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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Can I hold a hospital responsible.

I went to the emergency room, by way of ambulance I could not walk, with two swollen feet and on my right foot my big had lost the toenail and had a black stripe running down the pad of it. They diagnosed me with possible frostbite gangrene and just called the other foot swollen. They gave me a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 6, 2022

I'm sorry for your injuries and the anxiety they've caused you. A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. In terms of your position about measures by the hospital that could have averted the situation, a medical opinion would be needed there. One... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: How to sue this doctor

My father was treated with chemotherapy and immunotherapy in each infusion that he had, they took a blood test for more than almost a year, but in this last month, he felt terrible, weak, confused. We thought that it was a product of the treatments he had. So we asked the doctor, and he did not say... Read more »

Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
answered on Jan 13, 2022

I am extremely sorry for your family's loss. Unfortunately, it is impossible to even preliminarily evaluate a potential case of medical negligence without reviewing the medical records themselves. Given your concerns, I would strongly encourage your family to request your father's... Read more »

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Q: I was misdiagnosed and a wrong surgery was performed on me. What is the best approach? Who do I get in touch with?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 23, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could get in touch with medical malpractice attorneys. Most law firms that handle such cases offer free initial consults. If a firm felt there was a basis for a case, they could request your surgical records... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I have osteomyelitis and went for months with it undiagnosed after surgery and have been sick for nearly 8 months becaus

I have a picc line in because of undiagnosed osteomyelitis. I had surgery and no biopsy was done at the time. It wasn't until I wouldn't heal that they did a biopsy. After 8 months I still have a whole in my foot because of this.

Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
answered on Nov 18, 2021

Dear Inquirer:

The determination of whether there is a viable claim for medical negligence to pursue is extremely fact-specific and should only be made with the assistance of an attorney experienced in these types of cases. Osteomyelitis can and does occur absent negligence, but there is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: My boyfriend was recently diagnosed w/covid-19 & needed medical attention. Can the ER deny treatment cuz they didnt have

I believe we were kicked out of the emergency room because I was defending his right to wait inside instead of outside on the cold bench

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 2, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Something may have gotten cut off in your post and it isn't fully clear what happened. If there was some kind of incident that led to you being ejected from the ER or the waiting room, you could reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I went to next day exam at plastic surgeon afte tummy tuck and while on exam chain it collapsed 3 times.

After the first collapse I was screaming for my husband to grab my legs to support them because I have stitches from hip to hip and a already bad back, it was excruciating pain and not only did the chair collapse once it happened to more times. Do I have a lawsuit?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 25, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your ordeal. But ANY attorney, regardless of the state in which they practice, couldn't really offer meaningful input on your question. It calls for a medical opinion. One option is for you to... Read more »

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Q: who is the best Medical malpractice lawyer in Seattle
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 12, 2021

There are many excellent med mal attorneys in Seattle and in the rest of Washington State. You could probably find peer reviews online. You could also look through attorneys listed on this site by region (the Find-a-Lawyer tab above), you could run your own independent searches, and you could look... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Hospital didn’t take percationary measures to prevent DVTs while completely immobile for 3 weeks unde there care.

I was hospitalized for about a month completely confined to my bed unable to move from my bed to even go to the bathroom From a serious life threatening infection in the joint in my hip... already known to have and at very high risk for blood clots, they did not take any precautionary measures to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 3, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your ordeal. Unfortunately, it is difficult for an attorney to offer meaningful input here - your situation calls for a medical opinion. As a starting point, you could reach out to med mal... Read more »

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Q: Got a broken jaw, 22 months ago. Surgery was done poorly and now jaw is painful and does not work well. Could I sue?

I should have been transferred to different hospital, in Seattle. Waited a week for the surgery. Was later told surgery was done by an ear, nose, throat doc.

I saw an oral surgeon, who told me jaw was misaligned, and they could only fix it by breaking my jaw again.

Surgery was done... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 26, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks - but regardless, any attorney would need to review your file in greater detail, very likely with the guidance of a medical professional to make a meaningful assessment. Already having waited this long for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Breast reduction potential malpractice inquiry

2 years ago I had a bilateral breast reduction done by a board certified surgeon. My breasts were supposed to be a size D afterwards but are now a large A or small B. Dog ears on both breasts (which I've read can be avoided with proper measurements) & horribly looking scars.

