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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.


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.


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.


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.


New rules require Massachusetts surgeons log time in OR

Under the new rule approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine on Thursday, January 7, surgeons would have to record the exact time they enter and leave each operating room. This new rule would is designed to better keep track of surgeons’ presence in ORs in order to mitigate problems that arise from the practice of double booking surgeries.

This ruling comes in response to a series of claims made by The Boston Globe Spotlight Team, who wrote an extensive report about surgeons who perform multiple operations in the same time slots in Massachusetts. The issue raises a significant debate; in fact, one doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital was dismissed in August 2015 for voicing his opinion against the scheduling technique.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have represented clients who have been harmed by negligent medical practitioners and professionals. We seek to hold members of the medical community responsible for behavior that leads to the injury or suffering of their patients so as to ensure that justice is served. To learn more, call us today at (617) 426-4488.


ATV collision results in four injured

Four individuals, two young boys and two men, were hurt during a New Year’s Eve accident involving two all-terrain vehicles at around 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 in the area of 500 Ashburnham Hill Road in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Dateo, the victims were only identified as a 32-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, a seven-year-old boy, and a six-year-old boy. He added that each ATV was occupied by a man and a boy at the time of the collision.

Emergency medical responders said three of the four individuals who were hurt in the incident sustained “severe multiple-trauma injuries.” The 32-year-old man was airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus in Worcester where his leg was amputated. The 21-year-old suffered from a head injury and was transported to Leominster Hospital.

The six-year-old boy was suffering from respiratory problems when responders arrived at the scene and was airlifted to UMass. The seven-year-old boy sustained a compound fracture in his left leg and was also taken to UMass via ambulance.