Lawsuits Covered By Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Lawsuits Covered By Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical malpractice lawsuits cover a wide range of cases that lead to injury, including wrongful death, vaccine injuries, and even product defect injuries. However, some medical-related injuries may not fall under medical malpractice. For example, injuries caused by faulty medical equipment might fall under product liability laws, while some vaccine injuries are covered under no-fault claims to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional acts with negligence or deviates from their standard practice in a way that causes harm to the patient. This can happen in several ways including, prescribing the wrong or incorrect dosage of drugs, misdiagnosing a patient, or negligence when using surgical tools on a patient.
Medical malpractice can be a complex area of personal injury law. For that reason, you should hire an attorney with years of experience handling these types of cases. Bonville & Howard Attorneys at Law will represent you if you suffered from a vaccine injury, want to file a wrongful death claim for a deceased loved one, or seek damages to cover pain and suffering caused by a product, including drugs and medical devices.
Wrongful death lawsuits occur when the death of a loved one is caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. If someone’s actions made a direct impact on the death of a loved one, Massachusetts law allow family members to recover damages.
In medical malpractice, wrongful death can occur when a healthcare professional acted with negligence or purposeful wrongdoing that caused the victim’s death. The difference between medical malpractice and wrongful death is that medical malpractice can sometimes lead to wrongful death. In those cases, Bonville & Howard Attorneys at Law can represent you.
The state of Massachusetts allows family members to seek compensation for emotional damages, funeral costs, medical expenses, and even lost wages. When filing a wrongful death claim, punitive damages may also be rewarded, which are intended to punish the defendant for their negligence or wrongdoing.
If you are the victim of pain and suffering caused by a vaccine injury, you may be entitled to compensation. When that pain and suffering was caused by the healthcare professional, either from administering the vaccine or from negligence in using the vaccine medical tools, that lawsuit may fall under medical malpractice.
Compensation for vaccine injuries is determined depending upon the extent and duration of your injuries, how it has impacted your ability to work, the cost of medical treatment for the injuries, and the extent of any disability caused by those injuries.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVIC) provides no-fault compensation to victims of covered vaccines. This is an alternative step to filing a lawsuit. It is best to consult with an experience vaccine injury attorney to see whether you should file a claim through the NVIC.
Medical Product Liability vs. Medical Malpractice
When a product causes you injuries, it could have resulted from negligence in design, manufacturing, or selling. Product liability laws in Massachusetts cover products that are dangerous beyond what is expected, or they are dangerous as a direct result of negligence.
If your injuries were sustained from a medical device, it may fall under the category of product liability, as opposed to medical malpractice. Product liability refers to defective products that caused harm resulting from negligence or fault in the chain of supply. This means the product became defective or faulty due to the design, manufacturing of that product, or the product carried insufficient warnings.
There are different claims filed for product liability vs. medical malpractice. Consult with your attorney to see which area your unique case falls under and how best to proceed.
What Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Do For You
Medical malpractice lawyers are personal injury lawyers who specialize in cases where injuries are caused from healthcare professionals. However, not all medical-related cases will fall under medical malpractice. For example, defective medical products, such as X-rays or prescription drugs, could fall under Massachusetts’ product liability laws. Vaccine injuries could be covered under the NVIC, where you would need to file a no-fault claim as opposed to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
With any unique case, it’s best to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer about what you next steps should be. If you believe that your case may fall under vaccine injury claims, product liability claims, or wrongful death claims, Bonville & Howard Attorneys at Law can represent you every step of the way.
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