Aside... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 29, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. It would be difficult for an attorney to answer your question as to "whether you remotely have a chance." Although your description offers details that would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: My best friend had surgery to remove a kidney stone and the doctor ended up puncturing and almost collapsing her lung

Her description of this experience:

I went in for surgery to remove a kidney stone for the first surgery they put a pipe in the back of my hand surgery went okay for the first part for the second part they were to put a bigger pipe in my back to cut open my kidney to get under the tiny... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 30, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. Your friend could contact a med mal attorney to discuss the matter. Most attorneys in this field generally offer free initial consults and work on a contingency basis. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: After winning a lawsuit is it normal procedure for the settlement payout to take up to two years before paid

I won a lawsuit and have already filled out noterized and sent back all paperwork to recieve my payment. However after waiting for about 3 months with no check sent to me. I called my lawyer asking where is my payment. I was told I wouldn't be receiving my payment until probably next year in... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 3, 2020

Since you have a Washington attorney already representing you on this matter, they can best advise as to the reason for the 2021 timetable. But your post remains open for three weeks. A GENERAL factor that could cause delays in payment of med mal awards is liens. That means there could be parties... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I had a slip and fall accident, had surgery, had stitches removed...2 weeks later, found stitches STILL in leg.

Can I file suit on something like that? They didn't prescribe any kind of antibiotics...they failed to set me up with a physical therapist...foot on injured leg is turning blue and numb when not elevated...

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 19, 2020

At this point, it sounds like your medical issues could be more pressing that a legal analysis of what happened. Your post remains open for three weeks, but if you consulted with a Washington med mal attorney, it seems likely that they would set priorities on your obtaining whatever type of medical... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I need an expert opinion. Do I have a good claim against the Purdue pharmaceutical bankruptcy.

Washington State, Snohomish County. Prescribed oxycodones for pain in my feet from 1997 till 1999. Became addicted to opiates been in and out of treatment, have multiple felony drug cases which I've done prison time for. Also had a child born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 13, 2020

You need to do a a malpractice attorney who will review it and then have an expert review it and the expert will tell you whether it is viable or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Family member was told to sign paperwork that a surgey went fine while under pain medication when it didnt.

My wife's cousin recently had his appendix taken out. During the surgery they did severe damage to his bladder. While in recovery and under the influence of pain medication a nurse heavy handedly (or forced) him to sign paperwork that essentially said everything went fine to his knowledge and... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 12, 2019

That isn't the way it works (in terms of footing a $20,000 to $100,000 price tag to "get in the door"). If a Washington med mal attorney determines that the grounds for a valid case exist, it is likely that the firm would move forward with the case on a contingency basis, which means... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: How do I track down the attorney that settled my suit out of court?

I'm trying to apply for SSDI and the judge needs some proof of the dental malpractice to prove mercury and other toxic compounds that seeped into my system causing neurological issues today. The case information dissapeared when bank foreclosed on my home instead of the home next door in 2011... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 22, 2019

As a starting point, one option could be to contact Washington Courts (https://www.courts.wa.gov/) and ask them about any case information they might maintain. There are a number of legal tools for searching state and federal databases (some of these charge fees for their use); these might be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Q: What kind of lawyer would I need for 3rd party liability? Diagnoses: Leukemia after working with Benzene for 21 years.

Workers comp approved my claim, said I may have a third party lawsuit as it was proven there is a Benzene/Acute Leukemia connection and Benzene contributed on a more probable than not basis.

Due to my treatment I also suffered severe internal intestinal bleeding which lead to a perforated... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 27, 2018

A consultation with an injury lawyer who has experience with toxic tort cases could be a good place to start. These are cases involving exposure to hazardous substances.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: What does it mean to "practice medicine w/o license"? Can I take a pulse? Blood pressure? Bandage? Pass (stroke) test

Want to know what someone can do as a first responder (first aid) can do as opposed to an EMT or Paramedic. For example, someone arrives at a scene of an accident. What can they do before the ambulance arrives?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jun 9, 2017

Why not volunteer with a fire department and see? Basically, a person coming on the scene should notify authorities and then act within their capabilities. Do you have 1st Aid & Advanced first Aid certification from the Red Cross? Then don't assume having seen you tube videos you can do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Legal nurse consultant wants to attend med mal hearings in Western Washington. How do I find calendar of cases?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Apr 21, 2017

You would have to go to the court's trial list, look for cases against doctors or hospitals. Or you can contact attorneys that handle such cases and find out if they have any going to trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Hi. I caught my pediatric oral surgeon having an affair with my wife (Seattle, WA). I have damages. Can I sue?

Relationship lasted 7 months. I have lots of email that document relationship including dentist stating inappropriateness of the relationship. Some conduct occurred in the clinic. A lot of it was overnight via email and mostly an emotional affair. I think he is a predator in my community and I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Apr 21, 2017

Contact a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Assn--there used to be a case for alienation of affections, for such cases. You won't get everything but worth looking at.

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