When patients seek treatment, they expect to receive quality medical care. Unfortunately, not all hospitals and medical providers meet this standard of care. Injured patients may have grounds to file a malpractice claim for damages stemming from the negligence of their healthcare provider.
A successful medical malpractice claim hinges on demonstrating that the defendant healthcare provider breached accepted medical standards of care. To establish this, your lawyer must hire highly respected specialists in your particular case — such as neurosurgeons, pediatricians, emergency physicians and obstetricians — to review your medical records. These experts Overlake Hospital Medical Error Lawyer must be able to explain that the healthcare provider’s actions or inaction fell below the accepted standards of care and directly caused your injury. They must also be able to prove that your injuries wouldn’t have occurred but for the healthcare provider’s mistake and that you have suffered direct monetary losses and damages as a result.
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The lawsuit alleges that Overlake Hospital violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to provide an ASL interpreter for a deaf woman seeking a c-section in June 2014. The mother was undergoing a high-risk induced labor and exhibited signs of perinatal asphyxia, including hypotonia, poor feeding and low blood sugar. Overlake’s High Risk Team contacted the woman’s partner, who is deaf, for an interpreter. Several times the family requested an interpreter, but they were never provided one.
Overlake Hospital, which is part of the Evergreen Health system, denies the allegations in the lawsuit filed by Michelle Richards and her family. The hospital argues that it didn’t violate the ADA because the woman was already in the hospital for a different reason when she alleged discrimination.
Overlake is a major regional hospital that offers advanced care, along with primary and specialty clinics. The hospital’s website allows patients to manage their appointments and billing, as well as access medical records and health information. The lawsuit, which was filed in March 2019, claims that Overlake’s website has been used to share private healthcare information with third parties without the patient’s permission. It also alleges privacy invasion, false advertising and violations of the Electronics Communication Privacy Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The lawsuit intends to represent a nationwide class of Overlake’s patients who are victims of this unauthorized disclosure of their medical information. A spokesperson for Overlake declined to comment on the lawsuit. However, the spokesperson did note that the hospital “is committed to improving patient safety through a thorough root cause analysis.” The lawsuit seeks damages for the woman’s medical bills and lost income from her inability to work due to her injury.