Medical Malpractice

It is important to state that a bad outcome from a medical procedure or surgery does not necessarily mean that there was negligence on the part of your medical team.

Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase meaning "First, do no harm." It reminds physicians and other medical professionals that they need to consider the potential risks of any health intervention because even well-meaning actions can have unintended consequences.

Medical malpractice occurs when a physician or other health care provider does something that no other reasonably prudent  physician or health care provider would do, AND that act leads to injury.  

Before becoming an attorney, Keith Douglass studied medical research and pharmacology, then supervised and ran a clinical laboratory in Alaska.  He brings that unique experience to represent injured people efficiently, cost-effectively, and to achieve the best results possible for his clients. He has represented hundreds of victims of medical, dental, chiropractic, home health, nursing and pharmacy malpractice.

More people die each year from preventable medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents or breast cancer. It is the Number 3 killer  in the United States—third only to heart disease and cancer—and claims the lives of some 400,000 people each year. 

Our team has more than 100 years of combined legal and paralegal experience helping people injured by medical malpractice receive the financial compensation they deserve. We have the skills, knowledge, and experience to represent you efficiently and effectively.  Our law practice works to improve accountability, increase public awareness, and better healthcare safety one patient at a time.  By holding healthcare providers accountable for the preventable harm they cause, we aim to improve the delivery of healthcare in our communities.  We do this by providing the best services to our clients possible. Our law firm has been helping people who have suffered injuries at the hands of medical professionals for more than three decades.

Medical malpractice laws can vary significantly from state to state.  Many states have imposed significant limits on the amount of monetary compensation a victim may recover.  States differ as to the qualifications and regional location of expert witnesses that can testify in court. Based in Spokane and licensed in Washington State, Keith S. Douglass has been specially admitted in many other states where his skills and knowledge were needed (called “ pro hac vice” in the legal field), thereby affording him the opportunity to represent a client anywhere in the United States.  When working with clients in states other than Washington, he associates with local counsel at no additional cost to the client.

In general, all states require the plaintiff in a medical malpractice action to prove: 1) that the healthcare provider violated the applicable standard of care,

2) that the violation of the applicable standard of care caused injury, and 3) that the plaintiff suffered an injury sufficient to warrant compensation.  The definition of “standard of care” varies from state-to-state, but is often similar to “what a reasonable practitioner would do under like or similar circumstances.”  So, if Dr. John Doe used an antibiotic that no other reasonable physician would have used under the circumstances presented, and this antibiotic  caused permanent or long-lasting kidney failure, the patient would have a potentially meritorious malpractice case.

It is important that you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible after an injury occurs; as the statute of limitation in each state dictates the length of time a person has to file a lawsuit.  Additionally, there may be even a shorter time to file against a government entity, which, depending on the state, may include community hospitals or physicians who are affiliated with such hospitals.

Keith S. Douglass & Associates, LLP has helped hundreds of clients recover financial compensation for injuries resulting from all types of medical malpractice, including but not limited to:

Gentamicin/Tobramycin ototoxicity
Incorrect Diagnosis or Failure to Diagnose​
Cancer Misdiagnosis
Failure to Monitor or Follow a Patient
Home Healthcare Errors

​Allergies to Medical Implants
Birth Trauma to Mother and Child
Incorrect or Incorrectly filled prescription
Nursing Home Negligence