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Washington Personal Injury Lawyer Attorney Marc L. Silverman combines integrity, experience and skill to achieve proven results for serious injury victims in Bellevue, Washington, and across King County.
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Practice Areas and Legal Definitions

Legal Malpractice:
Legal malpractice is the failure of a lawyer to provide legal services within the excepted standards of practice of his or her profession in the community where the service is rendered. If a lawyer was careless, lacked proper skills or disregarded standardized rules resulting in loss of a client’s case or business transaction, a jury may find the lawyer liable for negligence.

Medical Malpractice:
Medical malpractice is the failure of a health care provider to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession in the community where the service is rendered. If a physician was careless, lacked proper skills or disregarded standardized rules resulting in injury to a patient, a jury may find the health care provider liable for negligence. Hospitals can also be held liable for the negligence of their employees, including staff nurses and technicians.

Examples of Medical Malpractice include:

  • Failing to diagnose a tumor while reading an X-ray
  • Puncturing a nearby organ or tissue during surgery
  • Failing to order necessary and appropriate medical tests
  • Failing to diagnose a condition in time to treat it properly
  • Failing to refer a case to a medical specialist
  • Prescribing incorrect medication
  • Brain Injury
  • Birth Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Incorrect diagnosis that results in a failure to treat a medical condition
  • Failing to properly administer anesthesia
  • Emergency room negligence
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice

Birth Injury:
Birth injury malpractice is the failure of an obstetrician to properly perform his or her duties; i.e. failure to administer blood tests to detect abnormalities that can result in death or serious injury to both the mother and fetus.  If you have been injured because of improper medical care you may have a claim against the obstetrician/gynecologist who treated you. However, statutes of limitations bar the filing of claims after a certain period of time following the negligent act.

Cerebral Palsy:
Cerebral palsy is permanent brain injuries that affect an infant in the womb, during birth, or in the months following birth and is one of the most common birth injuries in the United States. Cerebral palsy patients are subject to limited motor skills, speech difficulties and learning disabilities.  When cerebral palsy occurs as the result of medical malpractice, the responsible party inflicting said injuries can be held legally responsible.  Examples of medical malpractice during delivery include leaving the baby in the birth canal too long resulting in oxygen deprivation, and/or failing to perform or delaying a necessary C-section.

Anesthesia Negligence:
Medical malpractice injuries can occur when anesthesia is improperly given or not given in a timely manner to a patient during a surgical procedure. If the failure of the anesthesiologist is the cause of injury or death to a patient, damages may be recoverable under the laws of medical malpractice.

Spinal Cord Injury:
Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the nerves within the spinal canal are damaged. Most SCI’s are caused by trauma to the vertebral column, affecting the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages between the brain and the body’s systems that control sensory, motor and autonomic function. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of SCI, followed by acts of violence, falls, sports injuries and diseases such as polio, spina bifida and Friedreich’s Ataxia. The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for a loss of functioning to occur. In fact, in most people with SCI, the spinal cord is intact, but the damage to it results in loss of functioning.   

Traumatic Brain Injury:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a medical phrase used to describe the damage to the brain suffered by sudden impact or physical force to the head.  Essentially, the human brain floats in a fluid substance called cerebrospinal fluid. TBI can result when the force of momentum causes the brain to impact against the skull. This type of injury, often the result of hitting your head on the windshield, pavement or object, is frequently referred to as a “closed head injury.”  Whiplash can also cause TBI.  These closed head injuries can result in lasting physical and mental problems.

Slip and Fall/Premises Liability:
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and can cause serious personal injury. Most slip and falls happen in commercial settings, such as grocery stores, drug stores, office buildings, construction sites, gas stations and malls, but they also happen on private property. Premises Liability accidents can include toxic exposure, animal attacks, swimming pool accidents and amusement park ride accidents. In any event, there exist duties on the part of the property owners to maintain the property responsibly and avoid the existence of hazardous conditions.

Dangerous or defective conditions may be large or small, temporary or permanent. Therefore, investigation of the claim is essential to a successful case. Temporary conditions such as water on the floor of a grocery store, or snow and ice on the stairs of a restaurant need to be investigated quickly.

