Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Sokolove Law is a Boston-based personal injury law firm with decades of experience handling medical malpractice cases. Medical professionals can sometimes make serious medical mistakes that lead to patients suffering needlessly.

You may be eligible for compensation from a medical malpractice lawsuit if you were injured due to a careless medical error. Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more.

Why You Should Choose Sokolove Law for Your Boston Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

At Sokolove Law, we know the pain and suffering that people experience when medical negligence and malpractice occur. We have a long track record of holding those responsible for that suffering accountable.

As many as 250,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical mistakes, making medical malpractice the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. Countless others suffer injuries from malpractice or negligence each year.

Over the last 40+ years, we've secured more than $8.9 Billion on behalf of families and individuals who have suffered injuries across the United States. Our Boston medical malpractice lawyers have the resources and skills needed to help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries.

And it won’t cost you anything upfront or out of pocket — we only get paid if you do, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action.

Find out if you have a case for free by calling (800) 995-1212 or submitting a contact form as soon as possible.

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If you were injured as a result of a medical mistake, speak with an experienced Boston medical malpractice lawyer who can help you understand your legal options.

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Boston Medical Malpractice or Negligence

The general definition of medical malpractice is the failure of a physician to meet the standard of care required to treat a patient’s condition. The physician’s negligence, or lack of skill, is the direct cause of a patient’s injury.

If this happens, the patient may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to secure compensation.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Practitioner Data Bank, there were 1,149 medical malpractice payments in Massachusetts from 2017 to 2021, with payments totaling more than $700 million.

Every medical malpractice case in Boston goes to a tribunal established by the Massachusetts Medical Society. This tribunal, consisting of a physician, a lawyer and a judge, determines whether or not there is enough evidence to proceed with the malpractice claim. It screens out about 16 percent of all cases, allowing 84 percent to proceed.

In medical malpractice cases, the patient’s legal team must prove that the:

  • Medical professional or facility failed to deliver medical care under accepted medical standards
  • Failure occurred either due to direct negligence or omission
  • Omission or negligence was the direct cause of the harm suffered by the patient

Let us try to find out what happened — and work to get you answers.

Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form to find out more about how we may be able to help.

Common Medical Malpractice Claims in Boston, MA

The effects of medical malpractice can be life-altering – or even fatal. Though these types of errors may seem extreme, over 51.4 million surgeries are conducted each year in the United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 1 in every 112,000 surgeries will result in an error — a figure that does not include ER and ambulance operations, which produce even more surgical errors.

Medical malpractice takes many different forms but the following are the most common and all are very serious.

Pregnancy and Birth Injuries

Medical malpractice or negligence can often result in severe injuries to babies before, during, or after the child's delivery.

In a birth injury medical malpractice case, the baby’s brain and/or body is injured, resulting in injuries that can last a lifetime. As devastating as it is, around 7 of every 1,000 newborns will be injured at birth.

Some of the more common birth injuries include:

Failure to Diagnose, Delayed Diagnosis, or Misdiagnosis

If a doctor fails to spot a condition or a disease soon enough — or they make the wrong diagnosis — the patient could suffer a great deal of harm. A delayed or wrong diagnosis can cost patients precious time, and their injuries could worsen or the cancer could spread during this time.

Doctors can fail to diagnose conditions that can eventually result in serious health problems. For instance, if a doctor overlooks a tumor, it can continue to spread, potentially to the point that it is untreatable or terminal.

Doctors may fail to diagnose the following conditions:

  • Aneurysm
  • Blood Clot
  • Cancer
  • Heart Attack
  • Infection
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary Embolism

Doctors can also make an accurate diagnosis — but fail to prescribe adequate or the correct medical treatment.

Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAI)

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) originate from a hospital due to unsanitary conditions. Hospitals are required to follow protocols in order to avoid the spread of infections. However, the smallest error by a medical professional can lead to HAI.

In fact, 1 out of 10 people admitted to a hospital will get HAIs, which are linked to high patient morbidity and death.

