Trusted Bellingham Medical Malpractice Attorneys Ready To Help You
Bellingham and Whatcom County are home to some of the region’s finest medical institutions, such as Peacehealth, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, among others. No place is immune to the dangers of medical malpractice, however. In fact, the American Medical Association itself lists medical malpractice as the nation’s third leading cause of death.
A medical malpractice claim arises when you are injured because your doctor or other health care provider harmed you in some way by failing to meet the professional standard of care in your diagnosis and treatment. Not every negative medical outcome constitutes malpractice, and not every medical mistake amounts to malpractice. The standard of care is determined by medical experts who may testify on your behalf if your case goes to trial. A Bellingham medical malpractice lawyer from Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner will fight for you.
You Don’t Need Any Money to Retain Us
At Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, we win 97 percent of our clients’ accident and injury cases. As such, we’re sure you’ll understand why we maintain a “no win, no pay” policy – we either win your case or you pay us nothing. Your bill will not come due until your compensation actually arrives. Even then, it will be calculated as a percentage of whatever amount you recover. We’re interested in the quality of your claim, not the contents of your wallet.
We Will Take Care of Everything So You Can Concentrate on Recovery
We know you are suffering, and this has got to be one of the worst times in your life for you to have to rise up and fight for your rights. That’s OK, because we will take care of everything for you with the exception of major decisions in your case, such as whether to accept a settlement offer, which are yours alone to make. Among other services, we will:
- Make sure you get the best medical care
- Help you get your medical bills paid
- Negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies or other defendants
- Make sure you are compensated for all of your loses, both tangible and intangible
Our Practice Areas
Our legal team are experienced in handling a wide variety of personal injury cases, including but not limited to:
- Wrongful Death
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Sexual Abuse
- Products Liability
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How will a court calculate “pain and suffering” damages?
Pain and suffering damages are awarded to compensate you for your physical pain and suffering (other types of damages may be available if you suffered emotional trauma as well). Pain and suffering damages often far exceed the amount awarded for medical expenses. When determining the amount, a court will consider:
- Your own testimony
- The testimony of expert witnesses (your doctor, for example)
- Any tangible physical evidence (X-rays, for example)
Is a nursing home abuse claim considered a medical malpractice claim?
Not in most cases. In most cases, the perpetrator of nursing home abuse is an employee of the nursing home and not a doctor or other licensed medical professional. If your injury or illness was caused by nursing home abuse, however, you can still pursue an ordinary personal injury claim.
Is my case likely to be resolved in court?
According to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics, fewer than one in ten medical malpractice claims are resolved through trial. Instead, your claim will likely be resolved through private settlement. The best way to avoid a trial, however, is to prepare well for one – since a defendant is more likely to offer a fair settlement if he fears losing at trial.
How are lost earnings determined?
One of the most common ways is by submitting to a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). An FCE measures the extent of any occupational disability that may have resulted from your condition. This can be important evidence if you are claiming lost future earnings.
Contact Us Today
Medical malpractice is a lot more common than most people realize, if for no other reason than the fact that most people fail to attribute their symptoms to malpractice on the part of their doctor. Medical malpractice cases can get complex – in fact, most cases require the use of expert medical witnesses to establish liability.
If you have a malady that you suspect may have been caused or worsened by medical malpractice, contact Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner today and speak with an experienced Bellingham medical malpractice attorney. Call, or fill out our online contact form, so that we can contact you to schedule a free consultation and evaluate your options. We take cases from South Hill, Sunnyland, Roosevelt, and elsewhere in Bellingham.