Every day, patients across the state of Washington place their lives in the hands of trusted medical providers. Doctors, nurses and all medical professionals have a responsibility to provide treatment and care in an effective and timely manner. However, these medical professionals are human and are not exempt from making mistakes. Medical malpractice happens more than most people think, and is one of the leading causes of personal injury in the United States.
Medical malpractice lawsuit
Recently, a family in another state was awarded substantial compensation from a lawsuit they filed after their daughter suffered permanent injuries due to alleged medical malpractice. According to the lawsuit, the girl suffered a bad fall while at daycare and was taken to a children’s hospital for treatment. Allegedly, the child had suffered severe head trauma but was discharged and sent home by her physicians.
The lawsuit claimed that the child began having severe seizures within two days of being sent home. It was later discovered that she suffered irreparable brain damage. The plaintiffs claimed that their child was left blind, in a wheelchair and unable to communicate. Reportedly, a jury found that the defendants were negligent in prematurely discharging the child. The plaintiffs were awarded a total of $26.1 million in damages, the most ever from a medical malpractice claim in their state.
When a doctor or medical provider makes a mistake, the lives of their patients are directly at risk. Those in Washington who have suffered personal injury or loss due to the negligence of another party could benefit from discussions with a seasoned attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed financial relief to help victims and families recover from such a traumatic experience.