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March 2019 Archives

Misdiagnosis as leading reason for medical malpractice claims

In the popular mind, severing the wrong limb or leaving a surgical instrument in the patient are probably the two most common stereotypes of medical malpractice. Two recent studies by insurance companies that insure physicians against malpractice claims provide information that rebuts these stereotypes. In fact, both studies found that mistaken diagnosis and not some form of erroneous procedure is the leading reason for medical malpractice claims.

Boston contractor sued by Department of Labor for retaliation

Massachusetts has a comprehensive workers' compensation system that is designed to compensate individuals who suffer injuries or illnesses that result from conditions in the workplace. The system requires an injured employee to file a claim before benefits can be paid. In order for the workers' compensation system to work, employees must feel free to report an injury or illness. For that reason, both federal and state statutes impose penalties on employers who discourage or deter their employees from reporting injuries. The United States Department of Labor has recently commenced a lawsuit against a Boston contractor that is alleged to have taken retaliatory actions against an employee who filed an application for workers' compensation benefits after falling from a ladder in 2017.

Preventable nursing home elopement leads to tragedy

One of the most frightening moments an adult child faces when a parent has dementia is when the parent goes missing. You may have stopped by your parent's house to find the doors open and the stove on, or someone contacted you after finding your parent wandering in a section of town where he or she should not have been. These moments are often the catalyst for a family seeking a nursing facility with appropriate care for patients with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

One worker killed, two injured by falling scaffolding at MIT

Scaffolding is a common sight on most construction projects. It enables workers to construct exterior walls and install windows and balconies. Scaffolding can also pose a significant hazard for workers if any part of it should become detached or should collapse. A recent construction accident on the campus of MIT in Cambridge shows how devastating such an accident can be.

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