Though giving birth should be a momentous life event filled with happiness, it can also be nerve-wracking. Expecting mothers put full trust behind their doctor's expertise and experience, literally putting their and their baby's life in the doctor's hands. Often, this trust is well placed and the baby is delivered safely and healthily. Every now and then, though, mistakes are made and the mother, the baby, or both are seriously injured or killed.
The birth of a child is supposed to be a time of happiness and excitement. When medical professionals conduct their duties appropriately, it usually is for mothers. However, birth is a delicate procedure that requires constant monitoring and a close examination of the expecting mother's medical history. Failing to perform any of their duties in accordance with the standard of care, doctors and nurses can cause life-altering injuries to the expecting mother or the baby.
Though certain medical conditions may make many Massachusetts residents fearful, the fact that experienced, educated doctors populate our cities and towns should put them at ease. Unfortunately, all too often doctors make mistakes that can cause serious personal injury or death. A new report shows where doctors are falling short, and how devastating it can be for patients.
Typically, late night and early morning roads have less traffic than they do during the day. However, this does not mean that car accidents are less likely. A negligent driver can strike anytime, at any place. And when a distracted driver causes a car crash, the results can be deadly.
Massachusetts residents go to the hospital with the expectation of being properly treated. In order to obtain this effective care, a doctor must first accurately diagnose the condition from which the patient is suffering, and then check up on that diagnosis. If there is a doctor error in making the diagnosis or in following up with the condition, the result can be tragic. A recent jury verdict in a medical malpractice case shows just how damaging these mistakes can be for patients.
Living in a time when people commute to work, school, family, and social gatherings, many Massachusetts residents live on busy roads. This single fact can make crossing the road very dangerous. This danger is amplified when a negligent driver, who may be inattentive or impaired, barrels down the road. A sad accident in Salem shows just how tragic these circumstances can be for pedestrians.
A recent Bridgewater accident shined a light on the perils of texting and driving. The Bridgewater car crash occurred when a man, while texting, crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision and hit two other vehicles. The texting driver was injured in the wreck and a driver of one of the other vehicles also suffered injuries.
A car accident in Attleboro has left two injured and one facing DUI charges. Police say the accused 20-year old texted a friend saying she was drunk, then climbed behind the wheel. Later, the accused moved her car onto the wrong side of the road and slammed head-on into an oncoming vehicle. The two occupants of the second vehicle suffered broken bones. Police claim the wrong-way driver had a blood alcohol content level twice the legal limit.
Holiday weekends usually bring more traffic onto the roads of Massachusetts and unfortunately this can bring a spike in accidents. Many of these car accidents are caused by drunk driving, excessive speeding, and distracted driving. One such accident recently occurred on the Massachusetts turnpike.
The Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has recently published an article addressing the growing concerns about medication safety in nursing homes. Unfortunately, medical malpractice involving pharmaceutical errors is particularly prevalent among this vulnerable population of individuals currently residing at long-term care facilities in Massachusetts and across the country.