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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.
 


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.


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.


70% of American teenagers admit to using apps on phone while driving – survey

A new poll released by San Francisco, California-based nonprofit organization Common Sense Media has shown that at least 70% of teenagers in the United States admit to using applications on their phones while driving and 50% of them say that they feel as if they are addicted to their mobile phones.

Another survey, issued by the American Automobile Association, showed that 68% of teenagers in the country admit to composing and sending text messages, making phone calls, and listening to music while driving. The AAA noted that 60% of vehicular accidents involving teenagers are caused by distracted driving.

Massachusetts-based Agawam Auto School said in an interview with local news channel 22News that a person has the same chance of being involved in a car accident that was caused by distracted driving as a car accident that was caused by drunken driving.

If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our high-quality personal injury attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP give individual attention and moral support alongside legal help and have an added benefit of many years of experience in representing victims of personal injury accidents in the state of Massachusetts. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488.


Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Central Street

A woman sustained a head injury after she was struck by a van along Central Street in Acton, Massachusetts at around 12:47 p.m. last Wednesday, July 6.

The woman, who was yet to be identified publicly by the police, was airlifted via helicopter to Boston Medical Center for the quick treatment of her injuries.

In an e-mailed statement to reporters, Acton Deputy Police Chief Richard Burrows said police officers responded to the scene of the accident and found an unconscious but still breathing middle-aged woman lying on the road. Eyewitness and driver accounts show that the woman went up on the hood of the van and rolled off to fall onto the pavement.

Our high-quality personal injury attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP will provide your personal injury case with undivided attention and bestow you with compassionate and emotional support. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.


One in five hospitals unprepared for ‘never events’

According to a new report released by the healthcare nonprofit The Leapfrog Group, 20% of hospitals in the United States do not have adequate safety policies for “never events,” which are medical errors that should never happen to a patient. Occurrences that can be characterized as never events include wrong-site surgeries, objects that remain inside the bodies of patients after surgery, deaths from medication errors, and deaths or serious injuries from falls, among others.

Leapfrog president and CEO Leah Binder argues that the least hospitals can do if they expose their patients to such harm is to ensure that they have a comprehensive policy to mitigate the negative effects of the errors. Binder also says never events should not happen to begin with, noting, “Never events are egregious and they truly should never happen, but at the very least if they do happen, we expect hospitals to take the most humane and ethical approach.”

The medical malpractice lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP provide legal services for clients in the state of Massachusetts who have been the victim of a negligent or reckless medical practitioner. If you have a medical malpractice suit to file, call our offices at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your legal options.


Quinnipiac student dies in single-vehicle crash

Nineteen-year-old Quinnipiac University student Jacqueline Gray was a passenger in a car with five other people when the brakes of the vehicle supposedly stopped working. The apparent malfunction caused their vehicle to crash into a telephone pole around 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.

The car was travelling to a fireworks display in Milford and was on Congress Street at the time of the accident. Gray died as a result of her injuries while confined at the UMass Memorial Medical Center on Monday, July 4. Quinnipiac University issued the following statement: “It was with profound sadness that we informed our university community today about the loss of Jacqueline Gray, a member of the Class of 2019 who was a dean’s list student majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.”

Our team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP are sending thoughts and condolences to the victim’s family and friends as they mourn the loss of their loved one.


Springfield man pleads not guilty after fatal accident

28-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts resident Thomas Murphy pleaded not guilty last Wednesday, June 22 to charges that include leaving the scene of a personal injury accident that resulted in death and driving an unregistered vehicle. The charges come after Murphy hit a pedestrian, 52-year-old James Heath, and caused his death around 10:30 p.m. on May 29, 2016.

According to an article of The Hastings Tribune, Murphy was released on personal recognizance after entering his plea. Heath died at the hospital as a result of the mortal injuries he incurred. Murphy was incarcerated in 2010 after he was convicted of a bank robbery.

