Medical Malpractice Is:


All claims based upon the negligence, or failure to provide proper care, of a doctor, nurse, medical institution or hospital.

Medical malpractice includes:


  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Incorrect diagnosis
  • Incorrect treatment
  • Surgery at the wrong surgery site
  • Failure or delay to properly treat a patient
  • Failure to warn about the risks of treatment

medical malpractice - an ATTORNEY's overview

Of all of the "specialized" portions of personal injury practice, medical malpractice claims are perhaps the most dramatic and complex. Medicine has evolved tremendously from the days of the family doctor -- and not all of these changes have been to the benefit of patients and other factors. Complex billing arrangements with insurers, reduced benefits for medical procedures, have created enormous economic pressures on a profession unused to them. Corners are sometimes cut by overworked residents, interns, and even experienced practitioners short on time, information, or even sleep.

Worse for a person who suspects that they may have been injured by a doctor's malpractice, physicians' insurers are well funded, dogged defenders of doctors' positions. Doctors themselves rarely admit fault. The insurers have on retainer some of Massachusetts' best defense lawyers, and have scores of experts used to testifying in court at their disposal. This is not a field for lawyers who are unaccustomed to court, or who are faint at heart. On the other hand, medicine is an inexact science, which does not guarantee good results. An adverse result from a risky procedure is not always the doctors' fault.

You will definitely need a lawyer whose practice focuses on personal injury for a medical malpractice case. These cases are almost never settled before litigation, and many of these cases go to trial. With my concentration in personal injury, I have the background, medical training and experience, and trial experience to provide you with representation, and the trial experience to assure you a fighting chance.

 

Five Myths about Medical Malpractice - an American Association for Justice paper about medical negligence.