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Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, recognizes that injured victims in Massachusetts have legal and personal needs that are very different from those of business and corporate clients. We seek to meet those needs by providing our clients with not only a high-quality personal injury attorney, but also with individual attention and emotional support to help them through the difficult time that accompanies a serious injury or death in the family.

At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, the senior partners are personally involved in each case to make sure that each client gets the benefit of our many years of experience in representing injured victims. Our lawyers and nurses meet regularly to discuss the progress of each case and to plan strategies designed to maximize recovery for each client. Unlike large-volume personal injury firms, which adopt an impersonal, assembly-line attitude toward case preparation, our approach to each case is highly individualized and tailored to the specific facts of the case and the particular needs of the client.

While a personal injury lawyer and nurses are familiar and comfortable with the litigation process, we understand that it can be mystifying and intimidating to our clients. We want our clients to know that our personal injury attorneys and nurses are always just a phone call away, and that no question is too small or too insignificant to be answered.

MASSACHUSETTS VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

  • $39 MILLION BIRTH INJURY
    $39 MILLION BIRTH INJURY

    A Boston jury awarded $26.5 million to a young boy who suffered profound brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during his labor. Fetal testing before admission had been entirely normal, and the mother was admitted for induction of labor due to worsening hypertension. ...

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  • $7.2 NEUROLOGY INJURY
    $7.2 NEUROLOGY INJURY

    An Essex County jury has awarded a verdict of $7.2 million, including interest, to a severely brain-damaged seven-year-old North Shore girl and her parents. The girl’s mother entered the hospital shortly after midnight, in labor with her third child. ...

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  • $7.5 FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE
    $7.5 FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE

    A Cambridge jury awarded $7.5 million, including interest, to a 48-year-old man who lost his bladder and developed impotence as a result of delay in the diagnosis of his bladder cancer. The man had been seeing a urologist for more than a year for problems with urinary frequency, burning and discharge. ...

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  • $2 MILLION BIRTH INJURY SETTLEMENT
    $2 MILLION BIRTH INJURY SETTLEMENT

    A young boy whose brain injury was worsened by an obstetrician’s delay in performing a Cesarean section received a $2 million settlement. The infant was already showing signs of distress and possible brain injury when his mother arrived at the hospital. ...

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  • $5 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR PARALYSIS AND DEATH
    $5 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR PARALYSIS AND DEATH

    After four days of jury selection, Crowe & Mulvey negotiated a settlement of $5 million for the family of a 76-year-old physician who was paralyzed after complicated two-stage spinal surgery. ...

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  • $4.7 MILLION BRAIN INJURY
    $4.7 MILLION BRAIN INJURY

    The family of a young girl who suffers from global developmental delays has received $4.77 million, the full amount of the available insurance coverage, to help pay the costs of her education and care. ...

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  • $2.25 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH
    $2.25 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH

    A Providence jury found in favor of the widow of a 66-year-old Rhode Island man, who died in a hospital after becoming progressively dehydrated and developing systemic organ failure. ...

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  • $1 MILLION FAILURE TO PREVENT SUICIDE SETTLEMENT
    $1 MILLION FAILURE TO PREVENT SUICIDE SETTLEMENT

    The husband and son of a 45-year-old woman who killed herself with a large knife will receive $1,000,000 from the family physician who was treating her for anxiety and depression. ...

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  • $1 MILLION MISFILING OF LAB TEST
    $1 MILLION MISFILING OF LAB TEST

    The family of a 42-year-old man has received a settlement of $1 million—the defendant doctor’s entire insurance policy—as a result of his preventable death from colon cancer. ...

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  • $2.2 MILLION PARTIAL AMPUTATION SETTLEMENT
    $2.2 MILLION PARTIAL AMPUTATION SETTLEMENT

    The insurance carriers for an attending physician and the resident she was supposed to be supervising have paid $2.2 million, the full amount of coverage available, to a Boston girl who lost portions of her hands and feet as a result of an improper blood transfusion. ...

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OUR PRACTICE AREAS

We expect and depend on medical professionals and institutions to preserve our health and ease our pain. If these professionals fail to perform their duties in a responsible manner, they may cause pain and suffering that far exceeds the initial problem. Don’t think you have to suffer alone; you can hold them accountable for their actions.

