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Worcester Personal Injury Blog

Medical malpractice claims and the dangers of robotic surgery

Robots have been assisting surgeons in the operation room since the 1980s, but as technology has advanced robots are being used to perform more complex operations. As Da Vinci Robots have come under fire for many medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits, patients considering robotic surgery should be aware of the associated risks.

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Did you suffer a serious injury in a slip and fall?

You probably make sure to watch where you walk when you know that the potential for falling exists. However, while in a store, you are probably too busy looking for what you need to buy to pay close attention. Besides, you don't expect something on the floor to cause you to slip and fall.

Once you hit the floor, you may have immediately realized that something was terribly wrong and you couldn't get up under your own power. When you decided to go shopping, you more than likely didn't anticipate leaving the store in an ambulance. Now, you may face some time in a hospital bed and a long recovery. As you lie in your hospital bed, you may wonder how you will pay your medical bills and provide for you and your family until you can get back on your feet.

What benefits are involved with workers' compensation?

Suffering a serious injury is not something an employee thinks about when they go to work every day. However, workplace injuries are a reality in all work settings. Whether one works in a notoriously risky position, such as construction, or works in an office, an employee faces many potential risks and dangers. Thus, if a worker is injured, they likely have many questions, especially if they require much medical attention and cannot work for an extended period of time.

In these cases, this is where workers' compensation insurance steps in. If an employer purchased this coverage for employment-related injuries and illnesses, then an injured employee could seek benefits from this coverage. In most cases, injured employees can receive workers' compensation benefits no matter who was at fault. The idea is that this insurance coverage is used to preclude the injured employee from suing their employer.

Taking action when birth injury harms your child

We are vulnerable. Even lives that have just begun are not safe from harms and dangers. It is a sad reality to think that an unborn or newborn baby could endure harm from the negligence of medical professionals. Whether it's improper care during pregnancy or mistakes made during the labor and delivery process, birth injuries could alter the life of a newborn the moment they are born.

Complications with a breech delivery

When you discover that you are pregnant, you never expect to encounter any risks or complications. You think about the joy of your impending birth, expecting that you will have a normal and healthy delivery. Unfortunately, normal complications can arise. This can place parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere in a difficult predicament. For mothers-to-be who are told that their baby is breech, this often means planning and preparing for a C-section. However, some doctors may attempt to do a vaginal birth.

When breech babies are birthed through the birth canal, this could give rise to birth injuries. While an Ob-Gyn might attempt to place your baby in position so you can deliver in the normal position, this is not always successful.

Why have vehicle-related fatalities risen?

We all have our preferred way of getting around. Depending on the time of year, residents in Massachusetts and elsewhere may be more compelled to get to their destinations on foot, by bike or in a motor vehicle. No matter what form of transportation an individual uses, he or she is faced with certain risks. These risks stem from motorists not being attentive to their surroundings or being reckless. Such conduct is often the culprit of a serious or even fatal collision.

Why have vehicle-related fatalities risen? Many would assume this is based on increased city populations and the increasing desire to constantly go or be somewhere. While this does play a role in the growing statistics, this is not the answer that captures the entire situation.

Man injured when attempting to cross the road with family

With holiday celebrations in full swings, residents in Massachusetts and elsewhere have a busy schedule completing all their holiday activities. While this typically includes decorating the house, buying gifts, attending parties and going to family gatherings, it also means traveling to places to see the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Because of that, many individuals and families find themselves outside walking near traffic. While it is not uncommon for motorists to encounter pedestrians, they may not be prepared to deal with the influx of pedestrians during this time of year.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian accident recently occurred in Holliston. Preliminary reports suggest that the accident happened when a 39-year-old man from Worcester was at the Fatima Shrine on route 126 visiting the Christmas light display and attempted to cross the road. During this attempt, however, the man was struck by a SUV.

When accident injury leads to medical malpractice, who is liable?

When another vehicle careened across the solid yellow line and slammed into your car, you may have said a quick prayer and hoped for the best as you heard a loud crash. The next thing you remember is waking up on a gurney in the back of an ambulance as rescue workers transported you to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment. Thankfully, they told you that your injuries were not life threatening even though you had lost consciousness for a little while upon impact in the collision.

The next few days probably consisted of medical visits, physical therapy appointments and perhaps, even surgery as doctors, nurses and others strove to help you recover from your injuries. The only problem is that things got worse instead of better. You knew something wasn't right when you started to feel pain and nausea not long after your surgery. You strongly suspect medical negligence as a causal factor in the infection or other subsequent injuries you suffered. Your question now is how to determine who is liable for your post-accident injuries?

Examining current dog bite statistics

It is very commonplace for residents in Massachusetts and elsewhere to own a dog. A dog can be a great companion and the perfect family pet. While dog owners understand that responsibilities come with dog ownership, these responsibilities go beyond caring for the dog. It includes the duty of protecting visitors and the general public from being harmed by his or her dog. Failure to take steps to uphold this duty could result in a dog owner facing liability if a dog bite or dog attack occurs.

Based on current statistics by the Center for Disease Control, roughly 4.5 million dog bites happen each year in the U.S. Of these bites, around 900,000 become infected. And based on the current population of the nation, this means that 1 out of every 72 people will suffer a dog bite in 2017.

Guiding you through a medical malpractice action

We all need to see a doctor at one point or another. Whether it is for a yearly check up, because you are ill, were injured in an accident or are suffering from a medical condition, we rely on medical professionals to provide us with adequate information regarding our health and best course of treatment. Unfortunately, medical professionals are prone to errors just like any other person; however, these errors could cost a patient his or her health or life.

When we require medical care, this is a scary situation. We trust the conclusions and decisions of our doctors, thinking that is something went wrong, it was just a risk associated with the treatment or surgery. However, when a patient is faced with unfavorable outcomes following medical care, this could be due to mistakes or errors made by a medical professional.

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