Clark County Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Hospital Negligence Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered harm due to medical negligence in Clark County, WA, the dedicated medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law can help. With over four decades of experience representing medical negligence victims, our lawyers have the expertise to thoroughly investigate your claim, build a strong case, and fight for maximum compensation.
Medical errors cause serious injury and death to thousands of patients each year. When substandard care by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other provider leads to harm, you may have a malpractice claim. Some common examples our law firm sees in Clark County and statewide include surgical mistakes, failure to diagnose cancer or heart disease, medication errors, birth injuries, and many more.
The skilled medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law are committed to helping injured patients and grieving families in Clark County and neighboring communities obtain justice after negligence. If medical provider errors caused you significant harm, please read on to learn more about how we can assist.Major Hospitals Serving Patients in Clark County
Clark County residents rely on several large medical systems and facilities for care ranging from routine wellness visits to major surgery and trauma treatment.
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver is a full-service hospital offering emergency medicine, cancer care, neurology, cardiac services, maternity care, surgery, and more. As one of the largest medical centers in the county, they treat tens of thousands of patients each year from Vancouver, nearby communities, and even Oregon residents.
Part of the Legacy Health network, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center is a 126-bed hospital providing emergency, heart and vascular care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, birthing services, and a range of inpatient and outpatient services. They have a 24-hour Level II trauma center and comprehensive stroke program.
The Kaiser Permanente Vancouver Medical Center facility offers primary and specialty care clinics, laboratory services, pharmacy, and urgent care to its members in Clark County. They have family medicine doctors, pediatricians, OB/GYNs, and specialists in fields like cardiology, orthopedics, endocrinology, and dermatology.
For less serious but still urgent medical needs, Clark County residents often visit the numerous Legacy GoHealth walk-in clinics located throughout the area.Common Medical Negligence Cases We Handle
The medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law have seen just about every type of negligence case imaginable over our decades of representing Washington patients and families. Some of the more common situations involving medical errors that we have successfully handled include:
- Surgical mistakes - Surgeons operating on the wrong body part or wrong patient, leaving foreign objects inside after surgery, puncturing internal organs, utilizing improper technique that damages tissue, failing to prevent infections, etc. Disability or death can result when basic protocols and safety procedures are ignored.
- Medication errors - Administering the incorrect type or dose of medication, ignoring dangerous drug interactions, improperly prescribing medications that cause harm, failing to monitor side effects, and other preventable medication-related errors.
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis - Failing to recognize signs and symptoms of diseases like cancer or Meniere's disease early enough to effectively treat them. Delayed diagnosis of dangerous infections has also caused our clients permanent injury and even death. Doctors and nurses must follow up appropriately on test results and signs of complications.
- Anesthesia errors - Poor monitoring of sedation, administration of excessive anesthesia dosages, failure to properly secure airway intubation, lack of oxygen, dangerous drug interactions, etc.
- Childbirth injuries - Preventable birth trauma like brain damage, nerve injury, and cerebral palsy due to doctor errors or hospital staff failing to monitor fetal distress signs during labor and delivery. No family ever expects their baby to be harmed by negligent maternity care.
- Nursing mistakes - Inadequate patient monitoring, failing to communicate changes in status, surgical prep errors, not following infection control policies, and other forms of nursing negligence that harm patients. Nurses provide vital day-to-day care and must alert doctors to complications.
No amount of money can undo the damage of medical negligence. But obtaining fair compensation can ease the financial burdens victims and families face. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for past clients in Clark County and across the state of Washington, and we utilize cutting-edge litigation strategies to secure the maximum results.In-Depth Investigation of Medical Negligence Claims
Successfully resolving medical malpractice cases takes meticulous investigation and documentation. When victims of negligence call our office for a free consultation, we immediately get to work gathering extensive records including medical charts, radiology films, procedure logs, and more. We leave no stone unturned while gathering the evidence we need to prove substandard care.
Our lawyers then engage multiple independent specialists to analyze these materials and provide their expert opinions. We work extensively with experts across all fields of medicine to review potential cases from every angle. For example, a single case could involve an emergency medicine expert to evaluate actions in the ER, a cardiologist to assess cardiac care prior to a heart attack, an internal medicine expert to examine chronic disease management, and a pathologist to analyze lab test handling.
