With the arrival of spring, many Massachusetts residents may find themselves outside more often. Unfortunately, whether one is riding a bike, waking, or jogging, he or she may unknowingly be at risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. Sadly, too many of Massachusetts' drivers are negligent behind the wheel, and when these individuals cause a pedestrian-car accident, the injuries can be severe.
Three Massachusetts workers were recently injured in a construction accident. According to reports, a roof fell inside the 33-story building where they were working, causing several floors to fall on top of one another in a chain reaction. There were 120 employees inside the building when the incident occurred, and, luckily, the three who were injured suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. Yet, this does not mean their injuries are not serious. One victim suffered a head injury, one injured his wrist and the third victim suffered minor injuries - specifics about the minor injuries are unknown. OSHA is investigating the accident.
The time when a mother welcomes her new baby into the world is supposed to be filled with excitement and happiness. Unfortunately, though, doctors sometimes make mistakes that can turn those moments into horrifying nightmares. A doctor or hospital error can leave a child permanently disabled or dead, and a mother may face a similar fate. With lives on the line, it is important for medical malpractice victims to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions in order to protect future patients.
Unfortunately, drunk drivers can be on Massachusetts' roads at any time. These drivers can also be anybody. Mothers, workers and teens can all be drunk behind the wheel, posing serious hazards to other motorists. With the existence of these factors comes the sad reality that motorists often cannot tell who is driving intoxicated until it is too late and a car accident has occurred. When this happens, accident victims should take the steps necessary to recover their damages and to hold the negligent drivers who harmed them accountable.
Medical malpractice changes lives. One woman, who was once able to run her own business and exercise daily, now struggles handling everyday tasks and has lost her company all due to medical malpractice. The mishap occurred after the woman underwent an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, when her wound developed painful burning, clots and drainage. Though her surgeon cleaned the area and prescribed medication, he failed to refer the woman to the appropriate specialist, even though she had asked him to on numerous occasions.
Car accidents can happen at any time, taking unsuspecting individuals by surprise. This happened recently in Boston when a man pumping gas was pinned between his car and a post after another car hit his vehicle. The victim was stuck for about 10 minutes before he was freed. He was taken to the hospital with serious leg injuries. The errant driver claimed the accident was a mistake as she meant to hit the brake pedal, but instead pushed the gas.
It is a story no one wants to hear. A doctor with a history of botched surgeries and alleged drug use being allowed to continue his practice. That was the scenario that has led to a pile of lawsuits against one back surgeon who is alleged to have left many of his patients permanently disabled or dead.
Recently, one Massachusetts DPW worker was killed and another was injured in what officials are calling a "freak accident." The employees were dispatched to deal with a broken water line when the accident occurred. According to the Middlesex District Attorney, a backhoe was accidentally moved forward, causing the backhoe's stabilizer to strike the two workers. The injured worker remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Parents should be excited when they welcome a new child into the world. But in order for that happiness to come into fruition, doctors must safely deliver the baby. Failing to follow proper procedures and failing to properly monitor an expecting mother's condition can be disastrous for both the unborn child and the mother. Children born in these situations may suffer serious injuries including permanent disability, and mothers may also be irreparably harmed.
It is tempting and even logical to think that hospitals provide adequate, effective and safe care to their patients. While it is true that many go to the hospital and come out in better shape, the fact remains that others find themselves the victim of medical malpractice. These institutions, often thought of as saving lives, actually pose the eight leading cause of death: hospital mistakes and hospital acquired infections. A study conducted by the independent hospital watchdog group Leapfrog, found one in four patients suffer some form of hospital-initiated harm.