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MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS

 

If you’ve suffered harm due to a mistake or reckless act of a healthcare provider, you may have a medical malpractice case. Healthcare professionals are required to perform their services with the skill that is expected from a licensed professional in their specialty. When care is substandard and somebody is hurt, they can be held liable for the damage they’ve caused. Hospitals, doctors and other healthcare professionals will try their best to cover up their mistakes to avoid being found liable. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible after you suspect medical malpractice. The Botelho Law Group is the top medical malpractice attorney in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Call (888) 269-0988 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

Who Can Be Sued For Medical Malpractice?

It’s not just doctors that can be held accountable for injuries that are caused by mistakes and recklessness. All licensed health care providers and facilities have a duty to provide competent care including:

  • Hospitals
  • Nurses and Physicians Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists and Social Workers
  • Chiropractors
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Pharmacists
  • Acupuncturists and
  • Paramedics

If you’ve been harmed by the treatment you’ve received at any type of a healthcare facility, you should call an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island medical malpractice attorney to discuss your potential case. The Botelho Law Group is the top medical malpractice attorney in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Call (888) 269-0988 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can be an act, such as leaving an instrument inside a patient during surgery, or an omission such as forgetting to prescribe medication. These are the most common types of medical malpractice:

  • Failure to Diagnose, Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis such as failing to recognize symptoms, not ordering the proper tests, not referring a patient to a specialist, improper reading of test results, faulty test results and poor judgment when evaluating data.
  • Prescription Drug Mistakes such as prescribing the wrong medication, ordering the wrong dosage, not recognizing drug interactions or allergies and/or failing to notice signs of addiction or abuse of medications.
  • Surgical Errors such as operating on the wrong body part, performing a procedure on the wrong patient, leaving tools inside a patient, failing to maintain sanitary conditions and failing to use procedures that are considered acceptable by most physicians.
  • Birth Injuries can be caused by anything that’s happened since the onset of the pregnancy including:
    • Improper prenatal care, including failing to recognize a high risk pregnancy;
    • Failure to recommend genetic testing;
    • Improper reading of genetic testing results;
    • Failure to recommend a c-section for a high risk birth;
    • Improper delivery technique including use of excessive force and irregular use of forceps;
    • Failure to notice fetal distress and
    • Mishandling baby after birth.

In addition, any mistake at a healthcare facility while you’re in their care can give rise to medical malpractice including failing to provide proper hydration, failing to discover and treat bedsores and other types of negligent care. If you, or somebody you love has been injured by a healthcare professional or facility, you should call an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island Medical Malpractice attorney to discuss your potential claim. The Botelho Law Group is the top medical malpractice attorney in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Call (888) 269-0988 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

Medical Malpractice Laws in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

In both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the statute of limitations is three years, which generally means that you have three years from the date of the harmful act to file a lawsuit. For medical malpractice cases, you may be allowed to file within three years of discovery of the injury under certain circumstances. For example, you didn’t discover that the surgical instrument was inside your body until you had a severe infection or cancer was diagnosed by another doctor. It’s important to know that Massachusetts caps damages for medical malpractice cases at $500,000 for subjective claims such as pain, suffering and mental anguish, unless it can be shown that there was a substantial or permanent loss of function as defined by Massachusetts General Law 231 § 60H. A relatively recent Massachusetts law caps damages against charitable organizations at $20,000, and most hospitals in the state fit that description, but hospital staff can still be sued directly. If you’ve been injured by a healthcare provider, it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island medical malpractice attorney as soon as you become aware there’s a problem. The Botelho Law Group is the top medical malpractice attorney in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Call (888) 269-0988 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

When Should I Call A Medical Malpractice Attorney?

If you suspect that something’s not right about the care you’ve been receiving, the first step is to get a second opinion from another healthcare provider. If the second provider believes that your medical condition was caused or worsened by the care you received, it is time to consider an action for medical malpractice. You have a right to your medical records, and it’s best to request them from the provider before they become aware that you’re considering suing them for medical malpractice so that they don’t edit your records or drag their feet. It’s important to speak to an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island medical malpractice attorney as soon as you seriously suspect that you’ve been harmed by negligent care, so that evidence can be preserved. The Botelho Law Group is the top medical malpractice attorney in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Call (888) 269-0988 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

 

Joseph F. Botelho, Esq.
BOTELHO LAW GROUP
Attorneys At Law

901 Eastern Ave. 
Unit 2
Fall River, MA 02723 
Office:  888-269-0688

https://www.botelholawgroup.com/