The  personal injury lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP provide comprehensive legal services to our clients in the state of Massachusetts. We attend to the legal needs of injured victims to help them recover the compensation they deserve as a result of their injuries. Call our offices at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your personal situation and learn more about our services.


Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, receives Tier 1 ranking from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

Our entire team is excited to announce that Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, has received a Tier 1 ranking for the Boston metro area in the Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs practice areas. Receiving a U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” ranking is based on rigorous selection criteria that combines a formal submission process, peer review, client evaluations, and lawyer evaluations. Additionally, in order to be considered for a “Best Law Firms” ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer who is listed in Best Lawyers for the same practice area and metropolitan area.


Tips from the Masters: Direct Examination

The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers recently asked Liz Mulvey to contribute to its Tips from The Masters series.  Liz penned the following suggestions, which were published in a supplement to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on February 8, 2016:

Let’s face it. Direct examinations aren’t glamorous.  Perry Mason never won a case on direct examination.  Television news generally doesn’t showcase direct examinations.  And jurors don’t look up and lean forward in their seats when a lawyer stands up to do a direct exam.

And as a result, many lawyers make the mistake of viewing direct examinations as boring and unimportant. After all, they know exactly what (they hope) the witness will say, the exam can be scripted and rehearsed before trial ad nauseam, and the sense of confrontation, surprise and drama that accompanies a cross-examination just isn’t there.  And too often, the lawyer’s attitude that direct examination is a just a formality to be endured, a box to be checked, is both obvious and contagious to the jury.

We’re all taught that trials are stories, and lawyers are story tellers. But truly, the witnesses who testify on direct exam are the principal story tellers—or at least they should be. Lawyers do enough talking, and jurors do enough listening to lawyers.  There is no reason to pass up an opportunity to allow a witness to participate in telling the story. 

Good direct examination involves three steps: 1) figure out what the jurors want to know; 2) listen to the witness; and 3) more witness, less lawyer.

In a good direct examination, the lawyer stands in the jurors’ shoes, asking the questions that the jurors want answered. Sometimes those questions elicit the pertinent facts, but just as often, the answers to direct questions may show the jurors that something isn’t important, or needn’t be considered.  Often, the lawyer may know that an issue is irrelevant, or that there is a reason for a gap in the evidence—but the jurors won’t know unless some witness tells them.  Showing the jury why something doesn’t matter, or why a piece of evidence isn’t available, can eliminate unnecessary confusion and unanswered questions that could sidetrack the deliberaitons.  Once I’ve had the witness tell the story, I usually address issues raised by the defense, to allow the witness to give the answers to questions that are probably on the jurors’ minds.  Allowing the witness to answer a direct question without interruption is usually much more effective than hoping the witness can explain under cross examination.

It’s easy to assume that a witness on direct examination has given the same answer he gave in a deposition or conference room, and that the jury understands the answer. But that’s not necessarily true.  Unless the lawyer is listening carefully to the answers, and watching the jury, it’s impossible to know if the testimony is clear, correct and comprehensible.  This means looking up from the legal pad and really thinking about the answers coming from the witness, asking questions to clarify an answer where necessary, and being quick to follow up an unexpected response.

Finally, it’s important to remember that the witness should be the star on direct exams. The lawyer’s questions should be short and easy to understand.  There’s nothing wrong and everything right about questions like “What happened next,” “Describe what you saw,” “Who was there?” or my all-time favorite, “Why?”  The lawyer’s role is not to testify, or even to suggest answers, but simply to prompt the witness to tell the story.  The witness’s words may not be perfect, but they’re likely to be much more persuasive than the lawyer’s.

More than once, I’ve had a judge look quizzically at me as I quietly allow a defense lawyer to lead a witness through a “direct” exam full of leading questions where the lawyer does much more testifying than the witness. The truth is I would much prefer to have the jurors listening to a lawyer drone on than risk that they might be persuaded by an interesting, articulate and credible witness.