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Should I file a medical malpractice claim?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there were more than 7,000 claims of medical malpractice in Massachusetts over a five-year period ending in 2009. The causes of these cases vary from diagnostic errors to problems with medication. If you think you have suffered as a result of a physician’s or facility’s negligence, you may want to explore the possibility of filing a claim.

Diagnostic errors top the list of medical malpractice causes

A diagnostic error can include a delayed diagnosis, an incorrect one or a condition that a Massachusetts physician has not ever diagnosed. According to a study conducted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a diagnostic medical error is the most common and the most deadly problem. Additionally, these errors are also the leading cause of paid claims, making up 28.6 percent of those lawsuits.

Birth injuries have lifelong consequences

Most women are able to deliver healthy infants without incident, whether they are in a hospital or under the care of a midwife at home. At Donovan & O’Connor, LLP, we know that despite advances in technology and parents’ best efforts, there are still too many people whose children are born with serious conditions as a direct result of a practitioner’s negligence.

What determines the standard of care in a malpractice suit?

If you have suffered an injury or illness as the result of a medical professional’s negligence, you may be considering filing a medical malpractice claim. If you do choose to file a lawsuit, in many cases, the court will take into account whether or not the professional or medical facility violated the reasonable standard of care.

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