A birth injury refers to a physical injury or deformity that is the direct result of being born. Despite improved methods and technology used in childbirth, almost 3 percent of babies born in America suffer debilitating birth defects. Some suffer minor injuries while others are subject to a lifelong disability. If these birth injuries were avoidable or were inflicted due to an error by the medical staff, you may be eligible to file a birth injury lawsuit.
Common serious birth injuries include:
If your child has suffered a birth injury, you may be entitled to compensation through a birth injury lawsuit. Frequent causes of birth injuries include:
When you contact Wiener & Lambka in Seattle, Washington , our birth injury attorneys will likely want to review all of your baby’s medical records prior to filing a lawsuit – including records from both the child’s birth and neonatal care. The sooner you contact our attorneys, the sooner we can begin our investigation.
If your child suffered a birth injury due to incompetence or negligence of the health care staff during the delivery, it is imperative that you contact our Seattle, Washington office to discuss filing a birth injury lawsuit. The attorneys of Wiener & Lambka are an elite group of knowledgeable and experienced litigators known for their compassion and dedication. We have represented clients in Seattle and throughout the entire state of Washington and for years our birth injury attorneys have been easing the distress of victims’ families and assuring that the responsible parties are held responsible for their negligent actions.
At Wiener & Lambka, our Seattle, Washington-based birth injury attorneys are well-versed in birth injury lawsuits. If you would like our team to examine your case, contact us today.
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A physician can be held accountable for medical malpractice if a patient is treated for a disease he or she doesn’t have and the treatment caused injury, or if the doctor fails to diagnose serious problems such as appendicitis or cancer.
A mistreatment can also have harmful effects on healthy people. If you feel like you’ve been misdiagnosed by a practicing physician, you may have a basis for a lawsuit.
Medical malpractice cases involving infections have rarely been successful because infections have traditionally been looked at as something that can happen even though the hospital followed normal protocols to prevent them from happening. Like most malpractice cases, the doctor argues that the bad result was not caused by any negligence. While this was a fair response in the past, new information and medical standards are evolving to show that many hospital-acquired infections are actually preventable if the hospital takes on a different protocol.
While surgical site infections are still difficult to prevent, infections caused by central-lines have now been shown to be more controllable with appropriate precautions. Central lines are the intravenous tubes used to supply medication and fluids to patients who need them most. These lines, if improperly handled, can cause serious infections that result in greater harm and death.
In 2011, about 650,000 patients developed infections in US hospitals. 75,000 of those patients died. This makes hospital-acquired infections the nation’s eighth leading cause of death. Central-line infections account for roughly 5 percent of these infections.
Since 2004, doctors have created and implemented a checklist that, if used properly, cuts the rate of central-line infections by one half between 2008 and 2014. As a result of knowing that this protocol is a simple and provenly effective means of limiting these infections, it is now possible to argue that central-line infections happening in hospitals that fail to properly utilize the updated protocols should be subject to negligence claims when that failure proximately causes death or injury to a patient in these circumstances.
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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses could face exposure to legal liability for the manner in which they have handled the safety of their customers, employees or patients.
Employees who suffer injury or death from contracting the infection at their place of work might be able to bring a claim based upon the intentional tort exception to suing your own employer for physical injury. While these cases have a heavy burden of proof, there may be circumstances where the employer’s acts or omission are so beyond reasonable, that they can be said to have realistically known that their decisions and policies would result in an employee becoming infected. If an employer failed to properly follow the guidelines set forth through state or federal guidelines for their industry, then they could be liable for failing to properly protect employees.
Similar concerns for businesses can come about with their customers. Here the legal standard is different, and businesses have a higher duty to ensure that their premises are safe for customers. Again, following state and federal guidelines is the best practice for businesses that deal with the public. Each business will encounter a unique set of circumstances relating to how it interacts with customers, what the guidelines allow and instruct it to do, and then what the circumstances are on the ground as information about the virus and its transmission increases.
If a business is a health care provider, either a doctor, hospital, or nursing home, then the analysis changes in terms of what their duties to patients are as compared to a business with a duty to its invitees. Given the weight of the harm that can be caused should a health care provider not utilize best practices for keeping patients safe from Covid-19, these claims must be looked at carefully. One of the bigger complications encountered by Washington Covid-19 injury attorneys is proving the link between a health provider’s acts or omissions and the contraction of the virus in an injured party.
In nursing home cases, surviving family members can bring claims where a loved one died of Covid-19 while in the care of a nursing home. These claims will focus on the home’s plan for prevention of the introduction of Covid-19 into their facility and their actions taken if Covid-19 does get into the nursing home.
Nursing homes and medical professionals have a duty to protect their patients from foreseeable harm. Since it has been fairly well understood that older people with pre-existing conditions are more likely to suffer great harm or death from Covid-19, these facilities should have a robust plan to limit exposure and protect their residents from any spread of the disease.
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