Vancouver Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The experienced Vancouver medical malpractice attorneys at Jane Clark Legal are here to help you seek justice and obtain the compensation you deserve.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers harm or injury due to a negligent act or omission by a healthcare provider, such as a physician, hospital, or other medical professional. Examples of medical negligence include but are not limited to misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition, a medication error, a surgical error, and communication errors between health care providers. If you believe you have been a victim of medical negligence, it is crucial to consult with a skilled medical malpractice attorney to protect your rights.
Our Attorneys Specialize in Medical Malpractice Cases
Our team of dedicated attorneys specializes in medical malpractice cases and understands the complexities involved. We have a thorough knowledge of the standard of care and the legal strategies to build a strong case on your behalf. We will work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions and pursue the maximum compensation available.
Establishing Negligence in Medical Malpractice Cases
When pursuing a medical malpractice claim, establishing a violation of the standard of care is crucial. The standard of care in medical malpractice cases refers to the level of care, skill, and diligence a competent healthcare professional would exercise in similar circumstances within the community. It represents the accepted practices and protocols within the medical community for diagnosing, treating, and caring for patients. When a healthcare provider fails to meet this standard, resulting in harm or injury to a patient, it may give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Violations of the standard of care are commonly referred to as “negligence.”
Our medical malpractice attorneys work closely with renowned medical experts with extensive experience in the same or related field as the defendant’s healthcare provider. These experts meticulously review your case, including medical records and relevant information, to determine whether the standard of care was breached.
Furthermore, our medical experts are vital in establishing the causation between the defendant’s actions or omissions and your injuries or damages. They thoroughly evaluate your medical history, pre-existing conditions, and the consequences of the defendant’s actions to determine the impact on your well-being. By leveraging their expertise, our medical experts provide professional opinions on whether the defendant’s breach of the standard of care directly caused harm to you.
Potential Damages in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
In a medical malpractice case, damages refer to the harm, injuries, or losses suffered by the patient due to the healthcare provider’s negligence. Damages can be categorized into economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages include quantifiable monetary losses that can be directly attributed to the malpractice. They may include medical expenses (past and future), rehabilitation costs, lost wages or earning capacity, the cost of assistive devices or home modifications, and other financial losses incurred due to the injury.
- Non-economic damages are subjective and non-monetary in nature. They encompass the physical and emotional pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life experienced by the patient due to the malpractice. Non-economic damages are often more challenging to quantify since they involve subjective factors such as the patient’s pain level, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life. Non-economic damages are best visualized by providing specific examples of how an injury has changed or impacted an individual’s daily life.
The amount of damages awarded in a medical malpractice case depends on various factors, including the severity and extent of the injuries, the impact on the patient’s life, the necessary medical treatment and ongoing care, and the jurisdiction’s laws and limitations regarding damages. In some cases, both the plaintiff and the defendant may present expert testimony to support their respective positions on the appropriate amount of compensation for the damages suffered.
Over 35 Years of Experience Representing Medical Malpractice Victims
At Jane Clark Legal, we have over thirty years of experience representing medical malpractice victims and individuals who have suffered due to negligent care. Our attorneys, Jane Clark and Josh Sherman, have a unique advantage, as they have previously defended doctors and insurance companies in medical malpractice claims. This experience provides us with valuable insights into the defense strategies, enabling us to build a strong case on your behalf.
We handle cases in Vancouver, Portland, and surrounding areas of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. Our law firm focuses solely on medical malpractice cases, allowing us to dedicate our full attention, energy, and resources to obtaining the compensation you deserve. We offer a free case evaluation and work on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
If you believe you have a medical malpractice case, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 360-859-3823 for expert advice and a free consultation. You can also reach out to us through our website to submit information about your case. Remember, time is of the essence in medical malpractice cases, so reach out to us now to protect your rights and pursue the justice you deserve.