Medical Mistakes at Seattle Children's Hospital
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. According to the Institute of Medicine between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals annually each year due to preventable medical errors.
Davis Law Group has the skills and experience required to successfully handle a medical malpractice case against Seattle Children's Hospital. In fact, attorney Chris Davis handled one of the most well-known cases against the hospital for causing the death of a child.
In The News: Lawsuits Against Seattle Children's Hospital
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
Possible HIV/Hepatitis Outbreak Announced in 2015
In August 2015, Seattle Children’s Hospital announced to at least 12,000 families in the area that some of the surgical equipment at the Bellevue Clinic had been improperly sterilized, potentially exposing patients to hepatitis and HIV. The patients who may be affected by this issue reportedly underwent surgical procedures at the hospital’s Bellevue location sometime over the past five years, though it’s unclear how long the problem has been going on.
In a statement, Seattle Children’s said, “Some patients who had a surgical procedure at Bellevue Clinic may need to be tested for hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV. The risk to patients is extremely low; however, we don’t know the exact risk to each patient.”
The hospital offered free blood tests to any patients who may have been affected, adding that officials are “not aware of any patients [who have been infected], but we’re not going to take chances.”
- Seattle Children's Hospital says surgical equipment may have been unsterile (CBS News)
- Seattle Children's says former surgical patients at Bellevue Clinic may need hepatitis, HIV tests (Q13 Fox)
Seattle Children's Hospital News and Information
- Seattle Children's Sued for $15.2 Million for Medication Error
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- Seattle Children's Hospital Medical Malpractice Scandal Shows Systemic Problems
- PRESS RELEASE: Grieving Mother Sues Seattle Children's Hospital for the Wrongful Death of Son
- Seattle Children's Hospital Investigation Findings
- Seattle Children's Hospital Operates On The Wrong Side of Boy's Body
- Overdose Death at Seattle Children's Hospital Was Not The First
- Patient Safety at Seattle Children's Hospital
- RADIO INTERVIEW: Seattle Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses Children's Hospital Case With KOMO's Ken Schram