A death or injury that results from a needless and preventable medical error — a child who sustains brain damage at birth, or a cancer misdiagnosis that leads to improper treatment — can be among the most devastating tragedies. The injustice is made worse when the injured individual and family members are denied access to information about how the error occurred. Luvera Law Firm specializes in these cases, using the justice system to unlock doors to the truth behind medical negligence, secure appropriate compensation for the victim and family, and make changes in medical policies and procedures to improve safety for everyone.
We will assist you regarding new medical malpractice laws which became effective June 5, 2006 in the state of Washington. There is now a three year time limit for filing suit which applies to everyone, including children. Before you can file a lawsuit you must give notice that you intend to sue to the defendant 90 days ahead of filing. You are required to file with the lawsuit a certificate by a qualified expert that the case has merit. Damages including reasonable attorney fees can be awarded for filing frivolous cases. The law also provides for arbitration, without a jury, of cases with damages limited to $1 Million dollars, however, all parties must agree to arbitrate and no one party can force arbitration.
Medical professionals — including doctors, nurses and other clinicians — and healthcare facilities are held to established standards when caring for patients. Medical malpractice cases involve situations where a healthcare provider or organization makes an avoidable mistake, or creates an error-prone care environment that leads to injury or death.
Luvera Law Firm has represented clients of all ages with a wide range of serious medical negligence claims, and has extensive experience in cases of obstetrical, neonatal and pediatric negligence. We have a host of experience regarding medical malpractice cases, including:
- Evaluating the merit of each case.
- Dealing with healthcare organizations to gain access to medical records, clinicians, and other evidence to support a client’s negligence claim.
- Finding qualified physicians and other expert witnesses to evaluate individual cases and testify to medical malpractice, as required by law.
- Working with experts to calculate lost income and other damages that can be documented. We also evaluate damages that result from other losses, such as diminished activity or lifestyle.
- Handling trials as well as settlement negotiations, based on what will achieve the best outcome for our clients. Often, trials can be emotional and stressful experiences for plaintiffs — we are skilled at determining the most effective way to maximize success while minimizing the impact to our clients.
- Navigating the maze of time limits and other legal technicalities on filing lawsuits and making claims.
Results in Medical Malpractice cases
Delayed diagnosis of skin cancer causes significantly increased chance of recurrence and shortened life expectancy
30-year-old wife and mother of two dies due to negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of critically low potassium and calcium
Delayed diagnosis of colon cancer causing man’s death
Child suffers brain injury when given 10 times the correct dosage of chemotherapy medication
71-year-old woman suffers paraplegia when doctor negligent delays review of CT scan
32-year-old man suffers brain damage when given wrong dosage of medication in emergency room where he’d gone for minor injury
Baby suffers brain injury when doctor negligently delays delivery
Obstetrician negligently delays delivery causing baby to suffer brain injury and later death
Negligently performed epidural injection while woman in labor causes cardiac arrest and brain damage
Failure to treat bacterial infection from broken arm causes brain injury to 9 year old girl
Infant suffers brain damage when nurse negligently infuses breast milk in central venous catheter
Man’s throat severely burned by fire when laser ignites anesthesia gases during routine vocal cord surgery in Bellingham
Baby suffers cerebral palsy due to mid-wife and hospital negligence
Baby suffers catastrophic brain injuries when hospital botches prenatal ultrasound leading to attempted vaginal delivery and crash C-section
Failure to diagnose staph infection in 14-yr-old girl’s knee causing permanent damage
Failure of nurses to report problems after back surgery causes woman to suffer partial paraplegia
Failure to treat and monitor blood coagulation disorder in disabled veteran
Failure to diagnose and treat high bilirubin in baby causing brain injury
Judge enters award against the University of Washington for miscommunicating to a family what medication to administer to 4-year-old heart transplant patient
Catheter punctures heart causing heart attack and brain damage
Failure to diagnose ruptured blood vessel after amniocentesis causing brain injury