Some common types of HAIs include:

  • Clostridium difficile or C. diff infections
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis or bloodstream infections
  • Surgical site infections
  • Urinary tract infections from the use of catheters

Surgical Errors

Surgeons can sometimes make careless errors that can impact the rest of a patient’s life. These include operating on the wrong part of the body (known as wrong-site surgery), leaving surgical instruments inside the body, mistakenly causing internal organ damage, and more.

Examples of common surgical errors include:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Improper management of post-operative complications
  • Plastic surgery mistakes
  • Surgical tools left inside of the body
  • Wrong-site surgery (like removing the left lung when cancer was in the right lung instead)
  • Wrong-patient surgery

Emergency Room Mistakes

Doctors and other medical authorities can make many mistakes in a fast-paced emergency room (ER) setting. Medical professionals may mistakenly discharge a patient too early, misinterpret test results, order the wrong tests, or more.

The following examples of emergency room errors can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering:

  • Diagnostic errors
  • Delays in testing and treatment
  • Unsanitary conditions in the ER
  • Miscommunication with patients
  • Medication errors
  • Premature discharge or failure to follow up

Prescription Drug Errors

A doctor prescribes the wrong medication — or the right medication but in too high or too low a dosage, leading to injuries.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Boston, MA

There are quite a few reasons you should consider taking legal action if you've suffered an injury related to a medical professional's mistake.

Namely, your injury may require even more medical care to fix an error or treat an issue, which can be expensive over time and put a strain on your health. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit could provide you with the compensation you need to pay for that treatment.

Researchers with the Betsy Lehman Center in Boston found that medical professionals in Massachusetts committed about 62,000 medical errors in 2017 alone. These errors led to more than $617 Million in excess health care insurance company claims.

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit could hold the medical professional accountable for their negligence and help prevent another patient from going through the same thing. Legal action may also expose problems in the facility where the malpractice occurred, forcing changes that could benefit other future patients.

Compensation from a medical malpractice case can help pay for:

  • Loss of income (if you could not work)
  • Medications
  • Surgeries
  • Therapy and outpatient treatment
  • Other expenses related to your illness

While there are thousands of personal injury attorneys, not all of them can get you the compensation you deserve. Over the last four decades, the lawyers at Sokolove Law have gained the experience and resources needed to handle almost any type of personal injury case.

Our Boston medical malpractice lawyers may be able to help you receive compensation.

Boston Medical Malpractice Settlements

The vast majority of medical malpractice lawsuits settle without going to trial. But medical malpractice settlement amounts can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances of the case.

In a report published by Medscape, the average settlement amount for a medical malpractice lawsuit is around $425,000.

These are just a few of the many factors that can impact the value of a potential case:

  • The severity of the injury – Patients who suffer permanent injuries, such as those that result in limited mobility or brain damage, will typically receive higher medical malpractice settlement amounts.
  • The recovery period – If it appears your recovery will take a long time and you’ll require additional care or time away from work, then your potential settlement will likely be larger to account for expenses and lost wages. 
  •  Medical costs – The more expensive it is to treat injuries caused by medical negligence, the higher the settlement amount will likely be.

Get Help From Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Boston

The Boston malpractice lawyers with Sokolove Law are ready to help if you have reason to believe you have been the victim of negligence committed by a medical professional.

Sokolove Law started in Boston more than 40 years ago. Since then, our firm has expanded across the country. We have decades of experience and a long track record of success, recovering over $8.9 Billion for injured clients nationwide.

Your initial consultation will be free, and our attorneys only get paid if you do. Our staff of registered nurses will also be available to support you throughout your case.

Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form to find out more about how we may be able to help.

Sokolove Law Has Served New England as a Boston Medical Malpractice Law Firm

In 1979, Jim Sokolove founded Sokolove Law in Boston. One of his goals was to help the families of people harmed by medical malpractice get the justice and compensation they deserve. Sokolove Law has become a nationwide firm because of Jim's determination and vision.

We help people from all walks of life — including those of different races, genders, and economic statuses — file Massachusetts medical malpractice claims. We provide free legal case evaluations to our clients and will dedicate a team of legal professionals to your case, including a medical malpractice attorney, paralegal, and nurse case manager.

