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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.
 


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.


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.


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.


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.