Victims who have suffered harm related to the receipt of medical care are oftentimes left in a stressful position, and may wonder whether medical malpractice is a factor in their cases. In general, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional negligently causes harm to a patient. At times, medical malpractice results in harm such as a worsened condition, or it can result in death. Medical malpractice can include misdiagnosis or erroneous treatment. Doctors, medical professionals, hospitals and others can all be liable for medical malpractice based on the circumstances.

There are a variety of considerations involved in a Massachusetts medical malpractice claim and they can be complex. It is necessary to understand that important timelines can apply to medical malpractice claims and understand the damages that may be available to injured victims. If a misdiagnosis, erroneous treatment or a prescription error resulted in a worsened condition or other type of harm, the victim and the victim’s family may be able to recover compensation for the damages suffered.

When a doctor or other medical professional does not meet the standard of care, and his or her negligence causes injury or other harm to victims and their families, damages may be available to those who have been harmed. Victims of medical malpractice in Massachusetts can be placed in a vulnerable position and may have different concerns related to the experiences they have suffered.

The legal process provides protections for victims of medical malpractice. Victims of medical malpractice and their families should be knowledgeable concerning the legal options available to protect them when they have been placed in a vulnerable spot.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, “Medical Malpractice In-Depth,” Accessed Sept. 10, 2016