Medical injuries can have a devastating impact on a patient’s life. If you have suffered as a result of inadequate or negligent medial care, our malpractice lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. This is a difficult area of law, and having a knowledgeable legal advocate on your side can make all the difference in your case. You can trust that we are devoted to fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims across the state of Massachusetts.
A Massachusetts state jury recently awarded $11.5 million in a lawsuit alleging that a radiologist misinterpreted an X-ray, which directly led to a toddler suffering cardiac arrest resulting in permanent brain damage. Some time afterwards, the family of the toddler filed a case against the radiologist alleging medical malpractice. After an 11-day trial and deliberation lasting two days, a jury found that the radiologist was negligent for not properly diagnosing the patient’s enlarged heart, which appeared on a chest X-ray. The lawsuit alleged that the radiologist’s failure to react to the child’s heart problem properly ultimately caused her to suffer long-term neurological injuries. In other words, the plaintiff’s argued that had the toddler’s heart condition been diagnosed and treated properly, she would not have suffered the heart failure and cardiac arrest that led to permanent neurological injury.
In Massachusetts, medical malpractice takes place when you suffer an injury due to the negligence of a medical professional. In order to establish negligence you must show that the medical professional breached the standard of care, and that the breach caused the injury or damage in question. The standard of care denotes the generally accepted standard of a similarly qualified professional providing the same treatment. As such, the standard of care differs in every case. For instance, a family doctor will be held to a different standard of care than an ophthalmologist. Negligence can occur at various stages of treatment. Examples of medical malpractice can include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medication errors, surgical mistakes and breaches of informed consent.