Medical Mistakes at University of Washington Medical Center
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.
Some Statistics: Just 5.1 percent of doctors account for 54.2 percent of the malpractice payouts, according to data from the National Practitioner Data Bank. Of the 35,000 doctors who have had two or more malpractice payouts since 1990, only 7.6 percent of them have been disciplined. And only 13 percent of doctors with five medical malpractice payouts have been disciplined.
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 Medical Malpractice 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 Medical Malpractice 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