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Our Firm featured on KING5 news regarding compromised medical records at Carol Milgard Breast Center

Our firm was featured last Friday on KING 5 news regarding a recent case concerning failure to properly diagnose breast cancer.  The KING 5 story is linked here.

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New Case Law in Roadway Design Cases, Lowman v. Wilbur

We have litigated a number of cases where some or all of the claims in the case involve issues of negligence of a city or county for roadway design. Recently, the Washington Supreme Court issued an opinion expanding this area of the law, and in the opinion (called Lowman v. Wilbur), the change is a positive development for plaintiffs in this area of law. Lowman builds on the existing Washington case of Keller v. City

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$15.2 million judgment in King County medical malpractice case

In July, Judge Erlick of the King County Superior Court awarded the family of MacKenzie Briant a $15.2 million judgment against defendants Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. The judgment resulted from a medical malpractice case where a simple miscommunication between two doctors resulted in a 4-year-old girl going into cardiac arrest and suffering permanent brain damage. The plaintiff was a young girl from Snoqualmie who had survived a heart transplant when she

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Interplay Between Informed Consent and Failure to Diagnose Case Theories

In December of 2012, the Washington Court of Appeals issued a case containing further guidance with regard to how lack of informed consent cases interplay with medical negligence cases involving a failure to diagnose.  The case was Gomez v. Sauerwein (289 P.3d 755). Medical negligence can take many forms, one of which is failure to diagnose.  The basis of such a theory is that medical providers have many sets of standards that must be followed

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Follow up on Levin v. United States

We now have the answer to the question regarding the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Gonzalez Act that was argued to the United States Supreme Court in Levin v. United States.  We wrote about this a few weeks ago. The starting point is that the United States has immunity from lawsuits filed against it.  If the U.S. wants to waive that immunity, it may do so.  The FTCA is one such example where the

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Stedman v. Cooper Re-examines Tencer Testimony

Another case was decided in the Washington Court of Appeals late last year regarding the testimony of Dr. Allan Tencer.  The disputes between plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases over Dr. Tencer’s testimony are no stranger to trial courts and appellate courts in the state of Washington. The general dispute goes like this: First, there is a plaintiff who has been injured in some way.  It is usually an automobile accident, but presumably it

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