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The joy of childbirth can instantly turn into a nightmare if a doctor or nurse harms your baby during delivery. Your family has a right to expect professionals to exercise care, caution, and the best practices to safely deliver your baby. If they fail to uphold these standards of care, they should be held responsible for their errors.

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While certain injuries can heal quickly without lasting consequences, an injury to your brain is going to be severe much more often and last for the remainder of your life. If you or a loved one were hurt due to the negligent actions of another individual, you may be eligible to receive compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, and future earnings that you must forfeit due to the accident.

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If a busy doctor ignores the signs and symptoms of cancer, you may ultimately pay the price for their negligence. We depend on doctors to properly identify and treat dangerous diseases like cancer, and if they make a serious error, you do not have to suffer the consequences alone. We will help you take the appropriate action in holding them accountable for their actions.

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The loss of a loved one is one of the most devastating events a person can ever have to go through. The pain is doubled when the death is caused by the negligent actions of another party. You have the right to hold the negligent person or party accountable for the untimely loss of your loved one, making sure that you do not have to suffer the consequences alone.

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If you are suffering from an injury or disease, timely action and treatment often makes the difference between a complete recovery and lasting suffering or death. If a medical professional does not make the correct diagnosis the first time, you may be left to deal with the pain, suffering, and adverse effects for the rest of your life. Contact us to discuss your rights following a wrong or late diagnosis.

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When you check into a hospital, you have the reasonable assumption that you will be cared for with the highest regard and medical standard. If a medical care facility fails to properly care for you and you suffer further injury, you may be able to hold them accountable for your pain, suffering, and other damages.

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Perhaps no medical mistake is more terrifying to patients than the idea of anesthesia errors. A mistake made in this process could result in horrifying suffering or even death. You have the right to expect proper treatment at the hands of your doctors, especially with something as inherently sensitive as anesthesia. If a mistake was made and you or a loved one suffered unnecessarily, contact us to learn more about your rights.

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As patients, we trust our doctors and surgeons with our lives, and we enter any procedure believing that they will exercise care when treating us. If a surgeon makes an error, it is you, the patient, who has to suffer the consequences. Don’t let a surgeon’s error ruin your life and livelihood—contact us to discuss the steps you may take to hold them accountable.

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Strokes are a common and potentially life-threatening occurrence for patients of all ages. We depend on our medical professionals to properly identify the signs and symptoms of a potential stroke to hopefully prevent them from happening. If a doctor fails to properly diagnose a stroke, the patient may suffer serious consequences, including extreme pain, suffering, and even death. You don’t have to suffer alone: contact us to learn more about your rights as a patient.

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While advancements in medical science have allowed for more automation and increased precision with surgical procedures, robotic surgery is still susceptible to error. If a robotic procedure goes wrong, the patient may suffer extreme pain and may have to deal with consequences that last far past the procedure’s completion. Our lawyers are here to help you understand your options and hold the doctor and facility accountable for their errors.

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If a radiology test is interpreted incorrectly, the patient may be forced to deal with the grave consequences of the doctor’s error. Misdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis of radiology tests may result in pain, suffering, and even death. We depend on doctors to get the diagnosis right, and they should be held accountable if they fail to do so.

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Both children and adults are at high risk when they undergo cardiac surgery. If doctors and nurses fail to carefully monitor the patient during such procedures, the patient is at even higher risk of further injury or death. We have the depth of knowledge and experience it takes to identify errors in surgery and care, and we can help you hold the professionals accountable for their actions.

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Emergency room doctors are trained to quickly recognize and diagnose conditions and rush the patients to treatment. If a busy ER doctor misdiagnoses a condition, the patient may unnecessarily suffer. Let us help to hold the doctors accountable.

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When you are suffering from an illness or other condition, medicine is often the saving grace to help reduce pain and promote recovery. Taking the wrong medicine or the incorrect dosage, however, may cause irreparable harm or can even result in death. We depend on doctors to properly prescribe medicine to us to make us better, and if they fail to do so, you may be able to hold them accountable for their mistake.