Construction/ On-the-Job Accidents:
Construction labor makes up one of the three most dangerous occupations in the United States today; each year producing thousands of debilitating injuries and wrongful deaths. Factors that contribute to construction accidents include workers lifting loads with worn and weathered cables, working on elevated platforms without fall protection or wearing defective safety harnesses and lanyards, and/or working in trenches with improper benching and using outdated tools and equipment. Farming and manufacturing accidents, as well as the oil and gas industry accidents can also cause serious injury and toxic exposure.

Toxic Exposure:
Due to the tremendous growth of corporate industry in the United States over the past fifty years, the number of dangerous, toxic substances in the environment has grown significantly.  Some toxic substances are shown to cause substantial injury to people, such as lead-based paint (linked to brain damage, especially in children), asbestos (linked to lung cancer and restrictive lung disease), dry cleaning and other solvents (linked to brain damage and major organ damage), pesticides such as dioxin and DDT (linked to birth injuries) and toxic landfill waste (linked to leukemia).

Insurance Claims:
Insurance claims are a notice for reimbursement from an insurance company when the insured has suffered a loss that is covered under the insurance policy. Insurance companies cannot refuse to pay a customer’s claim without "reasonable justification."  This means that an insurance company must engage in a reasonable investigation and pay legitimate claims in a timely manner.  If an insurance company fails to handle its customer’s claim properly, it may be held accountable for resulting economic losses, including lost wages, interest on money the insured borrowed to cover expenses while insurance benefits were wrongfully withheld, and loss due to damaged credit.

Vehicle Accidents:
Legal claims that arise from vehicle accidents are typically governed by the law of negligence. Any individual who negligently operates a motor vehicle may be required to pay damages to an injured victim. A personal injury case involving a vehicle accident may become formalized through civil court proceedings or may be resolved through an informal settlement before a lawsuit is filed. Vehicle accidents can include:

  • ATV accidents
  • Automobile accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Commercial bus accidents
  • Intersection accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Rear end collisions
  • Semi-tractor trailer accidents
  • School bus accidents
  • SUV rollover accidents
  • Train accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Yacht accidents

In the event of a fatality, the surviving family members of an accident victim may be able to bring wrongful death claims against the defendant. (see wrong death below).

Defective Products:
Products liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Products liability cases may include defective or poorly designed machinery, tools, motor vehicle defects, recreational products, pharmaceuticals and other defective products and equipment. A person injured by a defective or dangerous product may be eligible to file a lawsuit for product liability. Damages can be recovered under one of the following categories: strict products liability; negligence or breach of warranty.

Wrongful Death:
A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or organization. A legal action for wrongful death belongs to the decedent’s estate usually consisting of immediate family members such as a surviving spouse and children, and sometimes parents or siblings. Under certain circumstances, unrelated minor children living with and supported by the decedent may also bring a claim for wrongful death. In order to bring a successful wrongful death cause of action, the following elements must be present:

  • The death of a human being caused by another’s negligent or intentional conduct.
  • The survival of family members who are suffering the loss of financial support, love, care, comfort, supervision, guidance, household assistance and general society previously provided by the deceased.

Vaccine Injury Cases:
Childhood and adult vaccines can result in sometimes very severe or even fatal adverse reactions. Injured victims can receive compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program which is a multi-billion dollar fund created by the Federal Government to provide compensation to people injured by vaccines. The prosecution of claims in this area are handled exclusively in the United States Court of Federal Claims and requires specialized skill and experience to successfully pursue.

The general rule in wrongful death cases is that one is entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages which are suffered as a result of the loss of a loved one. Economic damages in a wrongful death case include an award for the financial contributions which the decedent would have made to his or her spouse, children and/or parents had he or she survived. It also includes the recovery for funeral service expenses in memory of the decedent and for burial cost.  Non-economic damages include loss of love, society, companionship, comfort, affection, solace or moral support.

If you or someone you know in Washington State needs the trusted legal advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer, please call Attorney Marc Silverman today at 866-435-1676 Ext. 3020, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.

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Marc L. Silverman, Attorney at Law

2223 112th Ave. NE, Suite 202
Bellevue, WA 98004

Toll Free: (866) 435-1676 Ext. 3020
Phone: (425) 654-0163

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Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Anesthesia Negligence
  • Spinal Cord Injury

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