Worcester Medical Malpractice & Negligence
Medical malpractice is defined as any act or failure to act that does not meet an acceptable standard of care within the medical community and results in an injury to the patient.
A medical mistake may be caused by a lack of skill or experience, administrative errors in a medical file, or general negligence. Regardless of the cause, patients should not have to suffer at the hands of a trusted health care professional.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is far too common in the United States.
Over 250,000 people in the U.S. die each year from preventable medical mistakes, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of medical negligence, you may be able to seek justice and compensation from a Worcester malpractice lawsuit.
In a Worcester medical malpractice case, your legal team must prove 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 now.
Common Medical Malpractice Claims in Worcester, MA
Medical malpractice can result in life-altering injuries, and in severe cases, these mistakes may be fatal.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury at the hands of a health care provider, our Worcester malpractice lawyers are prepared to help you take action and pursue justice.
When medical professionals fail to provide appropriate care before, during, or shortly after delivery, it can result in devastating a birth injury.
Common birth injuries caused by medical malpractice can include:
Our Worcester birth injury attorneys have decades of experience handling these kinds of cases. We can help you seek justice for your child and your family.
Emergency Room Mistakes
Emergency rooms are often fast-paced, bustling environments. The adrenaline and high stakes associated with a medical emergency may result in mistakes on the part of those working, like:
- Discharging a patient too early
- Interpreting test results incorrectly
- Failing to provide follow-up care when needed
After an analysis of their malpractice claims, UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester implemented swift changes to their emergency department (ED) to avoid future mistakes. Changes included ensuring ultrasound availability in the ED 24/7 and providing all ED staff with airway management training.
Emergency room errors can have life-altering consequences. Whether it's a misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, or surgical mistake, our legal team has the knowledge and resources to build a strong case on your behalf.
Failure to Diagnose
When healthcare professionals fail to diagnose a medical condition promptly, or they make an incorrect diagnosis, it can lead to significant harm and even death.
Delaying the correct diagnosis for a patient may cause:
- Diseases like cancer to spread throughout the body
- Exacerbated symptoms
- Injuries to worsen
- Life-threatening complications
- Prolonged suffering
Aneurysms, strokes, and infections are just a few of the medical conditions that are often misdiagnosed. Even if a doctor makes an accurate diagnosis, their actions may be considered negligent if they fail to prescribe adequate or correct medical treatments.
Our Worcester failure to diagnose lawyers can help you take legal action and hold the negligent medical professional accountable for their mistakes.
Infections acquired during a hospital stay can result from negligence or inadequate infection control practices.
There are strict protocols in place to help hospitals avoid the spread of infections. Regardless of this, 1 in 10 patients admitted to the hospital will get a health care-associated infection (HAI).
Some common HAIs include:
- Clostridium difficile or C. diff infections
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Sepsis or bloodstream infections
- Surgical site infections
- Urinary tract infections (UTI) from the use of catheters
Prescription Drug Errors
Prescription drug errors occur when a medical professional fails to accurately prescribe, administer, or monitor medication.
If a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or the correct medication in the wrong dosage, patients may suffer severe harm.
Prescription drug errors can lead to various health consequences, including:
- Adverse drug reactions
- Drug dependence or substance abuse
- Prolonged recovery
- Worsened medical conditions
Get a free case review now to see if our Worcester malpractice attorneys can help you or a loved one file a prescription drug error claim.
Surgeons often work extremely long hours, and they may sometimes make careless errors that can impact the rest of a patient’s life.
Examples of common surgical errors include:
- Damage to internal organs
- Improper management of post-operative complications
- Plastic surgery mistakes
- Surgical tools left inside the body
- Wrong-patient surgery
- Wrong-site surgery (like removing the left lung when cancer was in the right lung instead)
Surgical errors can lead to serious complications and long-term consequences. Our team has the experience necessary to navigate complex surgical malpractice cases and fight for justice on your behalf.
How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Worcester
Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit can hold medical professionals accountable for their negligence and prevent other patients from suffering a similar fate. Compensation from a lawsuit can also help you pay for any additional care needed following a medical mistake.
If you have a case, our Worcester medical malpractice lawyers will handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and your loved ones.
