Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Nashua, New Hampshire
We trust doctors and other medical professionals to care for us when we’re at our most vulnerable.
Unfortunately, not all medical practitioners are worthy of this trust. Far too often, people in New Hampshire are seriously injured or killed by medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one was the victim of medical malpractice, contact Gottesman & Hollis, P.A. to discuss your case. Our skilled lawyers represent victims of medical malpractice in lawsuits for money damages, as well as the survivors of those killed by medical malpractice in wrongful death actions.
We represent victims of medical malpractice in Nashua, New Hampshire and the surrounding areas. To speak with a New Hampshire medical malpractice attorney, call (603) 506-4600 today.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to competently perform his or her medical duties and harms a patient.
Proving Medical Malpractice
To establish medical malpractice, you must prove the following elements:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed;
- The doctor was negligent;
- The doctor’s negligence caused your injury; and
- You suffered harm as a result of your injury.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney in New Hampshire can help you understand whether you have a valid legal claim against a doctor or other healthcare provider.
Because establishing medical malpractice can be very difficult, it is important to consult with an attorney who has experienced handling medical malpractice cases.
New Hampshire’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice
You must comply with the New Hampshire statute of limitations for a medical malpractice case.
These claims proceed according to the same rules that apply for a personal injury matter, which means you must file a lawsuit within three years after you suffered harm because of a medical mistake. If you don’t, you cannot recover compensation for your losses.
However, the law recognizes that you may not know about a medical malpractice injury until long after it occurs. For this reason, New Hampshire follows the “discovery rule,” which our NH medical malpractice attorneys can explain in detail.
Generally, the rule means the clock on the statute of limitations doesn’t start until:
- You discover the bodily harm caused by a medical error; OR,
- You reasonably should have discovered your injuries through the exercise of reasonable diligence.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Many situations can lead to a medical malpractice claim. The most common medical malpractice claims fall into one of the following categories:
- FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE. Failure to properly diagnose a patient’s medical problems can lead to devastating results. If a competent doctor would have discovered your illness or made a different diagnosis, which in turn would have led to a better health outcome, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.
- FAILURE TO WARN OF KNOWN RISKS. Prior to a procedure or implementing a course of treatment, doctors must warn patients of known risks – this is known as the duty of informed consent. If a patient would not have chosen to undergo the procedure or course of treatment having been informed of these risks, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice if the patient was injured by the procedure or course of treatment.
- IMPROPER OR INADEQUATE TREATMENT. If a doctor fails to treat a patient in a competent fashion, the patient may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Similarly, if a doctor selects the appropriate course of treatment but administers it incompetently, the patient may be able to sue.