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
Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case
First of all, you need to know if you qualify for damages in a medical malpractice case. If you cannot prove all of the below elements, you do not qualify to recover compensation:
- The doctor-patient relationship was established and the relationship existed at the time of the malpractice
- The medical professional’s actions or negligence was a breach of the duty of care
- You suffered injuries and damages
- Your injuries and damages are directly tied to the negligence of the doctor
Once you have proven all of the above items, you can focus on what types of compensation you may be owed. Those damages fall into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages are tougher to calculate and are largely subjective. You may hear the term “pain and suffering,” and the amount of compensation you are entitled to is up for debate. You cannot quantify physical pain, stress, the loss of a relationship, etc.
If you have any questions about your Overlake medical malpractice case, contact Davis Law Group today.
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Passionate Medical Malpractice Lawyers
The team at Davis Law Group has nearly 25 years of experience representing individuals and families who have been harmed by the professionals and techniques at Overlake they trusted to care for them in their time of need. Our Washington state medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary as trial lawyers fighting to seek justice for those injured or killed by negligence and malpractice.
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