Our medical malpractice lawyers in Worcester can:
- Provide you with a free case review to determine if you have a case
- Investigate your injury and gather evidence to prove it could have been prevented
- File your Worcester medical negligence lawsuit within any state-specific deadlines
- Negotiate a malpractice settlement with the defendants (a doctor, hospital, insurance company, or other medical professional)
If a settlement is unable to be reached, we’re prepared to present your case in court before a judge and jury.
Additionally, there are no upfront costs or hourly fees to work with our team. We only get paid if we secure compensation for you.
Get the Help You Deserve
Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help you understand your legal options during a free case review. Let us get you the money you deserve.
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Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Settlements
For decades, our attorneys have fought for victims of medical malpractice and negligence. To date, we’ve secured over $8.9 Billion for our clients who were injured through no fault of their own.
Our past settlements and verdicts for medical malpractice include:
- $9.67 Million for a child who suffered injuries during a delayed delivery
- $5 Million for a mother whose daughter suffered severe brain damage at birth
- $4.85 Million for a child who developed CP due to malpractice
- $3.9 Million for a patient who received a delayed diagnosed for a herniated disc
- $2.25 Million for a case involving an incorrect diagnosis
- $1.75 Million for a mother whose twins suffered injuries at birth that led to cerebral palsy
- $1.25 Million for a client who was misdiagnosed, which delayed his lung cancer diagnosis until it was stage 4 and inoperable
While there's no guarantee of success, our Worcester medical malpractice lawyers will fight for the most compensation possible in your case.
Compensation from a malpractice lawsuit can help pay for medical expenses, therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral services, and more.
Get Help from Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Worcester, MA
At Sokolove Law, we are dedicated to eliminating the obstacles that often deter individuals from filing a lawsuit, like financial limitations, time constraints, and the intricacies of the justice system.
For over 40 years, our Worcester malpractice lawyers have used their skills and resources to fight for compensation on behalf of our clients.
There are no hourly fees to work with our attorneys, and we have registered nurses on staff who can help you determine if your injury was caused by medical malpractice or negligence.
Take the first step toward justice now. Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form to receive a free, no-obligation case review.
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Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Worcester, MA FAQs
What constitutes medical malpractice in Worcester?
Medical malpractice refers to the failure of a healthcare professional or provider to meet the accepted standard of care, resulting in harm or injury to a patient.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
If you believe you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice in Worcester, call (800) 995-1212 now for a free case review.
How much does a Worcester medical malpractice attorney cost?
At Sokolove Law, there are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our Worcester medical malpractice attorneys.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we only get paid if your case results in compensation.
What factors impact a Worcester medical malpractice settlement amount?
Several details influence the amount of Worcester malpractice settlements, including the:
- Severity of the injury: Patients who suffer permanent injuries, like those that result in limited mobility or brain damage, may receive higher medical malpractice settlement amounts.
- Recovery period: If your recovery will take a long time and require additional care or time away from work, then your potential settlement may 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.
How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim in Worcester, MA?
You only have a limited amount of time to file a Worcester medical malpractice lawsuit due to unique laws in each state known as the statute of limitations.
Once this deadline passes, you won’t be able to sue for medical malpractice again.
At Sokolove Law, we offer free, no-obligation case reviews. Fill out our contact form now to learn more about the legal options available to you.
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Worcester Neighborhoods We Serve
- Beaver Brook
- Bell Hill
- Brittan Square
- Broadmeadow Brook
- Cambridge Street
- Canal District
- Central Worcester
- Cider Mill
- College Hill
- Columbus Park
- Crown Hill
- Downtown Worcester
- Elm Park
- Federal Square
- Forest Grove
- Grafton Hill
- Great Brook Valley
- Green Hill
- Green Island
- Hadwen Park
- Indian Hill
- Indian Lake East
- Lincoln Estate
- Lincoln Square
- Main South
- Mill Street
- Newton Square
- North Lincoln Street
- North Worcester
- Quinsigamond Village
- Salisbury Street
- South Worcester
- The Summit
- Union Hill
- University Park
- Vernon Hill
- Webster Square
- West Tatnuck
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Worcester Zip Codes We Serve
List of Worcester Hospitals and Their Safety Grades
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.
- St. Vincent Hospital
123 Summer Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Hospital Safety Grade: C
- UMass Memorial Medical Center — Memorial Campus
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Hospital Safety Grade: C
- UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus
55 Lake Avenue N.
Worcester, MA 01655
Hospital Safety Grade: C