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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
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 Medical Malpractice for South Carolina on
Q: My surgeon cut my liver during surgery about 2 weeks ago and I went back and Saw him yesterday will this affect my case?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 10, 2021

A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for five weeks. It could depend on the nature of the follow-up visits - in SOME jurisdictions, it might have relevance in terms of the continuing treatment doctrine, among other possible considerations. A South Carolina... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: Just how successful are attornies as far as prosecuting malpractice cases against veterinarian surgeons?

My dog had cataract surgery whereas the surgeon really screwed up his eyes and made him worse than before the surgery. My dog never recovered from the procedure and untimely passed away shortly after. I had made several complaints against the surgeon to the clinic and the surgeon herself after... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst answered on Jan 10, 2021

I have been practicing law for approximately 20 years and I am not aware of any attorneys who regularly handle veterinarian malpractice cases. In fact, I cannot think of a single example.

In your case, I suppose you could sue the veterinarian for malpractice but you would have to show...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: I had a small bump on my nose on the left side The doctor filed the bone on both the right and left. my nose is worse

I saw an ENt surgeon in October 2020 for septoplasty for breathing. I had a small bump on my left side fromRhinoplasty in 2013. The ent doctor said he can rasp it or file it down to smooth. He did both sides of my nose and my nose now looks worse. I never agreed to the right side. But even my left... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 9, 2021

This could be a difficult case. The legal standard for a medical malpractice case is that there was a breach of a duty of care on the part of a medical provider and that as a result of that breach, you sustained injury/illness/disability or other form of damages. Here, the damages relate to a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Hello there , Is there any path of legal options on a sepsis death of a 64 year old from a heart valve replacement ?
Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Jan 5, 2021

Yes. It begins with expert opinions that the "standard of care" was violated, and that that violation legally "caused" the death.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Missouri on
Q: I took my dog to my vet for concerns, blood tests were taken, they informed me it was hormonal, she passed weeks later

About a month later I had to rush her to the animal hospital for kidney failure, I had to put her to sleep and it’s devastated me and my family . She was only 5, great health and had a good home and we all loved her. This happened about a month ago so I’ve been trying to get over her passing.... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jan 5, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your puppy. You posted on a legal page but didn't ask a specific legal question.

If you are wanting to sue the vet, but I doubt you'll find that to be a very good option unless you paid many thousand of dollars for the puppy, our willing to spend...
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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: After trigger thumb surgery I experienced poor after care from my orthopedic doctor, what can be done?

I had trigger thumb surgery on my left thumb on 10/07/20 and post-op visit on 10/27/20. During post-op my stitches were removed by the nurse and the doctor only told me to "open and close" my hand for recovery. During the post-op appointment everything was rushed and the Dr. only... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 2, 2021

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your post-surgery ordeal. You have the right to seek an evaluation with another medical professional. As a starting point, you could consult with your insurance carrier as to coverage for such a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Michigan on
Q: How do I know if my lawyer has started working on my case
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 28, 2020

You should ask him or her, what the time line looks like, and what next steps you need to take. If your case is a medical malpractice case, you should be prepared for some time to pass. Just because you don't hear about anything happening doesn't mean that your attorney is not working on... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Medical Malpractice for Colorado on
Q: What legal grounds do we have for a case against UC Health making a clerical error that costs us money?

She is a soldier in the Army and emergencies such as these are covered by Tricare which is the health insurance provided for military members. She received a bill in the mail for her hospital visit saying that Tricare did not cover the cost because it was not coded by UC Health correctly as an... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 23, 2020

A Colorado attorney, and possibly a military law attorney familiar with the operation of health benefits for members of the armed forces, could advise best here, but your question remains open for three weeks. The matter might require someone familiar with medical coding to look at the CPT and... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Tennessee on
Q: How long can I wait to file a malpractice suit in Tennessee.

Is it based on the date of injury? Or when the malpractice is actually discovered?

