The term “medical malpractice” describes harm to patients that results when a healthcare provider performs at a substandard level. When a doctor, surgeon, nurse, psychiatrist, dentist, radiologist, chiropractor, podiatrist, or hospital commits a negligent act that injures a patient, that provider is liable for the consequences to that patient. An action for malpractice seeks to force a negligent provider to pay compensatory damages to cover the injured person’s medical bills, lost income, physical pain and emotional suffering. Since 1959, Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler has fought for injured patients in a variety of medical malpractice claims, including:
Injured patients in Washington have a limited amount of time to bring medical malpractice claims after injuries occur. Depending on the facts of your case, that period could be either one or three years. Short time limits apply for lawsuits involving Madigan Army Medical Center or any other government facility or healthcare provider. These statutory limits also apply to children. If you suspect you have been injured due to a misdiagnosis, surgical error or other form of medical negligence, you should contact a Tacoma medical malpractice lawyer right away to allow ample time to secure your treatment records, identify important witnesses and allow for a proper investigation.
Washington law requires that medical malpractice claims undergo pretrial dispute resolution, which can be particularly intimidating to an injury victim making a claim. Insurance companies usually provide defendant medical personnel with aggressive defense counsel to protect their interests and minimize payouts to victims. Only an experienced medical malpractice attorney who is well versed in the law and has ready access to medical experts can effectively evaluate and advocate your case. Our firm has the resources and experience to help you through this difficult time.
If you believe you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, call the personal injury lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, now at 253-383-5388 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free. We advance all costs of litigation and we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.
"Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "
"Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "
"Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "
"Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "
"Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "
"Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "
"Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "
"Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "
"Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "
"I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."
"John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."
"Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "
"Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "
"I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "
"Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "
"The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "
"Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "
"Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "
"We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "