Negligence Committed by aProfessional
Even Professionals Can be Negligent
Unfortunately, negligence can even occur in a professional context. Injuries from medical negligence can last a lifetime. A lawyer’s negligence could prevent your claim from being presented. I have experience with both of these types of cases and can help you recover all the damages you’re entitled to. If you’ve been harmed by the negligence of a professional contact me for a free consultation.
Table of Contents: for your convenience, below are quick links that will take you to the corresponding sections lower on this page.
- Types of Malpractice I Can Help You With
- Careful What you Say
- Negligence vs Malpractice
- Elements of Malpractice
- Malpractice Examples
- Malpractice Waiver
- How Do You Know if You Have a Malpractice Lawsuit
- When To Sue for Malpractice
- How To Prove Malpractice
- Statute of Limitations for Malpractice
- Malpractice Case Settlements
- Malpractice FAQs
- What to Expect
How To Prove Malpractice
In most cases, expert testimony is necessary to establish that the professional failed to follow the applicable standard of care which resulted in damages. Cases will involve the testimony of fact witnesses ( non-expert witnesses), and expert witnesses who are qualified by education, experience, and background. If the jury believes that the plaintiff proved their case on a more likely than not that basis, the plaintiff prevails.
Statute of Limitations for Malpractice
In Washington, the statute of limitations for a personal injury case is three years for most situations (RCW 4.16.080(2)). The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is also three years for most situations (RCW 4.16.350). It’s best to pursue the case as soon as possible. There are always exceptions and special circumstances that may apply.
For claims against the Federal Government, The Federal Tort Claims Act requires a notice of claim to be submitted no later than 2 years after the incident, and then a lawsuit must be filed within 6 months of the claim denial. If you decide to pursue a claim you should do so as soon as possible.