Lawrence two-vehicle collision kills one

An accident involving a motorcycle, two pedestrians, and a car on Route 114 near the North Andover line in Lawrence on Thursday, September 22 at around 12:30 a.m. resulted in the death of one person and injured two others.

According to preliminary investigations, 64-year-old Methuen resident William Bickford had been driving a motorcycle along Route 114 when he was hit by a car, causing him to crash into two pedestrians who were walking along a nearby sidewalk.

Bickford was declared dead at the scene of the accident while the two pedestrians, a man and a woman in their 20s, were transported to area hospitals to receive medical attention for their non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car that caused the accident did not stop to help the victims and left the scene of the accident as it happened.

Police officials are currently conducting investigations to find out the car and the identity of its driver.

Needham vehicular accident critically injures one person

An individual was taken to the hospital after said victim was hit by a motor vehicle along the railroad tracks at Main Street in Needham in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. According to Patch, the accident occurred around 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27.

The victim was transported to Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts by the Needham Fire Department for the treatment of a head wound and other serious injuries. At the time of the transport, the victim was at least semi-conscious. The accident is still under investigation by the Needham Police Department and the Wellesley Police Department crash reconstruction team.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP provide legal services for clients in the state of Massachusetts. We handle personal injury accident cases ranging from automobile accidents and trucking negligence to drunk driving accidents and malfunctioning vehicles, among others. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to learn more about our practice and see what we can offer you.

Belmont man charged with hitting Lexington police officer with his vehicle

Belmont, Massachusetts resident Sean McKeown was arraigned in Concord District Court on Friday, September 23 for charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (second offense), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. The charges come in relation to McKeown hitting a Lexington police officer with his car.

According to District Attorney Marian Ryan, McKeown was driving his vehicle along the intersection of Pleasant Street and Follen Road in Lexington on Thursday, September 22. Upon seeing that the street was under construction, McKeown tried to return to the traffic circle to reverse his direction, but he crashed into a police officer who was patrolling the area.

Judge Lynn Brendemuehl released McKeown on personal recognizance and instructed him not to drive without a valid driver’s license and not to have any alcoholic beverages until his hearing on November 2, 2016.

Contact our medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP today at (617) 426-4488 if you need legal help obtaining compensation for a personal injury accident in the state of Massachusetts.

Why are hospital errors still so common?

It is normally considered atrocious to let something as self-serving as profit margins determine matters in anything that could influence the welfare of the public. However, according The Modern Voice, money seems to sum up the reality of what America has decided will influence the practice of medicine.

According to critics, President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is to blame for medicine’s problems. Since its approval in 2010, 20 million more Americans now have access to healthcare, making it difficult for doctors and hospitals to handle the sudden influx of patients. Such increases in patient rates are said to cause medical errors such as misdiagnoses, incorrect dispensing of medications, and even unnecessary amputations.

Our personal injury attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have the legal experience and technical know-how needed to provide our clients in Massachusetts with legal assistance in cases such a wrongful death, hospital negligence, and surgical errors, among others. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to learn more about our services.

Massachusetts man pleads not guilty to charges of motor vehicle homicide

66-year-old Massachusetts resident Robert Loranger caved in to hunger pangs and decided to grab some take-out at a local Taco Bell drive-thru after hitting a pedestrian with his vehicle in Springfield. The accident occurred in Hampden County on Friday, September 9, according to a report from MassLive.

Loranger made a not guilty plea last Monday, September 12 to charges of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, among other charges. Preliminary investigations by the police showed that Loranger crashed into 51-year-old Harry Fernandez, who later died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the accident, at the hospital he was transported to.

Loranger said he did not stop his vehicle after hitting something while driving down the road, thinking he hit only a cardboard box. The car pulled into the drive-thru lane of a nearby Taco Bell restaurant after running over the pedestrian.

Anesthesiologist accused of committing serious cataract surgery errors

Dr. Tzay Chiu, an anesthesiologist at a surgery center in Massachusetts, is under investigation for cataract surgery operations that left five patients blind. Each of the five operations occurred on the same day in May of 2014, with four of the surgeries taking place within the same thirty minute time frame.

The Boston Globe reports that patients were heard screaming as Chiu administered the needle in an operating room at Cataract and Laser Center West in West Springfield.

Four of the patients returned the following day complaining that they could not see out of the eye that was operated on, while the fifth patient was left with a blind spot that severely restricted his vision from that eye.

Two of the victims have recently filed a malpractice lawsuit against Chiu.

If you have had a negative experience with a medical professional, our personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can provide you with legal representation. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (617) 426-4488.

Medical errors still common in Massachusetts area hospitals

Springfield-based Baystate Medical Center is aware that medical errors can run rampant, even in a facility that tries its best to minimize such occurrences.

According to The Boston Globe, Baystate may have the highest chance of committing medical malpractice due to unsanitary conditions. The newspaper stated that this statistic is reflective of the current status of medical errors in the state of Massachusetts, which listed a rise in medical errors by 60% this year. The medical errors were all classified as preventable.

In 2015, the nature of medical errors were more operation-oriented, with 26 patients undergoing the wrong surgery, 52 errors concerning the wrong medication assignments that injured or killed patients, and 446 instances wherein surgical devices and pharmaceutical drugs were contaminated. Last year, Massachusetts-area hospitals reported 1,313 medical errors of varying natures.

Unlike large-volume personal injury and medical malpractice firms, which operate with an impersonal, corporate attitude toward clients, the attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP in Massachusetts provide personalized legal services full of  compassion and understanding. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to speak about your case.

Elizabeth Mulvey included in Best Lawyers®

Elizabeth Mulvey of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has been recognized by her peers in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on feedback from peers. To be included, a lawyer must first be nominated by another attorney. They are then reviewed and voted on extensively before finally being accepted. Being named to Best Lawyers is a great honor in the profession.

We are proud of Elizabeth’s accomplishments and strive for continued success in personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Boston, MA.

Family of Waunakee resident files medical malpractice lawsuit

The family of 77-year-old Waunakee resident Thomas Pliner filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court on Friday, August 12 against UnityPoint Health-Meriter in Madison and Dr. Sean Yetman.

Yetman was a doctor at the hospital and operated on Pliner, who died following a heart surgery. The hospital subsequently terminated Yetman, who later surrendered his medical license during an investigation relating to the death. Meriter terminated Yetman in October 2011 after hiring a consultant to review records of the seven patients he operated on during his time at the hospital, state medical examining board records showed. The cases include two deaths, which gave way to a state investigation in 2013 and caused Yetman to surrender his license in 2014.

The medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have the legal experience and technical competence needed to provide Massachusetts clients with malpractice assistance. Our cases include birth and brain injuries, wrongful death, and surgical errors, among others. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your legal options.

How Rhode Island is fighting wrong-way drivers

Massachusetts’ initiatives to police wrong-way drivers is lagging behind the efforts of its neighbor, Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) finished a $2 million project last year to upgrade signs and striping at 145 spots. They also placed detection systems at 24 high-risk areas. The technology informs Rhode Island State Police and displays warnings to other motorists via overhead electronic signs if there is a wrong-way driver on the road. RIDOT said their detection system has triggered 47 times and prevented an accident every time. In comparison, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s way of addressing this problem is by lowering “wrong way” and “do not enter” signs so drivers can see them more clearly.

The lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP seek to meet the legal needs of our clients in Massachusetts by providing them with personalized attention and the resources to achieve good results. If you are involved in a wrong way accident, call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your situation.