Boston Medical Malpractice Attorney | Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.

Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Are you or a loved one the victim of medical malpractice?

If so, you’re not alone. Thousands of people in the U.S. are injured or die every year from medical errors that are totally preventable; many incidents never get reported. Medical mistakes can cause catastrophic injuries, lifelong medical bills, loss of income, or even death. But the only case that matters to our personal injury attorneys is yours. By holding doctors and hospitals accountable for avoidable mistakes, we’re able to help improve the procedures they use to safeguard against and prevent mistakes in the future.

What are the most common forms of medical malpractice?

Failure to diagnose or treat a medical condition, including:

  • The negligent failure to diagnose or properly treat cancer.
  • The negligent failure to diagnose or properly treat a heart attack or stroke.
  • The negligent reading of mammograms or X-rays.
  • The negligent failure to diagnose and properly treat any condition or disease that may be the basis for a medical malpractice claim.

Medication errors by a doctor, pharmacist or nurse that are the result of:

  • Improper medications
  • Allergic reactions
  • Overdoses
  • Failure to recognize contraindications
  • Mistakes made during the administration of medication
  • Improperly combining medications

Surgical malpractice, including:

  • The negligent performance of a surgical procedure.
  • The failure to recognize complications during surgery.
  • Leaving instruments or foreign bodies inside a patient.
  • The failure to recognize and properly treat post-operative complications.

Birth injuries are caused by negligent prenatal care, injuries during delivery, failure to perform a cesarean section, or failure to provide medical care to the newborn. A birth injury can be devastating and can result in developmental delay, a neurological injury, or even death.

Other examples of birth injuries include:

  • Skin or brain injuries caused by forceps and vacuum extractors.
  • Group-B strep disease, which can result in sepsis, pneumonia or meningitis.
  • Kernicterus, a progressive type of brain damage that can develop in infants who suffer from jaundice.

Cerebral palsy is a permanent injury to a part of the brain that controls motor skills and coordination. Cerebral palsy can be caused during childbirth if the newborn’s heartbeat and other vital signs are not properly monitored.

Erb’s palsy may result from excessive force during the delivery of the baby, resulting in stretching and/or tearing to a group of nerves in the neck and shoulder (the brachial plexus). This type of injury often results in atrophy of the muscles and permanent function loss. Too often this happens to otherwise perfectly healthy newborns.

Brain damage from medical malpractice can occur during anesthesia, childbirth, or an event that causes decreased blood flow to the brain. The damage from a brain injury can be severe and is usually permanent.

Paramedic and EMT negligence can occur when emergency responders:

  • Fail to respond to the scene promptly.
  • Diagnose and treat symptoms improperly.
  • Fail to maintain accurate records.

Hospital patient alarm fatigue is when nurses and medical staff become desensitized to patient alarms and fail to respond in a timely manner.

How can you be sure you’ve chosen the right medical Massachusetts injury lawyer?

Medical malpractice cases are often complex and take time to resolve; experience and resources make all the difference. Our primary goals are to help facilitate the medical care of the victim, protect the victim’s rights, and recover the costs and expenses associated with the injury.

We’ve been helping victims of medical malpractice for nearly five decades. We can help you, too.

Talk to one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys today.

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