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2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Please let me know if I have a case based on the proof of my pre-existing conditions.

Prescription of __ Bowel Prep Despite Contraindications

On March 31, 2023, I was prescribed a __ bowel prep liquid despite my pre-existing conditions, including suspected ileus and gastrointestinal issues. These conditions should have contraindicated its use. This decision raises serious... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jun 10, 2024

You have a potential case.

Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

Due to the nature of medical malpractice cases, the extent of the injuries as well as...
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Q: Are there any pro bono lawyers that take on medical neglect cases?

I was ignored for almost 2 weeks concerning complications with my pregnancy leading to unnecessary pain, surgery, and almost loss of life due to undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 8, 2024

You don't need a pro bono attorney. If a law firm expresses interest in representing you, most of them work on a contingency basis. That means that their fee is based on a percentage of your recovery, and that you don't owe anything in the event of an unfavorable outcome. This is a... View More

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Q: I am respectfully being declined by lawyers for malpractice law suit. What am I doing wrong? Please and thank you.

I had gallbladder surgery removal because I had stones. The doctor missed one and I ended up with sepsis and a second surgery for the removal of second stone. My heath has never been the same. Can someone please help me.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 19, 2024

As I am sure you have been told, a bad outcome in a surgery does not necessarily mean that your surgeon committed malpractice.

Take your medical records to another surgeon in or near the county where you first surgery occurred and pay him/her to thoroughly review those records to determine...
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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I am respectfully being declined by lawyers for malpractice law suit. What am I doing wrong? Please and thank you.

I had gallbladder surgery removal because I had stones. The doctor missed one and I ended up with sepsis and a second surgery for the removal of second stone. My heath has never been the same. Can someone please help me.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 19, 2024

Medical malpractice cases can be difficult. Between the laws that protect doctors and hospitals and their insurance companies, and the nature of medical malpractice cases, not all valid cases can go forward. I suggest you continue to contact medical malpractice attorneys in the state where this... View More

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Q: I had a lawyer for my malpractice law suit but made the mistake of giving a bad review and I was dropped. What now?

2 years gone. Never was working on my case. Never informed on what was going on by lawyer. I just wanted to know that I was still her client. So, I thought she was just leading me on and not doing anything. I did apologize but was to late. I removed the post anywhere I saw it. Did not help.... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 17, 2024

At this point, you must continue to directly contact malpractice attorneys in the state where the malpractice occurred to see if someone will take on the case.

For other people who read this response online, note, once you complain about an attorney online or if you file a bar complaint,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: What If I work for a medical facility and find that other employees are committing malpractice and doing illegal things?

If the company that hires me are negligent in their training programs and do not train staff properly, and I notice other employees committing crimes and doing things against policy and procedures, is there legal action I can take against them?

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Feb 28, 2023

You can file a complaint with the appropriate regulatory agency or notify your employer of the activities that you believe in good faith to be illegal. If you do so, your employer is legally prohibited from retaliating against you for whistleblowing.

At the same, you would be wise to seek...
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Q: What If I work for a medical facility and find that other employees are committing malpractice and doing illegal things?

If the company that hires me are negligent in their training programs and do not train staff properly, and I notice other employees committing crimes and doing things against policy and procedures, is there legal action I can take against them?

Christopher Kirk Steuart
Christopher Kirk Steuart
answered on Feb 28, 2023

Based on the limited set of facts provided in your question it is difficult to determine how serious or dangerous the situation you are describing is. This is an issue of what are your responsibility to the organization, patients, and the broader community. With knowing more, I would say the first... View More

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Q: I went to have my gallbladder removed and during the procedure my liver was torn and then cauterized. anything I can do?
Christopher Kirk Steuart
Christopher Kirk Steuart
answered on Feb 27, 2023

You clearly suffered an injury. The elements of medical malpractice include violation of the standard of care. If the doctor in performing the procedure failed to perform at the recognized standard of care you may have a case. That said if you suffered a loss is a critical component of the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: personal injury WA state

so, there's a personal injury case, which just has been dismissed without prejudice and the statute timing is running out in WA state, here are the questions:

Can I as a lawyer file a new same personal injury case in same court and "start over" as long as I'm within time... View More

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 29, 2023

If it's dismissed withOUT prejudice, you can re-file at any point before the SOL runs.

The answer to the fees and costs question is between you, the new law firm, and the client. You're generally entitled to be reimbursed for costs, but asserting a lien for your fee in a case...
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Q: How can I sue fit defamation of character involving a doctor

It has cause a misdiagnosis and possible damage

Or medical malpractice

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 26, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Unless there's more to the matter, it would be a matter of medical malpractice, not defamation of character. Defamation means spoken or written words that cause harm to your dignitary interests (reputation).... View More

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Q: Can I sue a doctor for tourniquet damage?

