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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 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 that the firm... Read more »

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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 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 »

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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 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

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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 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 anything... Read more »

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Q: Legal nurse consultant wants to attend med mal hearings in Western Washington. How do I find calendar of cases?

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.

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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 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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Q: I got a hemorrhoidectomy on march 4th 2016, I now have boils covering my buttocks, can i sue for damages?

Went through excrutiating pain the first 4 days after the surgery, pain i will never forget and would never wish upon anyone else. For the two weeks immediately following the surgery everything seemed to be going fine and then suddenly boils started appearing all over my buttocks and even in... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 25, 2016

Only if it can be shown that the boils were somehow caused by something the doctor did. As boils are a hair follicle infection I don't see how that would be. Get the medical treament you need, do not ask questions making it sound like you are accusing the doctor, see what people say. Contact a... Read more »

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Q: What are my rights if a doctor falsified my records to perform an inappropriate surgery?

My doctor performed a lumbar laminectomy decompression surgery on me for lower back pain. He falsified my medical records to say that I had radiating pain down my buttock and legs; he said that was my primary complaint. I had no pain anywhere except my lower back. I can prove that using the records... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2016

Contact a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice-they give free consultations. Many don't expect the client to pay for expert fees up front.

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Q: Do I Have a Medical Malpractice and Negligence Case.I Feel my Psychiatrist Should be Held Accountable For My Injuries.

I was Prescribed a Anti- Depression Medication - Duloxtine 60mg by My Psychiatrist That I Had A Severe Allergic Interaction with.My Psychiatrist was Very Aware of and Had a List of all thee Medication's that I took on a Daily Basis including my High Blood Pressure Medication - Lisiniprol 20mg.I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2016

I think this is a duplicate post. Contact a member of the state of Washington Assn for Justice who handles malpractice issues-they give free consultations.

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Q: Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case Here? I Had a Severe Allergic Interaction to A Med Prescribed by my Psychiatrist

He was Aware of and had a List of all my Prescription Medication's including my High Blood Pressure Medication- Lisiniprol 20mg

Thee Medication - Duloxtine 60 mg is what my Psychiatrist Prescribed that I had thee Severe Allergic Interaction with.Any Patient Under they Care of a Psychiatrist... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 18, 2016

Contact a member of the state of washington Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consultations.Much will depend on what he was told about the two other reactions. If told nothing he can't be charged with knowledge (or if the information he was given carried a different diagnosis). But get the free... Read more »

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Q: If Medication Prescribed causes Severe Allergic Reaction & Suffers a Brain Injury from a Fall, Is that Med Malpractice

I was Prescribed A Medication by My Psychiatrist that I Had a Severe Allergic Interaction to Where I Blacked out and Fell Down my Daughters Basement Steps and was Rushed to thee Hospital with Acute Subdural Hematoma and also Had too Additionally have 7 Staples put into my Head I Was Transferred to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 5, 2016

I would contact a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice that handles medical malpractice and drug manufacturer liability. They give free consultation. Get a print out from your drug store of your medications taken for the 4 months before the incident. Yes, you know them, but get the... Read more »

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Q: My Dr falsified my medical records in order to perform an inappropriate surgery.

My Doctor performed a lumbar laminectomy decompression surgery on me for lower back pain. He falsified my medical records to say that I had radiating pain down my buttock and legs, he said that was my primary complaint. I had no pain anywhere except me lower back, I can prove that using the records... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 5, 2016

All I can suggest is to check with some other attorneys who are members of the state of Washington Assn for Justice who handle medical malpractice cases.They give free consultations. Depending on what your MRI's show, op notes show, pathology report shows, if your disc was shot it wouldn't be... Read more »

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Q: Compensation for CT scan mistake?

My doctor ordered a CT scan with contrast. The tech at the hospital failed to use contrast. I was therefore dosed with harmful radiation for no reason. What are my chances of being compensated somehow for this? Thank you.

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 10, 2015

Minimal. It doesn't look like you will be able to show any real money damages, unless and until you develop a radiation-related illness. Even then, it will probably be impossible to prove the illness resulted from this particular procedure.

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Q: My daughter was given a combination of medications, Prozac 20 mg & Diazepam 10 mg, in January of this year. First time

seeing her primary doctor for possible anxiety/depression. My daughter lost the ability to walk, talk, at one point had complete memory loss, including her age, birthdate, where she lives, there are many things she still has problems with, her memory, she is unable to do math even the simplest of... Read more »

Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 27, 2015

Look for a medical malpractice lawyer. I don't practice in WA and don't know the deadlines there. The sooner you contact WA lawyers, the better.

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Q: Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

I had a mesh transvaginal sling put in in 2009 and am having complications I have a lawyer representing me against the manufacturer of the sling and am not sure if I should be hiring a lawyer to sue the doctor who did the surgery. This doctor was from a military hospital. I am a beneficiary of a... Read more »

Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 25, 2015

You have a lawyer. You should ask them. They know more about your case than anyone here.

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