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Persistence Pays Off: Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury

They do say “never say die” and that applies quite neatly to the average plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, but perhaps especially to medical malpractice cases. Personal injury cases typically take a long time to get resolved, and in many cases it ends in a settlement out of court. Medical malpractice cases, however, are notorious for taking much longer and having a much lower success rate than any other type of personal injury claims.

Perhaps it is because people tend to cling to the belief that a person who studied a minimum of 10 years can make preventable mistakes in treatment, and have faith in their oath to “do no harm.”

Unfortunately, it happens much more frequently than anyone would like to believe or know and the hapless victims or their families face an uphill battle.

According to an investigation into the medical malpractice records, a measly 654 out of the 16,000 plus cases brought against a doctor ended in a settlement and only 6 doctors ever received disciplinary action from a state medical board. The remaining cases never reached trial or resulted in a verdict for the defendant. In other words, these medical malpractice victims never saw justice for their wrongs.

But hope floats.

In 2014, two notable verdicts were read for the plaintiffs in Massachusetts, resulting in awards in excess of $4 million for each case. The cases were based on wrongful deaths that occurred in 2005 and 2006, so the wheels of justice still went slowly. But thanks in a large part to the persistence and experience of their respective Massachusetts personal injury lawyers, the plaintiffs finally emerged victorious.

If you or an immediate family member suffered serious injury or death because of preventable medical errors or other negligent acts, don’t be fazed by the odds. With the help of a persistent and experienced personal injury lawyer, like the ones at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, you can also get justice.