Last week on the blog we discussed medication errors and just how common they can be in the hospital and pharmacy settings. Unfortunately, those who are subjected to a doctor mistake like a medication error are often left with a worsened medical condition. In some instances, the error can even be fatal. On top of the obvious physical harm that can be done, these victims might also suffer from excessive financial and emotional loss.
Every day, Massachusetts' construction workers put themselves at risk for the sake of their job. They often climb to extreme heights, work near moving vehicles, and operate heavy and dangerous machinery. Fortunately, most of the time, these workers are kept safe thanks to workplace laws and regulations. In some instances, though, mishaps occur and workers are left injured. When this happens, a victim could have a long road to recovery.
Our last blog post discussed times when your workers' compensation benefits can be reduced. This is just one of a whole host of problems that can arise during the workers' compensation recovery process. Everything from an initial denial to complications during appeal and cessation of benefits occur far too often, leaving Massachusetts' residents stranded financially, not knowing where to turn.
Worker's compensation can be a real life-saver. Injured workers may struggle to survive financially when injured on the job, and workers' compensation can help cover lost wages and medical expenses. Yet, the workers' compensation system in Massachusetts is very complicated. Fully understanding it can be difficult, but is imperative to ensure individuals are receiving the fullest compensation to which they are entitled.
Yes, you can. Massachusetts law allows individuals who have been disfigured by a workplace injury or illness to recover a one-time payment. However, in order to recover compensation for this injury, the worker must show that he or she has suffered disfigurement or scarring to his or her hands, neck, or face. The recoverable amount is dependent upon the severity of the scarring or disfigurement. Additionally, it is important to note that this recovery in independent from any recovery for medical expenses and/or lost wages.
Yes, depending on the circumstances. The law requires medical professionals to educate you about your medical condition, available treatment options, and the risks associated with each course of action. This information must be provided in a way that is easy to understand so that you can be educated enough to make an informed decision about your medical treatment. Then, when you choose a course of action, you are deemed to have given "informed consent."
In our previous post we discussed an instance of medical malpractice that left a woman dead. While that was a truly sad event, Massachusetts residents may be even more heartbroken to hear that these instances are far from uncommon. And if you are injured by or lose a loved one to medical negligence, you are likely dealing with a complex set of emotions that include sadness and anger.
When Massachusetts residents are hurt by their doctor or a nurse, they usually at least want an apology. While one might think that an apology is an admission of guilt, the medical professional's employer, the hospital, might think otherwise.
Massachusetts residents who have been hurt in a car accident know that it can drastically change their lives. They may be left physically disabled, unable to work and emotionally traumatized. They might also incur significant financial losses by losing wages and racking up medical bills. Once a crash victim has the time to focus on his or her legal case he or she might wonder for what damages he or she can recover compensation. Hopefully this article will help shed light on the matter.
This blog often discusses malpractice and how damaging it can be to unsuspecting patients. While a lawsuit often helps these victims recoup their losses and hold negligent medical professionals accountable, it may be difficult to understand the legal process. Many Massachusetts residents know that negligence must be shown, but how exactly is that done?