We Help People Hurt by Medical Errors
The Medical Injury Law Center helps obtain compensation for people who have suffered serious injury (including the death of a loved one) as a result of medical errors made by doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers. We work with clients on a contingency fee basis. Center founder John Ferguson has more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer and is dedicated to helping injured people receive fair and just compensation.
What are examples of medical errors? Medical errors take many forms. A medical error can be:
- Missed or delayed diagnosis of stroke or heart attack.
- Poor medical care given to a pregnant woman or her newborn.
- Poorly performed surgery.
- Prescribing the wrong medicine or too little or too much of the right medicine.
- A delayed or missed diagnosis of cancer.
- Missed signs of heart disease.
- A misinterpreted X-ray or other lab result.
- Missed signs of a pulmonary embolism.
- Missed or delayed diagnosis of bacterial meningitis or other serious infection.
The list of possible medical errors is virtually endless, but the one thing that medical errors all have in common is that when they cause the patient to have a worse outcome than he or she should have had, the patient is entitled to compensation. Click here and here for additional examples of medical errors.
Many times, the harm from a medical error shows up immediately. Other times, the harm from a medical error doesn’t show up for months or even years. We usually can obtain compensation for negligent medical care that happened up to 3 years ago, and at times as far back as 8 years ago.
If you’re wondering whether a medical error may have caused you or a loved one serious harm, fill out the brief confidential form on the left and we will evaluate your situation (for free). Or simply call us toll-free at 1-888-9AskNow (888-927-5669).
Medical Errors Happen Far Too Often, and the Victims Are Entitled to Compensation
Doctors and other medical providers are among the wealthiest and most respected members of our society. We place our trust and our lives in their hands. However, along with the benefits of wealth and respect that doctors and other healthcare providers enjoy comes an equal obligation – the duty to act carefully and to be accountable for their mistakes. Patients have a right to expect and to receive careful medical care. Doctors and other medical providers recognize that they can and do make mistakes like anyone else, and that their mistakes can be very costly for their patients and the patients’ families. Doctors insure themselves for this very reason.
Of course, not every bad outcome is the result of medical errors. Unfortunately, however, medical errors happen much more often than you might think. According to well-respected medical studies, medical error is one of the leading causes of death and serious injury in the United States. One recent medical study found that medical errors in hospitals kill an estimated 440,000 people per year in the U.S. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets full of people crashing each and every week of the year, or almost 3 full jumbo jets per day. And serious injury (but not death) due to medical errors in hospitals is estimated to be 10-20 times that number.
As eye-opening as those numbers may be, they likely underestimate the true toll of medical errors, because the statistics do not count the medical errors occurring outside of hospitals, that is, in medical clinics, doctors’ offices, and other non-hospital settings. So, the true toll from medical errors undoubtedly is much higher, if errors outside of hospitals are also counted. (For a further discussion of how often medical errors occur, click here.) Yet, despite this huge number of patients killed or seriously injured every year by medical errors, only a very small fraction of them ever become aware of the errors and make a claim.
If you or a loved one has a serious medical condition or injury, or if a loved one has died, we can help evaluate whether it is a result of medical errors and might be a case that we could help you with. Fill out the brief confidential form on the left if you would like us to evaluate your situation (for free), or simply call us toll-free at 1-888-9AskNow (888-927-5669).
Contingency Fee Basis
We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that we get paid our attorney fees only if there is a recovery. For a detailed explanation of how we get paid attorney fees and how court costs and other litigation expenses are paid, click here.
We have recovered many millions of dollars for our clients.* We would like to help you.
* No guarantee of any recovery in your case can be made. The amount of any recovery is dependent on the unique facts of each case.
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We handle cases throughout all of Washington.