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Don’t let the reckless actions of another person or party cause irreparable harm to your life. If you were hurt in an accident, we have the experience and passion necessary to fight for you. We will help you recover the compensation you deserve following a serious accident.

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All too often, victims of a car accident have to pick up the pieces of their lives without assistance. Medical bills, lost wages, and other costs often add up alongside the physical pain you may feel. If the negligent actions of another person caused your accident, you may be able to hold them responsible for the toll the accident took on your life and livelihood.

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Because of their sheer size and weight, commercial trucks often cause devastating consequences when they have accidents on the roadway. Truck drivers have a responsibility to handle their vehicles with the utmost care for other drivers on the road, and when they fail in that duty, you have the right to hold them and the company they drive for responsible for the damage they cause.

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Construction sites often pose grave danger to others, especially if the site is not properly secure or if the correct warning signage is not in place. Individuals injured on or near a construction site may be eligible for compensation from the construction company for pain, suffering, medical bills, and other damages.

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Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for individuals who visit, whether they are guests, vendors, or customers. If you sustain injuries on someone else’s property due to negligent upkeep or other dangers, we have the experience you need on your side. Contact us to learn more about your rights on someone else’s property.

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It is the duty of every property owner to provide adequate and reasonable security for his or her guests or clients. If someone is hurt due to lack of proper security, the owner of the property may be responsible for the injury or loss.

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Massachusetts has numerous alcohol liability laws in place to help individuals hurt by intoxicated people recover compensation from a responsible secondary party. These laws extend to restaurant owners, bartenders, and private party hosts who may be held accountable for over-serving individuals, allowing intoxicated people to drive, or allowing a drunk person to assault another individual on their premises.

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People have a right to expect the products they buy are safe to consume or use in their daily lives. They can expect that manufacturers properly design and test their products before selling them for use, and failure to do so can result in serious injuries or death. We can hold manufacturers responsible for the injuries their products cause and are ready to help you with your case.

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Slip and fall accidents are common and can range from the mildly embarrassing to devastating and life threatening. What is more tragic is if adequate care for the property or even simple warning signage could have prevented the accident. If a store or property owner failed to take such simple measures to protect you and you were hurt on their premises, you may be able to hold them accountable.

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An accident involving a motorcycle and another vehicle on the roadway can have devastating consequences for the rider. All motorists have a responsibility to watch for motorcycles and exercise caution when driving near them. If a motorcycle accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver injured you, contact us today.

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While certain parts of the body resist impact better than others, the spinal cord is very sensitive, and injuries to it can result in partial or total paralysis. If a spinal cord injury occurred due to the negligent actions of another person, especially if they could have prevented or avoided it, the injured party may have cause to take legal action.

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Drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable caution when driving through intersections, crosswalks, and near the sidewalk. They must behave in a reasonable manner to prevent injuring pedestrians, and if they fail to do so, they may face responsibility for the person’s injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

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Even though more and more cities are launching efforts to help bicyclists share the road with motorists, the number of accidents involving the two has increased. These accidents can result in serious injury due to the lack of protection for the cyclist and the speed and weight of the cars involved. Cyclists should be able to share the road, and if you are hurt in an accident with a car, you may be able to hold the driver accountable for their reckless actions.

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Types of Damages You Are Entitled to Recover From a Personal Injury Case

It is important to acknowledge that injured party’s actual damages could be reduced or entirely eliminated if he or she is partially or mostly responsible for his or her own injuries. However if someone else is more than 50 percent responsible for causing your injuries or your loved one’s death, then you are entitled to compensation. Damages you could be compensated for include:

  • Medical bills – includes past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages – income lost from from time spent away from work
  • Pain and suffering – for your emotional and physical trauma
  • Punitive damages – designed to punish the defendant for misconduct

Punitive damages are rare in medical malpractice suits because the vast majority of injuries in these types of cases were caused by error or simple negligence rather than intentional misconduct. If you have been injured as a result of medical error or negligence, you still have the right to compensatory damages. A skilled attorney can calculate the amount of costs associated with your injuries – both economic and noneconomic.

