Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyers Who Seek Maximum Compensation for People Injured by Doctors
The last thing you expect is to be harmed by a physician, surgeon or other medical professional
A physician’s guiding principal is primum non nocere: “First, do no harm.” It means that no matter what the procedure or treatment, the patient’s well-being should be a healthcare professional’s most important consideration. Yet in a report published by the Annual Review of Medicine, as many as 98,000 deaths a year are attributed to surgical errors, medication mistakes, and other adverse events that qualify as medical malpractice.
If you or a family member has been injured because of medical negligence, you will find the compassion to listen to your story and the fire to aggressively pursue a Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuit at the Boston firm of Swartz & Lynch LLP.
Our attorneys have nearly 75 years of legal experience between them. We believe in getting justice and obtaining the best possible compensation for our clients who have been the victims of negligence on the part of hospitals, surgeons, anesthetists, radiologists, pharmacists, nurses and others in whom you, as a patient, put your trust. Our track record speaks for itself: We have obtained verdicts in the millions of dollars for our medical malpractice clients.
Never events: Medical mistakes so serious that they should never have happened
Performing the wrong procedure, operating on the wrong site, or even on the wrong patient are just a few of the errors that never should happen, but do. In addition to errors such as leaving sponges or surgical instruments inside the patient — called retained foreign body — this type of reckless or negligent behavior happens on average 4,000 times per year nationwide.
As your medical malpractice lawyers, we hold medical professionals accountable for “never events” and injuries caused by:
- Misdiagnoses and failure to diagnose — These errors can cause delays in life-saving treatments.
- Errors that occur in a hospital setting — Known as hospital malpractice, injuries result directly from the negligence of hospital staff.
- Medication errors — Prescribing the wrong medicine, failing to adequately warn about adverse side effects or errors in dosing may be acts of negligence by doctors, nurses, pharmacists or even drug companies.
- Birthing errors — Obstetricians, nurses and anesthetists may be responsible for mistakes that lead to birth injuries.
Time is of the essence: Massachusetts has a statute of limitations on filing medical malpractice lawsuits
If you or someone you care about has been injured as a result of a medical error, it is imperative that you take action as soon as possible. Massachusetts law allows you only a very limited time period within which to bring a claim. The laws on this issue are complicated. Generally, you have up to three years from the time you discovered the error to file your medical malpractice claim; but in no event more than seven years after the negligent act, unless the negligence involves the leaving of a foreign object in your body. There is also an exception to the rule: If the error occurred in a child six years of age or younger, a lawsuit can be filed on behalf of the child until he or she is nine years old.
Contact our experienced medical malpractice lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation
Medical professionals and hospitals should be held accountable for injuries they cause patients. We make certain that they are. To learn more about how we at Swartz & Lynch LLP may be able to help you, please contact an injury lawyer online or call us at 857-250-0664 to schedule a time to talk to an AV-rated attorney. The consultation is free, and all cases are taken on contingency.