Washington Surgical Error Lawyers
Helping Victims of Surgical Malpractice in Washington
When somebody who works at a hospital makes a mistake that injures a patient, they aren’t going to tell you about it. Instead, the people at the hospital are going to close ranks and pretend that nothing bad happened.
Most hospitals are owned by multi-billion-dollar corporations. And the people who run them are hired to protect the hospital’s reputation and make sure its bottom line is secure no matter who gets hurt in the process.
If someone you love was harmed by surgical malpractice, you’ll want to have somebody by your side who isn’t afraid to stand up to the big corporations and insurance companies. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., that’s what we do. In fact, we’ve won record-breaking settlements against some of the biggest hospitals in the country.
Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.
What Are Surgical Errors?
Surgical errors are inexcusable mistakes that can ruin a patient’s life. Sometimes they even kill people. In many cases, the errors are so bad that it’s difficult to believe they actually happened.
Doctors have performed surgery on the wrong patient. They have mistakenly removed a perfectly healthy left kidney, leaving the patient with a cancerous right kidney. They have even ruptured a patient’s femoral artery when they mistook it for an intestine.
When people who work in hospitals fail to live up to the standards of their profession, the results can be devastating, including:
- Nerve damage
- Excessive bleeding
- Loss of a healthy limb or organ
What Causes Surgical Errors?
Surgical errors are completely avoidable. One of the main reasons they happen is because hospitals fail to hire qualified personnel. Another leading cause of surgical errors is when hospitals neglect to provide updated training on how to use current medical technology.
Hospitals create a dangerous environment when they fail to develop efficient protocols and procedures to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Proactive administrators conduct audits and seek feedback from staff so they can make policy improvements that will save lives. Incompetent administrators simply ignore problems and hope for the best.
Causes of surgical malpractice include:
- Failure to properly read a patient’s medical chart
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Negligent hiring
- Lack of adequate training
- Deviations from accepted standards of care
- Unreliable procedures and protocols
- Doctors who misread test results
- Failure to provide a checklist for procedures
- Mislabeled specimens
- Pharmaceutical technology that doesn’t provide dosage alerts
- Failure to practice essential hygiene
- Lack of communication
- Inconsistent rules and guideline
Who Is Liable for Surgical Malpractice?
Hospitals are ultimately responsible for hiring competent people and making sure people are doing their jobs correctly. And anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries can be held accountable for the harm they have caused. This may include:
- Laboratory Technicians
- Hospital administrators
How Your Washington Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
Our investigators at Puga Braley P.C. will review medical records and examine internal hospital documents to find out what really happened. We’ll also interview witnesses and collect testimony from medical experts.
These claims involve complex medical issues. But our Washington medical malpractice attorneys know how to explain these matters in a way that juries will understand.
Surgical malpractice causes catastrophic injuries. You may require extensive medical treatment, and it may be a long time before you’re ready to go back to work. And it’s possible that you’ll never work again and you won’t be able to resume the lifestyle you enjoyed before you were injured.
Claims filed for surgical malpractice include the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical bills
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Assisted living care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Reduced quality of life
We’re on Your Side
Everyone has the right to receive professional treatment when they go to the hospital. The people who harmed you should have to pay for their careless mistakes.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’ve dedicated our practice to helping victims of medical malpractice put their lives back together.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a free consultation today.
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