WA Medical Malpractice: How Do You Know If You Have A Lawsuit?

How would someone really know if they have a medical malpractice lawsuit? While it may seem like a fairly straight forward question to many, the truth of the matter is that the answer is not always so obvious. Matt Menzer, a Washington State attorney who represents medical malpractice victims, provided some insight into determining liability and obtaining a Certificate of Merit’ something that is now required in Washington.

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WA State’s Medical Malpractice Certificate Of Merit Requirement Found Unconstitutional

Since 2006, Washington State has required anyone filing a medical malpractice lawsuit to first obtain a Certificate of Merit’ which is basically a statement from a medical expert saying that the lawsuit has merit. However, injured victims said that actually getting the certificate was nearly impossible and denied them access to the courts. The Washington State Supreme Court recently agreed and has ruled that the law is unconstitutional.

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Washington Medical Malpractice: What Damages Might You Be Entitled To?

Damages in medical malpractice lawsuits can be fairly significant when a serious or permanent injury has occurred. While these types of cases tend to require more sophisticated damage calculations, Matt Menzer’ a Washington State medical malpractice attorney’ says that using the right experts, videos and creating a favorable perception can go a long way.

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Washington Medical Malpractice Injury: Who Might Be Liable?

Potential defendants in Washington State medical malpractice cases can run the full gamut. In fact, according to one legal expert, potential defendants include hospitals, general practice to specialty physicians’ from family care physicians to neurosurgeons, physicians’ assistants, nurses’ even nurses’ assistants in a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation setting. So, who might be liable for your injuries?

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Washington Medical Malpractice: Laws, Claims and Damages

When a Washington health care provider has negligently injured a patient, the patient can recover damages for their injuries by filing a medical malpractice action. Medical malpractice, or “med mal” law, was enacted to protect patients from medically negligent health care providers.

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