Broderick Law Firm, LLC

Medical Malpractice Attorney

 Lowell, Massachusetts Medical Malpractice


Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences, both physically and psychologically. You put your trust in the doctors and other medical professionals who care for you, and when they injure you or are responsible for the death of a loved one, that trust is shaken. That’s especially problematic when the medical negligence results in a need for additional or ongoing medical care.

When a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider is negligent and that negligence causes harm, you may be entitled to compensation. However, the medical malpractice process in Massachusetts is complicated, and can create obstacles for injured patients and surviving family members.

The Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Process

When you’ve been the victim of another type of negligence, such as a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you are free to file a personal injury lawsuit in the appropriate court at any time within the statute of limitations. However, the Massachusetts legislature has made the process for filing suit against a healthcare professional much more complicated.

Massachusetts law requires that the would-be plaintiff in a medical malpractice case:

  • Provide written notice to the healthcare provider at least 182 days in advance of filing, including a long list of specific information such as the factual basis for the claim, alleged standard of care, alleged breach, what the claimant asserts should have been done to meet the standard of care, how the breach is alleged to have caused the injury, and more.
  • Within 56 days of service of the notice, provide the healthcare provider with all medical records related to the claim, or execute releases for those records not in the claimant’s control

The healthcare provider has 150 days from service of the notice in which to provide certain listed information to the claimant.

This process is theoretically intended to facilitate settlement of medical malpractice claims without resort to litigation. However, the additional procedural requirements make it more difficult and time-consuming for an injured patient or the surviving family of a person killed by medical malpractice to move forward. One of the most significant obstacles is that drafting a notice with the appropriate allegations and standard of care typically requires the assistance of a medical expert.

Potential Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases

Every medical malpractice case is different, but some damages commonly awarded in Massachusetts medical malpractice cases include:

  • Costs of additional medical care necessitated by the negligence
  • Lost income attributable to the malpractice
  • Pain and suffering
  • Costs of rehabilitation or therapy
  • Project lost earning capacity

No attorney can tell you exactly how much compensation you will recover in a medical malpractice case. There are simply too many factors in play, including issues such as the jury pool that an attorney cannot predict. However, a local malpractice lawyer will be able to assess many of these factors, and to tell you based on experience how these factors are likely to impact your case and what type of awards are common in similar cases.

Talk with an Experienced Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Attorney

Massachusetts attorney Kevin P. Broderick has been representing victims of negligence, including people harmed by medical malpractice, for decades. He understands the turmoil that a serious injury can create in your life, and how important it is that you receive fair compensation to help you rebuild.

He also knows how daunting the medical malpractice litigation process can be to someone without experience in that arena, and is committed to guiding victims through every step, including:

  • Investigating the claim
  • Drafting the required pre-litigation notice
  • Reviewing medical records
  • Gathering additional evidence
  • Working with expert witnesses
  • Assessing the economic value of your losses
  • Negotiating with the responsible parties’ attorneys
  • Preparing your case for trial
  • If it is in your best interest, trying your case before a jury

Gathering information about your rights and options is the first step toward making good decisions for you and your family. You can take that step right now, by scheduling a free consultation with attorney Kevin J. Broderick. Just call 978-459-3085 or fill out the contact form on this site.

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