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Seattle Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Seattle Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Seattle Medical Malpractice Lawyer

At Lehmbecker Law, our legal practice offers unrivaled medical negligence legal services. Our Seattle medical malpractice lawyers provide top-notch representation, fighting vigorously for victims of medical negligence cases. You can trust our decades of experience to secure the justice you deserve.
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Navigating a medical malpractice case requires a deep understanding of both medicine and law. At Lehmbecker Law Firm, our Seattle-based attorneys join these two essential components to provide unparalleled service to victims of medical malpractice.

Our team is dedicated to holding healthcare and medical professionals accountable for their actions. We guide you through every step of the legal process, investigating your case meticulously, advocating on your behalf, and striving for the maximum compensation that you deserve. At Lehmbecker Law, we don't just represent clients - we stand with them in their fight for justice.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

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Medical malpractice is a serious problem and it refers to the negligence or misconduct by medical providers or healthcare professionals that lead to harm or injury to a patient. Over 100,000 people are injured unnecessarily in hospitals every year. Common errors that cause serious, unintended injuries include improper medications, failure to diagnose a serious condition, delay of treatment, unnecessary procedures, and failing to follow standard medical procedures.

The gravity of the stakes involved makes medical malpractice so serious. The consequences of a human error for you or someone you care about can be catastrophic physically, emotionally, and financially. If you or a family member has suffered a permanent or life-threatening injury, you should seek help immediately. Your attorney will help you determine what went wrong, and whether you're entitled to compensation.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases

The act of medical malpractice itself can take several forms. Most medical malpractice cases fall into one of the below categories:

Surgical Errors

  • Anesthesiology mistakes (too much can kill, too little can have you waking up in the middle of the surgery);
  • Wrong-site surgery;
  • Operating on the wrong patient (yes, it happens);
  • Leaving items in the patient, like surgical sponges or even clamps;
  • Failure to monitor the patient after surgery.

Diagnosis Errors

  • Misdiagnosing the injury or illness;
  • Failure to diagnose the problem, or delays in diagnosis;
  • Failure to perform proper diagnostic tests.

Medication Errors

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  • Prescribing the wrong medication (for example, two confusingly similar drug names plus sloppy handwriting can equal being given that doesn't treat what's wrong, or has negative effects, or both);
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage.

Treatment and Follow-Up Errors

  • Failure to communicate with other treatment specialists;
  • Failure to communicate with the patient and family members;
  • Patient neglect;
  • Improper treatment regimens.

The Standard of Care Explained

The standard of care plays a crucial role in medical malpractice lawsuits. According to Washington statutes, it refers to the level of care, skill, and learning that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider in the same profession and under the same or similar circumstances would provide. When filing a medical malpractice claim, the injured patient must present evidence demonstrating the following:

  1. Standard of care: The patient must establish what the expected standard of care was in their specific case, considering the prevailing practices and protocols at the time;
  2. Provider's failure: They must show how the healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care, whether through acts or omissions, indicating a breach of their duty;
  3. Causation: The patient must demonstrate that the provider's failure to meet the standard of care directly resulted in their injury or harm.

This evidence helps the patient strengthen their case and establishes the basis for holding the healthcare provider accountable for their actions.

Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Washington

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Pursuing a medical malpractice claim in Washington involves specific requirements and procedures. There are three important aspects to consider:

Certificate of Merit Required in Standard of Care Action

In Washington, before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit for medical negligence claims based on the standard of care, the plaintiff must obtain a Certificate of Merit. This certificate is a sworn statement from a qualified medical expert, attesting that there are reasonable grounds to believe the defendant's healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care, resulting in the plaintiff's injury. This serves as an initial validation of the claim's legitimacy.

Mandatory Mediation

Before most medical malpractice claims can go to trial, Washington law requires mandatory mediation. Mediation is a process in which a neutral third-party mediator facilitates negotiations between the parties involved. The goal is to reach a mutually agreeable settlement, potentially avoiding the need for a costly and time-consuming trial. Mediation allows the parties to discuss their concerns, explore potential resolutions, and work towards a fair and satisfactory outcome.

