Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider deviates from the proper medical or surgical standards of care and that deviation results in injury to the plaintiff. A plaintiff must establish the defendant’s duty of care, a breach of that duty, causation and injury. The following are some examples for medical malpractice:
- Untimely diagnosis
- Error in surgical procedure
- Incorrect surgical procedure
- Unnecessary operation
- Failure to timely treat
- Failure to properly medicate
- Over dosage
- Under dosage and
- Failure to secure informed consent from a patient.
An action for medical malpractice claim can be brought by:
- The injured patient
- Any members of the patient’s family
- If necessary, a legal representative.
In a wrongful death action, a legal representative of the deceased, a surviving spouse of the deceased, or children or parents of the decedent may bring an action.
Medical malpractice cases require attorneys to have specialized expertise, not only in the practice of law, but also with respect to complex issues relating to medical terminology, treatment, and technology. The Seattle malpractice attorneys at Johnson Flora, PLLC have practiced extensively in medical malpractice law for the past several years and take pride in our track record of obtaining generous settlements and jury awards in medical malpractice cases.