You and your family matter to us. Let us fight for you.

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Sokolove Law Affiliations and Recognition

Our Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Justice
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  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Top 10 Asbestos & Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. News & World Report - 2022 Best Law Firms / Best Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell - 2022 Peer-Reviewed for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

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  • Better Business Bureau® (BBB) - A+ Rating since 2013
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Local Service Areas

Wherever you are, we're ready to work with you and serve you and your family.

  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
  • Chicopee
  • Fall River
  • Framingham
  • Haverhill
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Medford
  • New Bedford
  • Newton
  • Peabody
  • Plymouth
  • Quincy
  • Revere
  • Somerville
  • Springfield
  • Taunton
  • Waltham
  • Weymouth
  • Worcester
  • And more

List of Boston Hospitals and Their Safety Grades

Boston Hospital Safety Ratings

There are 10 major hospitals located in or very near Boston. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a letter grade that scores hospitals based on how well they protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

When compared to an A-rated hospital, your chance of dying increases by 35% in a B-rated hospital and 88% in a C-rated hospital. This research was conducted at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine.

List of Boston Hospitals and Their Grades

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    55 Fruit Street
    Boston, MA 02114
    Hospital Safety Grade: A
  • Tufts Medical Center
    800 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02111-1552
    Hospital Safety Grade: A
  • Boston Medical Center
    1 Boston Medical Center Place
    Boston, MA 02118-2908
    Hospital Safety Grade: B
  • CHA Cambridge Hospital
    1493 Cambridge Street
    Cambridge, MA 02139-1099
    Hospital Safety Grade: C
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    330 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215-5491
    Hospital Safety Grade: B
  • Brigham And Women's Hospital
    75 Francis Street
    Boston, MA 02115-6110
    Hospital Safety Grade: A
  • CHA Everett Hospital
    103 Garland Street
    Everett, MA 02149
    Hospital Safety Grade: B
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
    330 Mount Auburn Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Hospital Safety Grade: A
  • St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
    736 Cambridge Street
    Brighton, MA 02135-2997
    Hospital Safety Grade: B
  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
    1153 Centre Street
    Boston, MA 02130-3400
    Hospital Safety Grade: A

Boston Neighborhoods We Serve

  • Allston-Brighton
  • Back Bay
  • Beacon Hill/West End
  • Charlestown
  • Chinatown
  • Dorchester
  • Downtown Boston
  • East Boston
  • Fenway-Kenmore
  • Hyde Park
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan
  • Mission Hill
  • North End
  • Roslindale
  • Roxbury
  • South Boston
  • South End/Bay Village
  • West Roxbury

Boston Zip Codes We Serve

  • 02108
  • 02109
  • 02110
  • 02111
  • 02112
  • 02113
  • 02114
  • 02115
  • 02116
  • 02117
  • 02118
  • 02119
  • 02120
  • 02121
  • 02122
  • 02123
  • 02124
  • 02125
  • 02126
  • 02127
  • 02128
  • 02129
  • 02130
  • 02131
  • 02132
  • 02133
  • 02134
  • 02135
  • 02136
  • 02137
  • 02163
  • 02196
  • 02199
  • 02201
  • 02203
  • 02204
  • 02205
  • 02206
  • 02210
  • 02211
  • 02212
  • 02215
  • 02217
  • 02222
  • 02241
  • 02283
  • 02284
  • 02293
  • 02297
  • 02298

Cities We Serve Surrounding Boston

  • Arlington, MA
  • Belmont, MA
  • Brookline, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Chelsea, MA
  • Everett, MA
  • Malden, MA
  • Medford, MA
  • Melrose, MA
  • Milton, MA
  • Revere, MA
  • Somerville, MA
  • Watertown, MA
  • Winchester, MA
  • Winthrop, MA
  • Worcester, MA

Medical Malpractice FAQs

What are some examples of medical malpractice or negligence in Boston and Massachusetts?

There are many types of medical malpractice cases, but some of the most common and serious include:

  • Pregnancy and birth injuries
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Emergency room errors

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Last modified: May 22, 2023

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