Vancouver, WA Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Patients trust doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals to correctly diagnose and to administer treatment. However, doctors make mistakes. Medical errors can range from a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose, or medication or surgical errors. In some cases, these medical errors leave patients with long-term injuries or disabilities that lead to the death of a loved one.
If you have reason to believe that you or a loved one suffered a worsened illness or condition that could have been resolved with proper medical care, you may have a valid medical malpractice case. Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC can help you seek justice and compensation for what occurred.
Why Choose Us
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, our litigation team has extensive experience with medical malpractice cases in Vancouver and throughout Washington. We have built a remarkable record of success on several of our core strengths:
- We are honest and transparent with our clients, acting in their best interests rather than our own.
- We aggressive negotiators and experienced trial lawyers. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial to recover the maximum possible compensation.
- We maintain a small caseload, which enables us to give undivided, personal attention to the clients that we represent.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Any medical malpractice claim has unique circumstances, including factors that may be hidden from view without a full investigation into the facts. Examples of common problems include:
- Misdiagnosis: An incorrect diagnosis can lead to months or even years of treatment that does not address the existing physical condition. As a result, the symptoms can worsen, and once identified, may be untreatable, such as advanced cancer. A wrong diagnosis may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Delayed Diagnosis: If a medical professional does not perform tests that the symptoms indicated should be performed, an accurate diagnosis could be delayed, and the illness, condition or disease may advance and result in serious or fatal consequences.
- Surgical Errors: Surgical errors can include surgery on the wrong body part, surgeries incorrectly performed, or surgical tools or other items left within the body.
- Medication Errors: Medications administered to the patient may be in the incorrect quantity, or the incorrect type, leading to serious complications or even loss of life.
- Untreated Injuries Resulting from Surgery: If a doctor fails to notice or treat an injury resulting from surgery, this can lead to infections or other complications.
Who is Liable?
The success of a medical malpractice case in Vancouver will hinge on establishing that the injury is the result of the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse, or another medical professional. It must be established that the medical professional failed to administer the “accepted standard of care,” or treatment that another similarly trained medical professional would have performed under similar circumstances.
Several matters must be established in a medical malpractice lawsuit:
- Proof of the existence of a doctor-patient relationship between the injured party and the medical professional accused of malpractice.
- Proof that the medical professional provided care to the patient that failed to meet accepted standards of care.
- A causal connection between the medical negligence and harm to the patient.
- Quantifiable harm (damages) to the patient resulting from the act or acts of medical negligence.
These points are established through expert testimony, often countered by defense medical experts. The skills with which the case is crafted and presented in court is a key point in a jury response. Our litigation team is exceptionally talented in case development and presentation. We offer a free initial interview to assist you to determine if you have a valid case of medical malpractice.
Damages You Can Recover
Washington state has no limit on the financial damages that can be awarded in malpractice cases. You can pursue damages to cover medical expenses, including continuing care when needed, lost wages, lost earning potential and the impact upon quality of life, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Why You Need an Experienced Vancouver Lawyer
Medical malpractice cases are some of the more complex personal injury cases to bring to a resolution. Medical malpractice cases must meet the standard of proof, with a strong case backing them to be considered viable. To prevail, it is imperative that you are represented by experienced counsel. Our medical malpractice trial lawyers are known for their professionalism, legal skills, and ability to achieve positive outcomes for those they represent, both in and out of court.
Contact Us Today
Contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC in Vancouver, WA for a free case consultation. All medical malpractice cases are taken on a contingency fee basis – you owe no legal fees unless we win.