Representing Victims Of Medical Malpractice
Our law firm holds doctors and nurses accountable
We all depend on medical providers to take care of our health. Most of the time, that trust is well-placed. However, in too many cases, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to provide the level of care we expect, and serious injuries follow. When that happens, the injured patient needs answers – and fair compensation for his or her losses.
At NLE Law, we are committed to representing victims of medical malpractice, especially patients who have sustained injuries to the brain or spine as a result of a healthcare provider’s negligence. Our team of personal injury lawyers includes a registered nurse whose medical background is an invaluable asset when handling complex medical negligence cases. With longstanding connections in the medical community and extensive experience representing victims of long-term, disabling injuries, we know how to help injured patients get the compensation and services they need to rebuild their lives.
Failure to diagnose conditions can lead to significant injuries
Many of the malpractice cases we’ve resolved involved diagnostic errors. In order to hold a medical provider accountable for a failure to diagnose a significant medical condition, it’s not sufficient to simply point out that the condition was not diagnosed. Diagnosis is not an exact science, and no doctor can reasonably be expected to perfectly diagnose every condition. Rather, an attorney must prove that the doctor failed to follow established standards of care in diagnosing the condition.
Epidural abscesses: a serious and often misdiagnosed condition
For example, an epidural abscess – that is, an inflammation involving a collection of pus between the outer membrane of the brain or spinal cord and the bones of the skull or spine – can have massive consequences if not caught and treated early. An untreated epidural abscess can cause permanent damage to the spine, leading to life-altering consequences such as paralysis. An untreated epidural abscess can even prove fatal.
A spinal epidural abscess begins when bacteria migrates to the spinal column and begins to grow. As the bacteria grows, the spinal column begins to compress and blood flow is cut off; when blood flow is completely cut off, paralysis occurs. Doctors are taught to recognize the “classic triad” of epidural abscess symptoms: fever, pain in the back or neck, and a decline in the patient’s neurological state. If symptoms indicate an epidural abscess, an MRI needs to be ordered immediately to confirm the diagnosis; with early intervention, the patient can avoid long-term consequences such as paralysis.
Unfortunately, there are many factors that can cause an epidural abscess to go undiagnosed. The initial presentation can be written off as a less life-threatening conditions. A doctor who is not appropriately vigilant may fail to order a diagnostic test such as an MRI despite the patient presenting symptoms consistent with an epidural abscess. Sometimes, this happens even if the patient also has significant risk factors, such as diabetes, implanted surgical hardware in the spine or even skin abrasions. Sadly, sometimes doctors can misinterpret test results or fail to communicate with other providers, causing an abscess to go untreated.
Holding negligent providers accountable for these types of complex medical errors requires a strong case. NLE Law partner Fred Langer, a registered nurse as well as an attorney, has the medical background to understand the standards of care for medical professionals as well as the subtleties, signs and symptoms of spinal epidural abscess. He has a proven record of success dealing with epidural abscess cases and other complex medical cases. Getting Fred and his team on your side can help you or a loved one move forward.
Patients need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to handle these complex cases
Building a strong case against a negligent medical provider requires diligence, medical knowledge and close attention to detail. Proving that a doctor failed to follow standards of care is difficult, especially given that medical professionals usually cover for their own. That’s one way a skilled Seattle medical malpractice lawyer can make a meaningful difference.
Moreover, an experienced injury lawyer can advocate for the full extent of damages the injured patient needs. Injuries to the brain or spinal cord, for example, tend to require long-term care and services which may cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Beyond those medical expenses, compensation is also needed for the patient’s lost future income, lost quality of life and other significant losses. Top malpractice attorneys know how to thoroughly investigate those losses, present a strong case for the full compensation the client needs in negotiations or before a jury, and coordinate benefits and utilize alternate settlement vehicles when needed to maximize the injured person’s recovery.
If you or a loved one has sustained a significant injury due to a medical provider’s negligence, we strongly encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. The statutes of limitations and deadlines for medical malpractice cases are short, and we need to get to work to help you rebuild your life. There’s no cost and no obligation – we just want you to understand your legal rights and options. Call (206) 623-7520 to schedule your free consultation.