My brother in law recently died after a car accident, we’re considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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My brother in law was involved in a serious car accident in which he suffered several broken ribs, among other injuries.  He was taken to a Boston hospital and about 35 hours after being admitted to the hospital, one of his lungs collapsed.  Shortly thereafter he had a massive heart attack, and died.  The admitting doctors did not follow up on indication of internal bleeding.  My sister and her family are all of course distraught over his sudden death and I am gathering information for her regarding filing a medical malpractice suit.  Can  you please tell us what to consider when hiring a medical malpractice attorney and what can we expect?  My sister has been through a lot and not sure she can handle all that would be involved.  Thank you.

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

When hiring a medical malpractice attorney it is important to ascertain that the attorney has experience in the field.  Medical malpractice is somewhat of a specialty and not something generally handled by an attorney with general experience.  In order to proceed, an attorney would have to obtain an opinion of a medical doctor that the treatment that your brother-in-law received did not meet the standard of care of the profession and that this care resulted in his death. A law suit would then likely need to be filed by your brother-in-laws estate. The suit would likely last for several years, but would not require much assistance form your brother-in-laws family. 

Our experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys handle personal injury and wrongful death claims in Boston and throughout the Greater Boston area including the communities of Braintree, Brighton, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Dedham, Dorchester, Everett, Framingham,  Mattapan, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Quincy, Waltham, Weymouth, and Woburn.