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.
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.
Going to the emergency room can be scary. Yet, the experience and training of emergency room personnel should leave patients feeling confident that they are in good hands. Sadly, medical professionals often breach that trust. Bad decisions by doctors and nurses can cause catastrophic harm to unsuspecting patients, sometimes resulting in death.
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.
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.
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.
Receiving proper and adequate medical treatment is dependent upon many factors. Doctors must conduct thorough examinations, consult a patient's personal and familial medical history, and accurately diagnose a patient's condition. When a doctor fails in any of these areas, serious injuries or death may result. Massachusetts residents who are harmed by a doctor error should act on their legal rights.
Our nation's veterans put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. In an attempt to pay the enormous debt we owe these brave men and women, certain benefits are extended to these service members. Amongst them is care at VA hospitals. Though these veterans deserve the best medical care possible, sometimes that sadly is not the case. And the results can be tragic.