I had surgery on my foot and the tourniquet damaged nerves in my leg. I now have foot drop, nerve pain and numbness from the knee down and have to use a brace and cane to walk.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jun 11, 2024

Yes it may be a case. Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

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Q: I am having problems finding a malpractice lawyer. What do I need to do? Thank you, Trudy

I had surgery for gallbladder removal. I ended up with sepsis because a gallstone was missed. That was in 2022. I have tremors now. Anything you can give me will be helpful.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Mar 6, 2024

Malpractice cases are difficult. Between the complexities of the science and costs of bringing the cases, and other factors, not all cases are viable. Continue to Consult with experienced malpractice attorneys in the state where this occurred.

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Q: My fiance is currently incarcerated. Pandemic hit and he was given the wrong shot I need help

My fiance is currently incarcerated. While he was incarcerated the pandemic hit. On Feb. 10th 2022, he was supposed to recieve the Moderna vaccination, but they gave him the wrong shot. They ended up giving him the medication named Regen Cov. He has been trying to find help with this and that is... View More

Christopher Kirk Steuart
Christopher Kirk Steuart
answered on Feb 21, 2024

A claim for Medical Malpractice includes: breach of the standard of care, injury, and damages. There may be no remedy for this malpractice if there was no injury (you have not stated an injury or damages). If there are damages, unless they are significant or long term, it may not be practical for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: What type of attorney to reach out to or resources in WA State to pursue dental malpractice claim (unsure if accurate).

Paid $18,000 of $22,000 bill for dental implants on top/bottom of mouth in 2022. The procedure was not completed; the top fell out within 6 mos., swallowed 2 of the top 3 implants. Went to dentist and they wanted another $16000 to complete as they needed to go into cheekbone to secure implants.... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Feb 10, 2024

Consult with experienced malpractice attorneys in the state where this occurred.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I was having a Angioplasty done. The surgeon ruptured my artery. He had to put in 3 stents instead of 1.

Instead of putting in 1 stent he ruptured my artery and had to put in 3 to make up for his error.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Feb 2, 2024

It might be malpractice. Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Can you help find a contingency lawyer who specifically can help me with a plaintiff based therapy malpractice lawsuit?

I've had trouble finding lawyers with this focus but I have plenty of documentation, the support of their supervisor and definitive HIPAA violations. I can't afford to pay up front. But I need to know where to take this case.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Feb 2, 2024

The only ways to do this is with an internet search or calling lawyers; if they do not handle, ask for a referral. Many such cases are not viable due to the nature of litigating medical malpractice cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: What does this mean?

2014 Alaska Statutes

Title 09 - CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

Chapter 09.55 - SPECIAL ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS

Article 06 - MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS

Sec. 09.55.544 Evidence

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 13, 2023

An Alaska attorney should answer your question, but your post remains open for a week. Your question is posted under Washington. You could try reposting under "Alaska." You're asking about an Alaska statute. Although questions can remain unanswered on this forum sometimes, you'd... View More

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Q: Can I sue Allenmore Hospital Emergency Department for lying to me about my injuries?

May 26th I fell off a roof 9 feet, my head and the whole right side body all hit the ground, I had to drive myself the ER, during intake I had difficulty trying to convince them that I fell off a roof, they didn't believe me, after the 4th time of questioning and I wasn't changing my... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jun 22, 2023

If you had additional damages because of their failure to diagnose and treat, you may have a case. Otherwise, any case would not likely be viable. Based on what you indicated, there would probably not be a case worth taking. But it is recommended you consult with experienced medical malpractice... View More

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Q: Chiropractor sends bogus bill with outrageous fees and then shows up at my house multiple times after hours knocking.

So I was hit in a car accident with my 5 year old in the car. We went to a chiropractor and he took some x-rays and told us we should come 3 times a week for 3 months. I did not like the feeling of getting adjusted and neither did my daughter. So I went 3 times total, but only got adjusted the one... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jun 14, 2023

The question may be, not did the chiropractor charge too much, but did you settle for too little.

The bills could be reviewed by another chiropractor or experienced attorney to give you and opinion.

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Q: I was misdiagnosed with a bug bite from the emergency room I went too. three days diagnosed with shingles.

I was misdiagnosed and later diagnosed with shingles and I'm loosing my eyesight.

Can I take the doctor's employer to court for misdiagnosing me.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jun 3, 2023

Possibly. Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

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