Examples of Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Scenarios

Here is a list, provided by the Boston, Massachusetts personal injury firm of Swartz & Swartz of some common types of Massachusetts medical malpractice claims:

Surgical Negligence – such as the negligent performance of a surgical procedure, the use of improper medical equipment, negligent failure to respond to certain signs and symptoms during surgery, or leaving an instrument or foreign body inside of a patient following surgery.

Birth Injuries – which may arise when there has been negligent medical or nursing care before, during or immediately following birth, such as the negligent failure to perform a caesarian section delivery. Birth trauma resulting from medical negligence can cause death and catastrophic injuries, including cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, brain damage, developmental impairments and neurological injury.

Failure to Diagnose or Treat Medical Conditions – such as the negligent failure to diagnose or properly treat cancer, the negligent failure to diagnose or properly treat an early stage heart attack, the negligent failure to diagnose or properly treat an aneurysm, or the negligent failure to diagnose or properly treat any disease or condition affecting the body’s organs and normal function.

Medication Errors – such as the prescription of unsafe medication, the prescription of medication that should not be taken with one or more other medications a patient is taking, or the prescription of medication that should not be taken when a patient has certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure or liver problems.