Hopefully, you have been fortunate enough to maintain a great relationship with your primary care physician. Even when a specialist may be necessary, I know I'm in good hands because - typically - the specialist was referred to me by my trusted M.D. However, while we like to put our physicians on pedestals, they are not omnipotence and perfection rolled into one. Doctors are human, and humans make mistakes. If these unfortunate mistakes caused you unnecessary pain and suffering you may have a Personal Injury claim.
Medical malpractice is one of the most challenging claims to bring in Washington. Unlike most motor vehicle accidents, where the fight around liability and damages may be straightforward, medical malpractice cases can be a lot more complicated. Euphemistically, these claims are referred to as the "Battle of the Experts." In essence, both parties must retain an expert physician to explain whether or not the doctor alleged to have made a mistake met the standard of care for his industry. These experts will both give their respective opinions and then it will be up to the jury to decide who to believe.
As a result, these medical malpractice claims tend to be long, arduous and expensive because in most cases you have to pay your expert doctor thousands of dollars just to give his opinion. Despite these potential complications, in many circumstances, the risks are worth the reward. At Magnuson Lowell, we can evaluate these risks and help you with your complex Personal Injury claim.