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What Is an Offer of Proof in a Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Claim?

Published in Medical Malpractice on April 21, 2024

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Being injured due to medical malpractice is not only physically damaging, but it can also lead to emotional trauma for victims who trusted the medical professionals to properly care for them. Filing a medical malpractice claim is an essential but complex process to ensure you are able to get justice for your losses. For this reason, it is important you understand every aspect of the medical malpractice claims process, including the offer of proof. When filing your claim, our medical malpractice lawyers will help provide evidence of the offer of proof, which will help determine whether your case is substantial enough for a malpractice claim to proceed.

Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is dedicated to helping clients who have been injured as a result of medical negligence. With more than 45 years of experience and extensive knowledge of these types of cases, our legal team can help with every aspect of your claim, including the offer of proof to ensure your case can proceed. Speak with one of our trusted medical malpractice lawyers today for a free case assessment at (617) 391-9001 or by filling out a contact form.

Understanding the Offer of Proof in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Medical professionals undergo years of schooling and training before they are eligible to care for patients. However, no one is perfect, and mistakes may still occur. If a mistake was made during your medical care due to negligence, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim in Massachusetts. When filing a medical malpractice claim, you must be able to provide an offer of proof before you can proceed with your case.

The offer of proof refers to evidence presented by the victim of the medical malpractice that demonstrates the following:

  • The defendant is a provider of healthcare, like a doctor or nurse
  • The defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff, or person filing the claim
  • The breach caused harm to the plaintiff

To build an offer of proof, a trusted lawyer will need to collect certain evidence that will help support your claim. This evidence may include any of the following:

  • Expert witness opinions
  • Medical records
  • Testimony from any relevant witnesses or experts
  • Affidavits of any other relevant parties

Preparing an offer of proof can be a complex process, especially for an individual who is still recovering from injuries caused by the occurrence of medical negligence. Knowing exactly what is needed to compose a strong offer of proof can be confusing. That is why it is vital that you retain the help of a legal professional who has experience handling cases like yours.

Why Should You Hire a Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

As the victim of a medical malpractice occurrence, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for your losses by filing a claim. To ensure you are able to build a strong medical malpractice claim and provide the necessary offer of proof, it is imperative you work with a trusted lawyer in Massachusetts.

When you work with a Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyer, you can take advantage of the following benefits throughout your claims process:

  • We offer award-winning legal representation
  • Our medical malpractice lawyers do not charge any fees upfront for our services and offer a free case assessment
  • We will negotiate for the maximum amount in compensation you are owed after you were injured due to medical negligence
  • We will guide you through each step of the medical malpractice claims process, providing knowledge and answers to any questions you may have
  • Launch a full investigation into what occurred and collect all necessary evidence for your Massachusetts medical malpractice case

To begin filing your claim, contact an experienced Massachusetts lawyer today.

File a Strong Medical Malpractice Claim With the Help of a Massachusetts Lawyer Today

Navigating the aftermath of a medical malpractice occurrence that caused a serious injury is a challenging journey. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the experience and resources to navigate the complexities of medical negligence cases like yours while advocating for your rights at every step of the process. When you work with our team of trusted lawyers, you will receive legal counsel from individuals like Attorney Peter M. Merrigan. Attorney Merrigan is a co-managing partner of the firm and has been representing clients in Massachusetts for over a decade.

For a no-cost consultation of your Massachusetts medical malpractice claim, call (617) 391-9001 or fill out a contact form today.

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