Attorney Certification of Reasonable Inquiry

In medical malpractice lawsuits in Washington, the plaintiff's attorney must provide an Attorney Certification of Reasonable Inquiry. This certification affirms that the attorney conducted a reasonable investigation into the claim's merits, including obtaining a written opinion from a qualified healthcare expert. The certification demonstrates that the attorney has done their due diligence in assessing the viability of the case and ensures that frivolous lawsuits are avoided.

Compensation Available for Medical Malpractice Claims

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How much your claim is worth depends on your specific circumstances. Successful medical malpractice settlements and damages awards often amount to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars for injured patients, but there are no promises on what you might recover without carefully assessing your case first.

Damages in personal injury actions, including medical malpractice claims, are broken down into two types:

  • Direct damages can be proven and calculated, like additional medical costs incurred as a result of the act of malpractice, lost wages, and the economic effects of permanent or temporary physical disabilities;
  • Indirect damages are less tangible but still real: pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, loss of parental guidance, or exemplary or “punitive” damages. These are more subjective to evaluate, and many states place dollar limits on how much you can receive for them. However, they can still amount to substantial sums, and shouldn't be overlooked.

The Washington State Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Washington state is generally three years from the date the injury occurred or the date the patient discovered or reasonably should have discovered the injury. However, there are certain exceptions and variations depending on the case.

For instance, if the malpractice involved a foreign object left inside the patient's body, the statute of limitations is extended to one year from the date the object was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. Consult with a qualified attorney to understand the current and accurate statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Washington.

Who May Be Responsible for Medical Malpractice Injuries in Seattle, WA?

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In Washington State, three primary parties may be held responsible for medical malpractice injuries:

  • Healthcare practitioners: Include doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals, can be held accountable for medical malpractice if they deviate from the accepted standard of care that results in patient harm. This includes misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, failure to provide appropriate treatment, or lack of informed consent;
  • Healthcare facilities: Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and medical centers, can also be held liable for medical malpractice. If the negligence or misconduct of the facility's employees, including doctors, nurses, and support staff, leads to patient harm, the facility may be considered responsible. This may include issues such as inadequate staffing, improper training, or failure to maintain a safe environment;
  • In some cases, the manufacturer of a medical product or device may be held responsible. If a defective product, such as a pharmaceutical drug, medical implant, or medical equipment, causes harm, the manufacturer may be held liable. This can include issues such as design defects, manufacturing defects, or failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions for the product's use.

Determining liability in medical malpractice cases can be complex, and multiple parties may share responsibility depending on the circumstances. Consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can investigate the case, gather evidence, and determine the appropriate parties to hold accountable for the serious injuries you sustained.

Why Choose Our Seattle Medical Malpractice Lawyers?

When choosing our Seattle medical malpractice lawyers at Lembecker Law, you can expect exceptional legal representation and numerous benefits. Here are three key advantages of working with our team:

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Experience: Our medical malpractice attorneys understand medical malpractice cases, bringing years of experience and in-depth knowledge of this complex area of law. We understand the intricacies involved in proving negligence and securing fair compensation for our clients.

Comprehensive approach: Our comprehensive approach includes conducting thorough investigations, gathering evidence, consulting medical experts, and building a strong legal strategy tailored to you. Our attention to detail and dedication to your medical malpractice case ensures that no stone is left unturned in seeking justice.

Personalized attention: At Lembecker Law, we prioritize personalized attention and open client communication. We understand the emotional and physical toll of medical malpractice, and we're committed to supporting you throughout the legal process. Trust that we will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide compassionate guidance every step of the way.

