Medical Negligence Claims Against 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.  However, every year there are dozens of medical malpractice and negligence claims against Seattle Children's Hospital.

Latest Updates On The Aspergillus Toxic Mold Outbreak

Davis Law Group currently represents multiple families who have been impacted by the surgery room mold contamination at Seattle Children's Hospital and has posted an official statement.  

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 recent 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.

Lawsuits Against Seattle Children's Hospital

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 successfully resolved one notable wrongful death case against Children's hospital, which involved the death of a young child who was prescribed a lethal dose of fentanyl. 

In 2009, attorney Chris Davis received national attention for his work on an historic medical malpractice case at Seattle Children's Hospital. You can see that news coverage in the clips above. 

A 15-year-old old boy died from a massive overdose of narcotic pain medication following a routine dental procedure. Davis Law Group was hired to represent the family.

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

Aspergillus Mold Infects Children & Closes Operating Rooms At Seattle Children's

In 2019, Seattle Children’s Hospital sent a letter to more than 3,000 families warning that their children may have been exposed to the dangerous mold.  And at various points through the year the hospital shut down some or all of their operating rooms after aspergillus was detected.

Children exposed to the deadly mold can develop a pediatric invasive aspergillus infection which can be life-threatening. A study that appeared in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Fungi sites case-fatality rates for aspergillus infection patients under 20 years old ranges from 52.5% to 68%.  Despite these grim statistics, the parents remain hopeful that their children will beat the odds.  

Source: Wattier, Rachel L, and Lynn Ramirez-Avila. “Pediatric Invasive Aspergillosis.” Edited by William J. Steinbach. Journal of Fungi, June 13, 2016.

Possible HIV/Hepatitis Outbreak At SCH

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.”

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Seattle Children's Hospital News and Information

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