have been known problems at the facility with medical errors. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Highline Medical Center every year.
Auburn Regional Medical Center's mission is to provide excellence in patient care and in all of their medical services. The Auburn hospital does a wonderful job helping many, many people each year. But there have been known problems at the facility with medical errors. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Auburn Regional Medical Center every year.
Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a regional medical center offering a full range of advanced medical services to the Puget Sound Region. It has Level III Trauma Center and is known for providing award-winning, compassionate and patient-centered care. There is no doubt that Overlake Hospital does an excellent job helping thousands of seriously injured patients every year. However, the facility is not exempt from incidents involving medical malpractice or hospital negligence. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Overlake Hospital every year.
Swedish Hospital is the largest healthcare provider in the Greater Seattle area. It has four hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds) as well as emergency departments and care facilities in Issaquah, Redmond and Mill Creek. Swedish Hospital successfully treats more patients than any other hospital in the Puget Sound area. But this large volume means that there are inevitable incidents involving medical malpractice or hospital negligence. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Swedish Hospital every year.
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center is operated by MultiCare and offers inpatient pediatric specialty care at its main facility as well as several area clinics. Mary Bridge is one of the region's most respected children's hospitals.
Although the facility does excellent work and helps thousands of children each year, unfortunately Mary Bridge Hospital is not immune to incidents of medical malpractice. Medical negligence and medical malpractice cases happen at Mary Bridge too.
MultiCare's Tacoma General Hospital is a center prides itself as being a center for excellence in a number of areas including cancer care, cardiology, obstetrics and neurology. The facility Ranks No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" list for Seattle Area. But this does not exclude the hospital from having incidents of medical malpractice or hospital negligence. In fact, there are medical malpractice and negligence cases at Tacoma General Hospital every year.
Medical Malpractice Cases Can Be Difficult to Prove
As you know by watching crime and legal dramas on television, all legal cases need evidence. With a medical malpractice claim, the evidence is your medical history and the documentation from medical professionals that an error or misdiagnosis occurred. The stronger the evidence, the more likely it is that our office will be able to help you recover significant compensation for your injuries and lost wages. Multi-million dollar settlements can potentially be at stake in these cases, which makes it even more important that victims have strong evidence of wrongdoing before pursuing a claim.
Lawyers are NOT Doctors
Seattle medical malpractice attorneys at the Davis Law Group have years of experience in representing accident and injury victims, attorneys are not considered experts in the medical field.
In order to determine whether a person has a legitimate medical malpractice claim, our attorneys will need to review medical records and other useful evidence that can be used to prove that a healthcare professional was negligent in providing care to a patient. If you are interested in pursuing a medical malpractice claim and have not yet obtained medical records regarding the incident, it is in your best interest to do so before contacting a medical malpractice attorney.