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Verdicts and Settlements

Our attorneys have decades of experience to ensure you get the proper treatment for your injuries and compensation for your losses. If you’ve suffered an injury, contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help you get the financial help you deserve.
Overcoming Negative Police Report
For a Client Wrongly Put at Fault
Lehmbecker Law overcomes a negative police report and secures the client compensation for his medical costs, pain and suffering, and property damage.
$185,000
For a Victim of DUI Accident in Dram Shop Case
Lehmbecker Law successfully recovers damages for a victim of a DUI accident and holds a bar accountable for over serving.
Lifetime Pension Awarded
For a Roofer After 5-Year Fight
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$6M
FOR A CLIENT INJURED BY A VEHICLE WHILE WALKING
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$1.8M
FOR A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WHO FELL INTO AN UNPROTECTED SHAFT
We also obtained a lifetime pension from worker’s compensation for this injured worker.
$62,500
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Attack
Our exceptional advocacy leads to a great outcome in a pit bull attack case, securing justice and compensation for the victim.
$45,000
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Bite
Lehmbecker Law secures victory in dog bite lawsuit, delivering justice and compensation to the victim.
$5.75M
FOR A GRANDFATHER STRUCK BY A YOUNG DRIVER
Finding a hidden $5M umbrella policy and making a compelling video from the Grandfather’s family helped us settle this case in less than a year.
$2.0M
FOR A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLIENT INJURED DURING A HEART PROCEDURE
We showed that the physician performed an unnecessary procedure that seriously injured our client.
$1.75M
FOR A WOMAN WITH A PERMANENT LEG INJURY
The insurance company didn’t believe she was that injured. We convinced them.
$2.0M
for an elderly woman who suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery
After being struck in a crosswalk by a delivery van.
$2.0M
for a young woman who suffered multiple orthopedic injuries
After being struck in a crosswalk by a taxicab.
$2.0M
for our client who suffered permanent cardiovascular impairment
After his surgeon attempted to perform an unnecessary procedure.
$1.75M
for our client who was hit in the front driver’s side of her vehicle
As she was driving straight through a green light in Kirkland, WA.
$675,000
for our client after she was hit by a driver failing to yield
While making a left turn.
$460,000
for our client
After being hit by a driver making an illegal U-turn.
$410,000
for our client when a piece of plywood fell onto his knee and punctured it
While working on a construction site.
$326,900
for our client
After being T-boned by a drunk driver.
$250,000
for our client who was crushed under a wall
While working on a construction site.
$250,000
for our client
After he and his dog were hit by a distracted driver who didn’t see them crossing the street.
$250,000
for our client
After his leg was broken in three places during a construction-site accident that occurred while he was working as a carpenter.
$250,000
for our client
After being hit and run side-swiped on the freeway (uninsured motorist claim).
$192,500
for our client
Who violently rear ended while traveling back to his office in the Seattle area.
$150,000
for our client
After being rear-ended while at a complete stop.
$150,000
for our client
after he slowed down to make a turn and was rear ended.
$150,000
for our client
After being hit twice within one year.
$90,000
for our client
After our client exited a restaurant, slipped on a mossy paving stone and fell, resulting in a broken ankle.
$60,000
for our client
After he was bitten by a dog in the leg while delivering a package.

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Thank you very much for fighting for me really hard, I know it’s only beginning but I am so happy and satisfied with the results.
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Areas We Serve

We’re proud to work with clients throughout Washington state, including Seattle and surrounding areas. If you can’t make it to our office, we’ll meet you wherever you need us, whether at home or in the hospital.

Bellevue

11711 SE 8th ST. STE. 120, Bellevue, WA
98005

Federal Way

Uptown Square Complex 1066 S. 320th ST., BLDG. K,
STE. F Federal Way, WA 98003

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Seattle Medical Malpractice FAQs

How do I know if my doctor committed malpractice?

Determining if your doctor committed malpractice requires a thorough evaluation of the facts, medical records, and expert opinions. Consult with a skilled medical malpractice lawyer who can assess the circumstances, review the standard of medical care, and determine if negligence or a breach of duty occurred.

Can I see if someone sued my doctor for medical malpractice before?

In many cases, medical malpractice lawsuits are public records. You can research court records, and online databases, or contact the relevant court to inquire about any previous lawsuits filed against your doctor for medical malpractice.

What happens if I learned about malpractice after the statute of limitations?

If you discover malpractice after the statute of limitations has expired, it can be challenging to pursue a legal claim. Statutes of limitations set deadlines for filing lawsuits, but there may be exceptions depending on the circumstances, such as the discovery rule or tolling provisions. Consult with a medical malpractice lawyer to understand if any exceptions apply to your case.