Extensive Research and Preparation
One thing to be aware of when pursuing a malpractice claim is that these actions can take years to resolve. Medical malpractice cases are especially time- and resource-intensive because of the complex nature of the claims involved. Our experienced Richland, WA medical malpractice lawyer team has the skills, resources and experience to conduct exhaustive research and build complex arguments.
Reliance on Medical Expert Witnesses
A crucial element of a medical malpractice case involves proving that the physician (or other professional) who injured you breached the duty of care owed to you by failing to act in ways that a reasonable similar professional would have done under similar circumstances. This usually involves showing that a particular course of treatment was inappropriate or a medical decision was not warranted and wouldn’t have been made by other reasonable physicians.
The practice of medicine is extremely complex, and most non-physicians don’t have the technical expertise or knowledge to demonstrate what is and isn’t reasonable care. That’s why medical malpractice attorneys often rely on expert testimony from medical professionals within the same field as the defendant.
Medical expert testimony is not required in Washington in cases where the errors were obvious (such as performing surgery on the wrong part of the body). The rest of the time, however, testimony from experts crucial to the success of a case.
Medical errors can become apparent immediately or long after the fact. When malpractice is suspected shortly after treatment, plaintiffs have just three years from the date of the negligent act to file a lawsuit. Thankfully, there is some leniency made for victims who don’t discover the malpractice during the initial time frame. In Washington, if you discover the error outside the statute of limitations, you have a one-year window from the date of discovery in which to file suit.
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