Massachusetts’ stricter teen driving laws appear to have worked

Massachusetts’ laws on teen driving resulted in a decrease of fatal accidents, according to Medical Daily on June 8.

Across the United States, seven teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 lose their lives every day in car accidents. However, tighter teen driver restrictions in Massachusetts are purportedly being attributed as the cause of the recent 40% reduction in fatal vehicular accidents and injuries in the state. Supervision is now required when teens are driving at night until age 18, as teens were found to more frequently drive while sleep deprived.

Vehicular crashes decreased by 19% and over-all nighttime crashes decreased by 29%.

After their first vehicular offense, teens now must experience a 60-day driver’s license suspension, rather than only a small $35 ticket.

Other states, including Connecticut, New York, and Virginia, have followed suit by implementing similar driving rules for teenagers.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver in Massachusetts, you may be able to pursue financial compensation to cover any damages. Call Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, at (617) 426-4488 today to learn more.

Harvard study surveys Massachusetts residents on medical errors

According to a poll recently published by the Harvard School of Public Health, 23% of respondents had been personally involved in a situation wherein they or a loved one or close relative suffered from a preventable medical error, according to an article published on Lexology.

The most common form of medical error was the misdiagnosis of a condition, and half of the cases in which those surveyed responded affirmatively involved serious injury as a result. 54% of those who experienced medical negligence reported the incident, primarily to prevent a similar error from occurring in the future.

Aside from who actually experienced malpractice, the vast majority of respondents valued transparency. 90% of those polled said healthcare professionals and facilities should be required to report medical errors and inform patients if any mistakes were made, while 94% of the respondents said the number and type of errors made should become public knowledge.

The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, represent those who have been injured due to the medical mistakes of a negligent practitioner or facility. Call our offices at (617) 426-4488 today to learn more about holding these responsible parties fully accountable for any damages.

Attorney Michael J. Harris spoke at Boston MATA/MDLA event

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, attorney Michael J. Harris spoke this week at a MATA/MDLA event held at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. The purpose of the event was to provide a place for Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s attorneys to come together and encourage collegiality in the professional. Harris spoke at the event about prepping for trial, both before and during the trial itself.

Liz Mulvey named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2014-2015

The entire team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, is pleased to announce that Liz Mulvey has been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America for their 2014-2015 guide.  This is not the first year that Mulvey has received this impressive recognition.

Every year, Lawdragon compiles their list of the leading 500 attorneys in the U.S., regardless of practice area and location. They conduct a rigorous evaluation process, including both online voting and law firm submission to arrive at their annual list of attorneys.

You can read this year’s official press release by clicking here.

Hospitals may have to pay when outsourced doctors are negligent

A Massachusetts judge recently ruled in Beauregard v Peebles that a hospital can be held responsible for the medical mistakes of a physician who is classified as an independent contractor, the Legal Laser reported on March 2.

A patient who underwent surgery at a private hospital Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham and Natick became paralyzed after a doctor at the hospital gave her anesthesia, inserting it directly into her spine before the surgery to manage the level of pain she would feel while under surgery. Although the doctor was not classified as an employee, his title was Chief of Anesthesia, he wore a coat with his name and the hospital’s name on it, and the form the patient signed did not indicate that he was an independent contractor.

Many hospital have begun hiring doctors and other staff on a contract basis to limit their liability, but this can seriously limit a medical malpractice victim’s options for recourse.

The Massachusetts attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, passionately represent medical negligence victims and may work on your behalf for the funds you need to recover. Call our offices at (617) 426-4488 today to learn more.

UMass student dies in Belchertown car accident

Twenty-year-old Freehold, New Jersey resident and University of Massachusetts Amherst student Matthew Schiek was struck and killed by a pickup truck in the early morning hours of February 14, CBS 3 Springfield reported.

Schiek and three other students were standing in the vicinity of Old Amherst Road and Two Ponds Road next to Schiek’s broken down vehicle, according to Belchertown Police Detective John Raymer. Schiek attempted to cross the road in the direction of the residency where he had called a taxi when a pickup truck traveling east along Route 9 in Belchertown hit him at around 1:45 a.m. None of the other students were reported as injured.

Raymer said the driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with the investigation of the police authorities. It was also reported that drugs, alcohol or any other erratic behaviors are not believed to have contributed to the pedestrian accident.

Study sheds light on public’s perception of medical malpractice

A new report released by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health provided a look into how the citizens of Massachusetts perceive medical malpractice in their state.

Some key issues discussed in the fall 2014 study included:

  • What were residents’ recent experience with medical malpractice?
  • Did they report these safety concerns if there were any?
  • Did they feel like they were adequately informed about past medical malpractice cases brought against hospitals or medical professionals?

State data shows that approximately 25% of adults in Massachusetts have fallen victim to medical errors in the past five years; half of these cases resulted in serious consequences. Additionally, only about half of those who experienced medical errors reported it. It is also important to note that respondents overwhelmingly reported that they feel like more transparency is needed regarding wrongdoing or negligence in the medical field.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP are committed to serving the legal needs of injured victims in Massachusetts due to the medical errors of their respective health care providers or physicians. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to discuss your case with us.

Wrong-way driver arrested on multiple charges

Thirty-eight-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts resident Hugo Gonzalez was confined to the Baystate Medical Center after being involved in two separate crashes while driving along Interstate 91 on December 28.

Police officers received dozens of calls about the wrong-way driver but they were not able to reach him until after he caused two vehicular accidents.

Authorities said that Gonzalez will be taken into state police custody for arraignment in the Springfield District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol (second offense), operating a motor vehicle with a license revoked for OUI, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a marked lanes violation, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and a state highway wrong-way violation.

Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Alan Joubert said Gonzalez had been living under many false names and that his license to drive had been revoked under one of those identities.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, in Massachusetts provide diligent representation to personal injury victims who have suffered expense due to negligent drivers. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to speak with a member of our legal team.

Pharmacy owners arrested for deadly outbreak in Boston

Fourteen people have been arrested and charged in relation to the distribution of tainted drugs by New England Compounding Center Inc., which resulted in the death of dozens, The Boston Globe reported on December 17.

The defendants, who were facing a 131-count indictment which included racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, introducing adulterated drugs into national commerce, criminal contempt, and mail fraud, were scheduled to make their initial appearances in the U.S. District Court in Boston, federal officials said.

Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery said that of the 14 people indicted, 11 were arrested by the police and three turned themselves over to the authorities.

Under the indictment filed in federal court, NECC and Medical Sales Management, Inc., which provided NECC with sales and administrative services, were considered a criminal “enterprise” based on the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations or RICO law.

Medical corporations and companies can easily afford skilled lawyers and other legal resources to represent and defend them in medical malpractice cases. You should have the same ammunition. Call our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, in Massachusetts at (617) 426-4488 today for legal assistance.

Initiatives to slow down speeding violators along I-495 in MA

The Massachusetts police and the state Department of Transportation announced to the public on November 18 a plan to curtail speeding on Interstate 495, as highway development has contributed to a rise of this reckless driving behavior, The Boston Globe reported.

State Police spokesman David Procopio said there have been frequent crashes resulting in personal injury and even death since speeding violations have increased in the past years along the highway.

In actuality, the program had already launched two weeks before the program’s public announcement. Electric signs measuring the speed of oncoming vehicles were posted in various spots to determine where drivers were speeding the most; this was done beforehand to see how or if speeding changed before and after the announcement.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, in Massachusetts are dedicated to pursuing financial compensation for every client hurt in a personal injury accident. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to set up a meeting with a member of our legal team.