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.

New MIT research reveals triple-combination adhesive patch prevent recurrence of colorectal cancer

New studies made by researchers at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology made the public know of an adhesive patch that can give colorectal tumors a triple-combination of drug, gene, and light-based therapy.

Statistics show that the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer for men is around 1 in 21 and around 1 in 23 or women in the United States. Colorectal cancers make their start as a growth or a tumor on the inner lining of the colon or rectum, developing into cancer within 10 to 15 years.

Undergoing an operation sometimes doesn’t equate to the complete removal of the cancerous growths; this is particularly dangerous because the cancer growths can spread to other organs and can lead to the development of cancer in other organs.

However, this new triple-therapy hydrogel patch can be used to ensure that the remaining cells at the tumor site after surgery will not result in recurrence of cancer and will prevent the cancer cells from going to other organs, MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science research scientist and Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital assistant professor of medicine Natalie Artzi said.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, who provide legal services to our clients in the state of Massachusetts, handle medical malpractice cases such as failure to diagnose cancer, wrongful death, hospital negligence, surgical and medication errors, improper emergency room treatment, among others. 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.

Drunk driver who killed one and injured two admits guilt

Twenty-four-year-old Jeremy Leiva of Providence, Rhode Island confessed on Thursday, May 26 that he was indeed driving drunk in a wrong-way car accident in Pawtucket on March 8, 2015. The crash resulted in the death of Leiva’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Flory Hernandez, and the injuries of a newlywed couple, Andrea and Scott Spillane.

Leiva pleaded no contest before Superior Court Judge Kristin Rodgers to six counts – one count of driving under the influence, one count of driving to endanger, both death resulting; two counts of driving under the influence resulting in personal injury; and two counts of driving to endanger. According to Assistant Attorney General Stephen Regine, Leiva and Hernandez went to a party in Pawtucket on the night of March 7, 2015, where they drank two bottles of wine as well as tequila. After leaving the party, Leiva drove their car onto the Exit 26 off-ramp for Route 95 north. He crashed into the Nissan driven by Andrea Spillane while driving the wrong direction at approximately 12:55 a.m.

The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP know how important it is for the victims of personal injury accidents to hold reckless drivers accountable. If you were the victim of a negligent driver, call our offices at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your situation and discover how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

The most dangerous states for motorists

In 2014, 32,675 people in the United States were killed in car accidents. Although deaths by car accident totaled roughly 10,000 fewer in 2014 than they had in 2004, motor vehicle accidents are still a major concern for motorists in this country.

On average, there were 10.2 deaths for every 100,000 people in the United States in 2014. In Wyoming, which is considered the most dangerous state in which to drive, there were 25.7 deaths for every 100,000 individuals. Wyoming’s traffic fatality rate was five times higher than either Rhode Island or Massachusetts, which are considered the safest states in which to drive. One major factor that contributes to traffic mortality rates in states is the type of road most used. For example, car accidents occur at a disproportionately high rate on rural roads. Motorists are also more likely to drive recklessly and not wear seat belts along rural roads.

The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, are known for their superior representation in medical malpractice cases, but we also take on a number of personal injury cases for clients who have suffered in a car accident. Whatever legal representation you need, our offices are willing to help. Call us at (617) 426-4488 to see what we can do for you.

Medication errors might be higher than reported

A study conducted by the researchers of the anesthesiology department at Massachusetts General Hospital discovered that half of the surgeries from a pool of 277 cases involved some kind of medication error or negative drug side effects. This sheds light on a larger problem as this rate of medication errors is substantially higher than normal, suggesting that hospital officials might not be reporting all cases. 

These findings also revealed that longer surgical procedures – usually those that last for more than six hours – have a higher possibility of being riddled with problems.

But not all is without hope, with the paper’s lead author Karen Nanji saying, “We definitely have room for improvement in preventing preoperative medication errors, and now that we understand the types of errors that are being made and their frequencies, we can begin to develop targeted strategies to prevent them.”

Nanji stated that before the study was conducted, “the literature on preoperative medication error rates was sparse and consisted largely of self-reported data, which we know under-represents true error rates”.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP understand that personal injury victims in Massachusetts need their legal and personal needs met in an effective and efficient manner. If you have been hurt in an accident involving medical malpractice, please contact our legal team by calling our offices today at (617) 426-4488.

Baystate Noble Hospital sued for unclean endoscopy equipment

Westfield, Massachusetts-based Baystate Noble Hospital is accused of endangering the lives of patients by improperly cleaning endoscopy equipment. The hospital staff allegedly were aware of the issue about three years prior to patients being informed about the situation.

According to a 22 WWLP Television news report, Baystate introduced new endoscopy equipment and scheduled these devices for integration into colonoscopy procedures from June 2012 to April 2013. However, the endoscopy equipment had problems with disinfection and sanitation, which were discovered by the state Department of Public Health during a routine inspection. The inspection discovered that only three of the four prongs that came with the new equipment underwent proper cleaning and disinfection. A joint report released by the Department of Public Health and the Director of Clinical Safety and Risk Management for Baystate Noble claimed that at least 293 patients of the hospital had the possibility of being exposed to hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and HIV.

Hospitals and doctors need to be held accountable when they are negligent toward their patients. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice or another personal injury suit, the attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your situation.