Pregnancy and birth happen every day all around the world. While most pregnancies and deliveries go smoothly and result in the birth of health babies and mothers; tragic birth injuries do happen. Data from the birthinjuryguide.org shows that of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, six to eight will suffer a birth injury that occurred during gestation or the delivery process. The sad reality is that the United States is the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth (except for California). The maternal mortality rate has more than doubled in the U.S. over the last 30 years, despite medical advances in other fields and decreasing maternal mortality rates in other developed countries. In 2015, the U.S. maternal birth injury rate was 26.4 per 100,000 births. In 2006 alone, 157,700 mothers and infants were injured during birth and experts estimate that about 50 percent of these birth injuries could have been avoided with better obstetrical care.Read More
Medical malpractice occurs when injury or death occurs as a result of a preventable error made by a medical professional. There are many circumstances in which malpractice can occur, such as surgery, routine office procedures, and mistreatment for known allergies. In order for malpractice to be proven, a medical malpractice attorney must prove that the care delivered did not conform to accepted standards and procedures, and that such care resulted in injury or death of the patient.
Statistics surrounding preventable medical errors in the U.S. are staggering. If you know of someone who is believed to be a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, it is important to speak to an attorney that specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury cases. In Washington, victims or their survivors may seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages in a malpractice case. Economic damages are for lost wages or earning capacity, as well as your medical costs. Non-economic damages are for pain and suffering due to your injuries. Washington does not limit the amount of damages you may seek, but there is a statute of limitations regarding the time in which you may pursue a case.
The time to research, prepare and argue a medical malpractice case is very time consuming. It requires resources such as experts to testify, medical evaluation of the case, financial review for loss of future earnings, among many other issues. The medical malpractice attorneys at Tario & Associates have over 30 years of experience helping victims and their families recover damages. While no amount of money will restore or bring back someone who is injured or has died, financial recourse can assist greatly with the costs associated with such an event.Read More