How to Successfully Prove Your Medical Malpractice Claim

The US legal system can be complicated and medical malpractice suits can be the most complex. That is why hiring an attorney skilled in taking on the medical industry can achieve the best chance of successfully winning your claim.

To win a medical malpractice suit, the injured patient must prove the four legal elements listed below.

  1. The existence of a legal duty on the part of the physician to provide care or treatment to the patient – This legal obligation that exists toward the patient begins whenever the professional relationship is established between the patient and health care provider. This is the easiest legal requirement to establish.
  2. A breach of this duty by the treating medial care provider’s failure to adhere to the standards of care accepted by the profession – Standards can differ among jurisdictions and can be more difficult to establish.
  3. That the breach of duty caused the injury to the patient – perhaps the most critical element to prove. The injured plaintiff must show a direct relationship between the misconduct of the medical care provider and the subsequent injury. The plaintiff may also just be able to show a sufficient relationship between the breach of duty and the injury.
  4. The existence of damages that the patient suffered as a result of the injury – The amount of damages include lost wages, further medical bills, and other costs associated with the injuries.

The additional stress of taking legal action against the parties responsible for the death or injuries of you or your loved one may be overwhelming if you are trying to recover from your trauma. Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can handle that legal burden and take the difficult task of pursuing justice for you while you heal.

Mistakes Healthcare Providers Make that Cause Injury to Patients

Each patients case is unique with many different issues that affect the outcome of the patient’s health. A variety of mistakes can be made by doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, hospital staff and technicians. Some common errors alleged in malpractice suits include:

  • Avoidable delay in treatment
  • Antibiotic misuse
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Emergency department mistakes
  • Failure to use indicated tests
  • Failure to act on test results
  • Failure to take proper precautions
  • Hospital negligence
  • Mismanagement of diagnostic testing
  • Medication mix-ups
  • Improper medication dosage
  • Prescribing the wrong medicine
  • Miscommunication or inadequate communication
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to properly diagnose
  • Inadequate patient preparation before treatment
  • Mistreatment
  • Slip and falls
  • Surgical errors
  • Technical medical error
  • Inadequate monitoring after a procedure
  • Too much bed rest
  • Premature discharge

When the healthcare providers you trust make errors and fall short of providing you or your loved one with the best care, you could face serious complications that can affect you for life. You are legally entitled to hold those accountable for their action or their inaction. You deserve justice.

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice

What is medical malpractice?

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical malpractice is
professional negligence, either by act or omission by a medical care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in that field of the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient.

This concept of medical responsibility dates back to ancient times. It is a long-held belief that every person who enters into a learned profession undertakes a responsibility to exercise of a reasonable degree of care. Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has a strong conviction that all patients have the right to expect that their medical care providers will give them the best treatment possible. We strongly believe that those who have suffered the consequences of professional negligence should not bear the costs on their own.

What if I didn’t immediately know that malpractice occurred?

The Commonwealth imposes a three-year statute of limitations – or deadline – to file medical malpractice claims from the time the injured party learns, or reasonably should have learned, that he or she has been harmed.

There is, however, a bar for initiating those claims, which is no more than seven years. There are exceptions to the seven-year deadline, such as for minors or if the malpractice claim stems from a foreign object left inside the body as a result of surgery.

Calling an attorney as soon as possible after you learn that you have been harmed by a medical practitioner will increase your chances to get the outcome you deserve. The legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP will act quickly to evaluate your case, gather your evidence and file your claim on time.

Will my case go to trial?

Medical malpractice suits are relatively common occurrence in the United States, however most cases, as with general personal injury cases, rarely go to trial. Most medical malpractice claims are resolved through discovery and negotiation. The experienced negotiators at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP know how to take on teams of insurance adjusters and lawyers from large medical industries and will advocate aggressively on your behalf.

Medical Malpractice in Massachusetts

For the most part, medical malpractice cases in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts follow a similar pattern to many other states.