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Dec 21, 2020

The discovery rule applies in Tennessee. However, the date of injury may have put you on notice of a claim. - It will depend on the facts. Also, there is an outer limit statute of repose for medical malpractice- meaning that if it is longer than the statute of repose then it is simply barred-... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Medical Malpractice and Small Claims for California on
Q: Hi I had taking my female mix labrore. retreiver in for xrays and asonicgram soon as I got their they came out with gu

By law Ithe vets cant keep me from being with my pet at they exam yeah well the did and they did not want to give her back and called police on me his my witness he was shocked how they treated me and was very worry about me driving home

Wen he realised they just killed my dog and by law... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 21, 2020

I've never heard of the law that says that you cannot be excluded while the vet is examining your dog. As far as the ashes, if you paid for them, and are otherwise current in your account with the vet, you are entitled to your property. This would be a Small Claims case as the ashes are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for Oregon on
Q: Am I able to get pro bono help for discrimination malpractice negligence and probably soon a wrongful death suit

My son's father's on his deathbed being refused medical treatment medications and insurance even though his income limit is guaranteed to meet criteria

Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer answered on Dec 20, 2020

Your question likely poses many more questions. Being refused treatment, if done intentionally, can be much more than just negligent conduct. Also, there are many laws to protect people being denied insurance coverage. You may want to contact the state's insurance commissioner with regard to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for Louisiana on
Q: During an emergency room visit I was administered a shot that I verbly refused. How do I file a complaint or lawsuit?

During the visit 3 police officers were in the room and observed the negligence of the staff. It aslo was all recoreded on officers body camera.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 20, 2020

What damage did the shot cause?

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for North Carolina on
Q: Where is the defendants eveineds
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 19, 2020

A North Carolina attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If you have an attorney, they would have it if your case reached the discovery stage. Your attorney would have made requests for materials (that will become evidence) from the opposing party(s) and would also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Medical Malpractice for Oregon on
Q: Family member refused insurance medical services and medication, income limit guaranteed to be met. Need help saving him

Dr refusing treatment and medication due to a missed urine test and discriminated against due to assuming drugs have been involved with no criminal background or past experiences this man will die soon without help

Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer answered on Dec 18, 2020

Thank you for the question. I hope that this man will get help soon to prevent a death. It seems like there must be much more to the story raised in the question. Medical doctors swear to an oath to "Primum non nocere" (First, do no harm). First, it has to be established that the doctor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Medical Malpractice on
Q: I had tried to get my husband seen by a Dr. After 2 mths. The Dr. Asked if he was faking! After the diagnosis he passed.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 15, 2020

A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm very sorry for the loss of your husband. Based on these limited facts, it's a little bit difficult to comment meaningfully, whether on the long wait to be seen or the element of what kind of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Florida on
Q: Hello, I was wondering if there was a way to determine if any attorneys have had cases involving a certain individual?

This is regarding a physician whose actions could have quite easily gotten a family member killed due to negligence. We have already filed complaints with the hospital, but I was wondering where to look if I wanted to see potential cases where other individuals were not satisfied with the level of... Read more »

Leland E. Garvin
Leland E. Garvin answered on Dec 15, 2020

Sorry to hear about this. I would suggest doing a search of the clerk of court in the county where the physician practices using their name. Additionally, you could go to the Florida Department of Health website and do a search for adverse incidents. I would share a link but the website won't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Texas on
Q: I was burned with a cutting tool durring an ORIF procedure . Its about the size of a quarter and had a hole in middle.

After awakening from surgery I was told I was burned by accident but not told how to care for it. I called the doctor after the bandage got excessively dirty with drainage. The doctor apologized and told me a piece of equipment slipped. Do I have a case

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 13, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could reach out to local attorneys for an initial consult - most firms in this field offer free initial consults. They would probably request additional information about the burn (location, severity, permanence,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice on
Q: Can take legal action against a Dr who give me blood thinners that didn’t work for me and 3 week later I had a stroke
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 10, 2020

A Nebraska attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. At any rate, an attorney would need more details in terms of your medical history, the medication, its warnings, etc. You could reach out to med mal attorneys to discuss. Most offer free consults. If an attorney... Read more »

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