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Medical Malpractice

Medical Negligence

Doctors, nurses, medical technicians, medical laboratories – all have a responsibility to uphold standards of care. If they don’t, we will do all we can to hold them accountable on your behalf.

Swanson Gardner Meyers Cohon PLLC, is widely recognized in Washington for their skill and success in prosecuting medical negligence and medical malpractice claims, including Failure to Diagnose, Surgical Errors, Birth Injuries, and Medication Errors.

In 2019, we welcomed attorney Dylan Cohon into the firm. Dylan is one of the preeminent medical malpractice attorneys in Washington. His intelligence and ability have become proven assets to our firm – and our clients. Click here to read more about Dylan.

We understand that when you or a loved one have suffered the consequences of medical malpractice, you are confronted with emotional, physical, and financial challenges. Many survivors of medical malpractice grapple with high medical bills, chronic pain and suffering, lost wages, or other life-altering consequences.

According to a highly publicized study released in 2000, nearly 100,000 Americans die each year from preventable errors made by hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals (Institute of Medicine; To Err is Human; Building a Safer Health System, 2000). Our firm has seen the tragic results of medical negligence and medical malpractice, and fiercely works to gain you the compensation you deserve for injuries sustained as a result of medical malpractice. 

A strong record of success in Medical Negligence cases

  • Medical negligence by Valley Medical Center (Renton) and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp, based in North Carolina), resulted in a $50 million dollar verdict. Washington Court of Appeals upheld the verdict. It stands as the largest medical negligence jury verdict in the State of Washington.
  • One of our clients had a normal, healthy pregnancy until serious complications arose at the end. As a result of poor and negligent decision-making in the hospital, the baby was severely brain damaged at birth. Instead of owning up for their negligent actions, they fought our lawsuit. We took the case to trial, and a Snohomish County jury awarded our clients $17 million.
  • A baby born in a Group Health hospital sustained a serious shoulder injury at birth which would affect her throughout her entire life, because of an unrecognized shoulder dystocia. A jury awarded the family $2.8 million.
  • One client’s wife died at age 70 from an overdose of Coumidan. The wrongful death was determined to be a pharmacy mistake. The insurance company refused to offer more than $500,000. So, we made the decision to take the case to trial. A jury awarded our client, the woman’s husband, $2 million.
  • Our client was only 29 years old, with a wife and young daughter when he died as a result of a clinic’s failure to diagnose diabetes. The clinic blamed the victim for his death, and we took the case to trial. A King County jury awarded the widow and daughter $1.15 million.
  • A medication error resulted in the death of a five day old baby boy. The hospital’s insurance company refused to offer more than $250,000. We took the case to trial, and a jury awarded the parents $1 million dollars, a record setting verdict on behalf of an infant in Washington.
  • A patient who went in for routine hernia surgery suffered a damaged ureter. The first trial resulted in a hung jury. A second private trial (non jury) resulted in an award nearly twice the amount offered by the insurance company.
  • Our client was severely injured when a surgeon pierced a bowel during routine surgery to remove ovaries. The surgeon failed to recognize or repair the surgical error. On-call doctors ordered tests but the results were not reported to the doctor, and no follow-ups were requested by the physician. The patient deteriorated, was comatose for nearly 2 months, and became permanently disabled and wheelchair bound. We indicated to the insurance company prior to trial that our client would settle the case for $6 million. The insurance defense attorney countered with an offer close to $2 million. We proceeded to trial, and during the last week of trial, the insurance company settled for $6 million.


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In The News

  • More than $150 million awarded to families of those who died in a crane accident. Click here to read more.
  • $65 million settlement against City of Seattle in ambulance/auto crash. Click here to read more. 
  • Click here to read more of our Settlements and Verdicts.