Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Washington Health Care Provider Civil Liability Law (Third of Four Parts)

November 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Mark Johnson and Michael Sprangers

Negligence Claims 

In a negligence action against a health care provider, RCW § 7.70.040 provides: “The following shall be necessary elements of proof that injury resulted from the failure of the health care provider to follow the accepted standard of care:”

(1) The health care provider failed to exercise that degree of care, skill, and learning expected of a reasonably prudent health care provider at that time in the profession or class to which he or she belongs, in the state of Washington, acting in the same or similar circumstances;

(2) Such failure was a proximate...

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