Resolving malpractice disputes takes considerable time and money. In Washington, malpractice mediation is quickly becoming one of the favored methods of settlement—particularly when physicians and health care workers are concerned about their reputation and wish to maintain it by handling these allegations privately. Since mediation is a confidential process, it is often more appealing than litigation because it keeps the malpractice allegation away from the very public forum of courtrooms.
Malpractice mediation in Washington can be used to resolve a variety of claims, including (but not limited to):
- Delayed diagnosis
- Childbirth injuries (including negligent pre-natal care and negligence during childbirth)
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgery errors
An injury related to the claimed negligence of a medical professional often comes with considerable cost. Disability, lost wages, mental anguish, and effects on the family’s day-to-day routine are added to sometimes large hospital bills that can leave a family financially and emotionally destroyed.
Malpractice mediation in Washington offers individuals and families who have been the victim of medical malpractice a way to recover without the added emotional and financial toil of litigation and lengthy court battles.
Mediation also provides a forum in which to reach a settlement quicker. In litigated medical malpractice cases, claims can take months—even years—to settle. This means multiple court appearances, waiting for open spots on a court docket, and multiple hours’ worth of attorney fees.