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Watertown Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Residents of Watertown, Massachusetts, rely on doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to correctly diagnose their illnesses and treat them with care. Even though we place our trust and lives in medical professionals’ hands, mistakes occur frequently. If a healthcare provider acted negligently during the course of your care, you might have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim for your losses. 

At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand how overwhelming dealing with medical malpractice can be. We are committed to helping our clients pursue justice and recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for their losses. When you retain our services, we will thoroughly investigate your claim to establish liability and help you hold the negligent parties accountable. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our experienced legal team, call us at 617-391-9001 or complete our contact form today. 

Examples of Medical Malpractice in Watertown, Massachusetts

All doctors must meet a certain standard of care when treating their patients. In other words, they must not deviate from how other doctors would respond in similar situations. If a doctor fails to uphold this standard of care, they may cause significant harm to their patients. A few examples of medical malpractice include the following:

  • Missed or delayed diagnosis
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Birth injuries
  • Medication errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Hospital infections

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and many other malpractice instances may require legal action. However, it is essential to note that simply being dissatisfied with your care does not mean you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. To pursue a successful claim, you must be able to prove that your doctor behaved negligently. 

Elements of a Watertown Medical Malpractice Claim

A medical malpractice claim must contain several key elements to establish liability. Your attorney can help you collect evidence to prove these elements and build a strong claim on your behalf. All medical malpractice claims must include the following elements:

  • The doctor or healthcare professional owed you a standard of care
  • The doctor or healthcare professional breached the standard of care
  • The breach of the standard of care caused your injuries
  • You incurred financial and non-tangible damages due to your injuries

When a doctor-patient relationship is formed, the doctor must uphold a standard of care. In other words, they must reasonably behave as other doctors would throughout your treatment. If a doctor violates this standard of care and causes significant harm, they may be found negligent through a medical malpractice claim. The final element you must prove is the damages you suffered as a result. Your Watertown personal injury attorney can help you collect and organize your medical bills and other injury-related expenses to prove that you suffered losses at the hands of the negligent healthcare provider. 

What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Medical Malpractice Claim in Massachusetts?

All states have a legal time limit known as the statute of limitations for filing medical malpractice claims. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the incident. Additionally, if you discover your injuries after the initial incident, the statute of limitations will begin upon your discovery. 

While three years may seem like more than enough time to file a medical malpractice claim, it is generally in your best interest to act sooner rather than later. Critical evidence may be lost or destroyed over time, and key witnesses may forget important details about the incident. An experienced attorney can review your case and help you comply with the statute of limitations so you can pursue the compensation you deserve. 

How an Experienced Watertown Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help You

When you partner with the experienced medical malpractice team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we will fight tirelessly for justice on your behalf. A few of the many ways our skilled attorneys can help you include the following:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation into your claim
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Collecting evidence to establish liability
  • Partnering with expert witnesses to support your claim
  • Filing all paperwork correctly and on time
  • Organizing your medical bills and other injury-related expenses
  • Answering all of your legal questions

When you schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys, we will work with you to determine the best course of action to collect the maximum amount of compensation available for your losses. 

Discuss Your Case With a Trusted Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our skilled medical malpractice team has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for their clients in Watertown and the surrounding areas. Our medical malpractice team includes experienced attorneys Jessica M. Gray, Kyle A. Camilleri, and Kimberly K. Ridge and is assisted by medical records reviewer Amy Nichols. Our medical malpractice team devotes 100% of their practices to litigation and is committed to providing their clients with a personalized approach to every case. Attorney Gray is a member of many local and national organizations and has a proven track record of recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible for her clients. 

To learn more about how our highly-qualified attorneys can help you and to schedule a free consultation, call us at 617-391-9001 or complete our contact form today.