Medical professionals are expected to know what they are doing, and to do it well. That is why doctors have to go through years of extensive learning and immersive training. However, despite how much training a doctor receives or how great his or her reputation, mistakes can still occur that can cause unsuspecting individuals serious harm.
The birth of a child should be a momentous and joyous event in your life, as well as the lives of those who love and support you. In fact, many Massachusetts families, like yours, eagerly await the new addition, and make many plans for the child to come. Yet, despite all the planning, the health of your newborn baby is often dependent on decisions made by medical professionals at the time of delivery. Though many births are successful, resulting in an injury-free event, far too many still result in birth injuries.
There are a lot of documents that can help you with your claim. When it comes to actually proving medical malpractice, your medical records may be especially critical. These documents will indicate your treatment, which an attorney can then analyze to see if that care fell within the acceptable standard of care. If it did not, and you suffered harm as a result, then negligence may be found.
State and local law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with local agencies and nonprofits, work hard to curtail drunk driving in Massachusetts. Though these efforts certainly make a difference, for the foreseeable future, intoxicated drivers will continue to climb behind the wheel and take to the streets, putting other motorists and pedestrians at extreme risk of harm. As one recent car crash in nearby Winthrop highlights, these accidents can be devastating for a victim.
It is no surprise to hear that the severity of a car crash can run the gamut. No one may be injured in minor fender-benders and bumper-busters, while other moderate accidents can result in bumps, bruises, and broken bones. Yet others can be more severe, leaving victims permanently disabled or dead. Those who suffer injuries in a car wreck, no matter the extent, can be subjected to physical, emotional, and financial losses.
As discussed last week on the blog, medical malpractice can take many forms. Though we often think of medical malpractice in the form of misdiagnosis and surgical errors, mistakes in prescribing medication can be just as harmful, if not more so. Those subjected to a prescription error can suffer significant harm, including a worsened medical condition or death. But what can you do if you have been hurt by one of these mishaps?
Medical malpractice can take many forms. A doctor may fail to diagnose a medical condition, operate on the wrong body part, leave a surgical instrument in an incision, or maliciously cause harm to a patient. While these are all certainly very common forms of malpractice, prescription errors can also cause serious harm to unsuspecting patients.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be tremendously complicated matters. Legal precedence, settlement negotiation, and witness examination and cross examination are just a few issues that must be addressed. In some medical malpractice cases, expert testimony becomes a pivotal piece of the claim. Sound expert testimony either for or against a plaintiff's assertions can be very persuasive to a judge and a jury. Therefore, it is important that Massachusetts residents familiarize themselves with how these experts' claims are assessed, and that their attorneys also know how to do so.
Massachusetts residents should be able to go about their everyday lives without fear of harm. Unfortunately, as most of us are probably aware, this is not reality. Instead, people find themselves at risk of being harmed at some of their most vulnerable times. Walking, for instance, should be a relatively safe activity. Yet, when crossing a road, it only takes the blink of an eye for an errant driver to turn that routine walk into a living nightmare.
Under what are known as dram shop laws, an individual who is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver may be able to hold an alcohol vender liable. However, doing so can be quite difficult, as it is often hard to prove that the vendor had certain knowledge. For example, did the vendor know the individual was intoxicated before serving him or her? These types of questions can be complex, and acquiring the evidence to support an answer can be pivotal in a civil lawsuit.