  • According to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2009 study, the number of patient care physicians in the US in 2009 was highest in Massachusetts with 40 per 10,000. The New England states were in the highest quartile of 27 or more physicians per 10,000 people.
  • Truecostofhealthcare.org found that Massachusetts medical care providers ranked fourth among states in paying the highest annual per capita medical costs for malpractice claims.
  • The state caps noneconomic damages at $500,000, except for catastrophic injuries, but commonly sees significantly greater jury awards.
  • No recovery for damages will be available if a party is more than 50 percent responsible for the injuries.
  • The injured party is required to submit an offer of proof to a per-trial tribunal in order to move forward with a malpractice claim in Massachusetts.
  • A recent John Hopkins study suggests that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for over 250,000 deaths per year.

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP knows how daunting the legal process must seem to someone inexperienced with facing teams of lawyers from large insurance companies and medical industries. Let our team of experienced professionals negotiate and litigate on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery.

Our personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys and nurses are available to you to answer all of your questions, no matter how insignificant. We don’t charge you until we win compensation for your situation. Even if we determine that we can’t take your case, the evaluation will be no cost to you. To speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your situation and how we may be able to help you, contact our offices today.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why a Personal Injury Claim?
    Why Should I Bring a Personal Injury Claim?

    If someone causes you harm, the law entitles you to compensation from those responsible for your injuries. ...

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  • What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
    What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Traumatic brain injuries are usually sustained when an individual’s head is struck by a sudden and strong force, or when an individual’s brain is pierced by an object. ...

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  • What is Medical Malpractice?
    What Actions Qualify as Medical Malpractice?

    There are many different behaviors that could constitute medical malpractice, but most of them fall within one of several broad categories. These categories include: ...

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  • Is it Ever Too Late to Bring a Claim?
    Is it Ever Too Late to Bring a Claim?

    There are statutes of limitations, which limit the time for bringing claims. For most claims, these statutes of limitations may be as short as three years, although there are several exceptions and notice requirements that may be shorter or longer. ...

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  • What if My Diagnosis Was Delayed?
    What if My Diagnosis Was Delayed?

    Delayed diagnoses, unfortunately, affect thousands of people all across the United States and can leave victims with serious physical and financial consequences. ...

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  • What if I’m Not Sure Malpractice Occurred?
    What if I’m not sure malpractice occurred?

    You’re not alone. Filing a legal claim seems daunting, and many people shy away from pursuing legal action because they are unsure if they have a claim or not. ...

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  • Should I Sue for Lead in a Toy?
    If there was lead in a toy, should I sue?

    Lead-based toys are extremely dangerous, and even a small amount of lead product in a toy can be unsafe, especially if ingested. ...

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  • What are Birth Injury Lawsuits?
    Which birth injuries might a lawsuit cover?

    If your baby has suffered a birth injury at the hands of an irresponsible or reckless medical practitioner, you might be due financial compensation. ...

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  • What is Fetal Heart Monitoring?
    What is Fetal Heart Monitoring?

    During labor and delivery, doctors monitor an unborn child’s heartbeat in order to ensure that the baby’s heart is functioning properly. ...

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  • Do pedestrians have the same rights as drivers?
    Do pedestrians have the same rights as drivers?

    Because they’re using different modes of transportation, drivers and pedestrians may not explicitly share the same rights. ...

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  • Should I Just Pay for Costs Myself if I’m Able to?
    Should I just pay for costs myself if I’m able to?

    Some people are financially capable of covering the high costs of injury after being injured by another person, and don’t want to bother with the legal process. ...

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  • Was I the Victim of Construction Site Negligence?
    Was I the victim of construction site negligence?

    You may have been. Construction site negligence takes many forms, but might manifest itself in the following ways: ...

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  • What if I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
    What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

    We understand that most people who have suffered a serious injury or death in the family cannot afford to pay hourly legal fees or large expenses. Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, represents all of its clients on a contingent-fee basis. ...

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  • What is Informed Consent?
    What is informed consent?

    Informed consent is a legal term which can be understood as a patient’s ability to provide consent to a medical procedure with the full knowledge necessary for an appropriate decision to be made. ...

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Amy and Bob completely remodeled their home to accommodate their paralyzed son and his wheelchair.

Education

Rose could afford to go to college and support herself.

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