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NH Medical Malpractice Law

The medical malpractice lawyers at Upton & Hatfield represent people who have suffered serious, permanent injuries as a result of medical malpractice in New Hampshire. Cases involve such things as:

  • Failure to diagnose cancer and/or delay in the diagnosis
  • Failure to diagnose a stroke and/or delay in the diagnosis
  • Birth injuries
  • Death
  • Severe, disabling, catastrophic injuries

Medical malpractice is a unique area of the law, and our firm has the resources and experience to handle this type of complex, expensive litigation. We employ attorneys, nurses, and specialized personnel who concentrate on malpractice litigation. We have extensive experience litigating these cases, and trying the cases to a jury. We also have the negotiating experience and judgment to obtain the best possible results for our clients.

Heather M. Burns, a partner in the firm, has significant experience handling, negotiating, settling and handling jury trials of medical malpractice cases and other civil lawsuits representing aggrieved patients and other individuals. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of medical malpractice.

Michael S. McGrath is also a partner at the firm. He has been a trial attorney for over nineteen years. During that time he has represented plaintiffs exclusively in both personal injury and medical malpractice cases in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Association for Justice and a lecturer at legal continuing education seminars.

Significant Decisions/Transactions

Representative Matters

  • Harvey and Carmen Bergeron v. Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic

    Merrimack County Superior Court; Medical negligence, Verdict: $1,415,000 to the Plaintiff, Harvey Bergeron, and $400,000 to his spouse. 

  • Noel and Adam Jodoin v. Ellen Johnson, M.D. et al.

    Rockingham County Superior Court; Medical Negligence; Verdict: Five Million Dollars ($5M). 

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