We invest significant resources early in the investigation process to build strong malpractice claims on our clients’ behalf and pinpoint exactly how providers breached the standard of care.
We also only utilize medical experts who can communicate opinions clearly to both lawyers and jury members. Not all practitioners excel at translating complex concepts and analysis into terms laypeople can comprehend. Communication skills are vital.
While having extensive experience handling a wide range of medical negligence cases helps, our lawyers treat every single claim with individualized attention. We do not take “cookie cutter” approaches but gather case-specific evidence tailored to the unique circumstances and issues. Our firm's resources allow us to construct the strongest case possible no matter the complexity.Negotiating Aggressively With Insurance Carriers
Once our investigation builds a solid foundation proving negligence caused you or your loved one’s injuries, we reach out to the responsible providers’ insurance carriers (and occasionally healthcare systems directly depending on liability structure) to demand a settlement that fully compensates the harm suffered. Medical negligence insurers are notoriously difficult to work with, but our lawyers know how to negotiate effectively.
Our goal is full and fair compensation, and we are fully prepared to take cases to court when needed to motivate reasonable settlement talks or to seek a jury award. Our firm has an extensive track record of courtroom success, and insurers know we are not afraid to litigate if a fair settlement cannot be reached.
It takes aggressive negotiation and polished litigation skills to secure top dollar results, but clients can trust our team has the tenacity and experience needed to maximize their recovery. The damages we seek in medical malpractice cases may potentially include:
- Past and future medical costs, such as additional required surgery, hospitalization, therapy, in-home nursing care, prescriptions, medical equipment, etc. We thoroughly document all expenses already incurred and project future lifetime needs.
- Lost past and future income, benefits, retirement funds and professional opportunities due to inability to work or reduced earnings capacity.
- Pain and suffering - Monetary compensation for physical pain resulting from injuries caused by medical negligence.
- Emotional distress - Damages related to mental anguish, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other emotional consequences.
- Loss of enjoyment of life - Compensation for diminished participation in life activities, hobbies, travel, social functions, family activities.
- Loss of consortium - Compensation for the spouse of an injured victim related to lost intimacy, companionship, services from their partner.
- Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or truly egregious wrongdoing (rare in medical cases).
The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law offer personalized attention, compassion and tenacious advocacy to help injured patients and grieving families in Clark County obtain justice. If you suffered harm due to medical negligence, call our office at 800-426-5546 for a free consultation and case evaluation.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice, also called medical negligence, occurs when a healthcare provider fails to meet accepted standards of medical care and causes injury or harm to a patient as a result. Examples might include a doctor misdiagnosing a serious condition, a pharmacist giving the wrong medication, or a nurse failing to notice symptoms of distress during recovery. The key is that substandard care caused preventable patient harm.How Do I Know if I Have a Valid Malpractice Claim?
You may have a strong case if you or a loved one suffered actual damages as a result of medical negligence. Some signs of malpractice include an unexpected injury during treatment, a condition worsening under a doctor's care, significant delays in diagnosis, clear surgical errors or protocol violations, being discharged too soon, and experiencing adverse reactions/complications. Consult an attorney to fully understand your legal options.What Kinds of Injuries Can Result From Medical Negligence?
The effects of malpractice can range from temporary discomfort to severe permanent disability or even wrongful death. Some examples include surgical injuries, mistakes during childbirth, paralysis, organ damage, disfigurement, preventable infections, loss of limb function, adverse drug effects, and more. Patients can suffer both physically and emotionally.Will I Have to Go to Court for My Malpractice Lawsuit?
Not necessarily. Many medical negligence cases settle out of court before reaching trial. An experienced malpractice attorney will negotiate aggressively with the liable providers' insurance companies to reach a fair settlement. However, your attorney must be fully prepared to take your case to trial if needed to maximize recovery. The risks and costs of a courtroom loss often motivate reasonable settlements.How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Each state sets specific time limits, called statutes of limitations, for filing malpractice lawsuits. These limit how long after the negligent act or injury you can pursue legal action.