Massachusetts man charged in motorcycle accident

Twenty-three-year-old Burlington, Massachusetts resident Patrick Litchfield has been charged with multiple criminal offenses in relation to a hit-and-run motorcycle accident that occurred on Route 25 in Gorham, Maine on Monday, October 5 at around 7 a.m. and caused injuries to 37-year-old Hiram resident Jonathan Lord.

Gorham police arrested Litchfield and charged him with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, possession of heroin, criminal speeding, driving to endanger, driving after his license was revoked, and trafficking in dangerous knives.

According to Lieutenant Christopher Sanborn, Officer Robert Henckel had been patrolling Route 25 when a gold-colored sedan traveling at 85 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone came zooming past him in the opposite direction.

Henckel said he turned his police cruiser around to question the speeding driver, but he stopped when he found Lord and his battered motorcycle resting beside the road.

Dangerous drivers are out there, and they cause serious accidents every day. If you have been injured in a car accident, call Crowe & Mulvey, LLP at (617) 426-4488 today to discuss your options.

Medical diagnoses often wrong in the United States

A new report issued by the Institute of Medicine showed that there was a prevalence of medical diagnosis errors in the United States because health care providers pay little attention to them.

According to IOM chairman and member of the American College of Physicians, Dr. John Ball, “patients are central to a solution”, meaning this situation could be remedied if health providers – lab workers, doctors, and nurses – make patients part of their team. Ball believes health care providers should listen to patients more attentively when they complain about feeling different than they are supposed to feel after an operation or after ingesting medication prescribed to them. Providers should also give patients a copy of their test results immediately.

For her part, National Quality Forum president Dr. Christine Cassel said should there be an instance when after consulting three doctors, the third doctor made the right diagnosis – different from the diagnosis of the two previous doctors – the third doctor should not be embarrassed to pick up a phone and tell the other two doctors, “It turned out that the patient had X and not Y”.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP in Massachusetts want our clients to know that we have a vast experience when it comes to handling medical malpractice cases and that we will give our 100% so that our clients’; can have a favorable resolution to their case. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488.

Massachusetts has second lowest rate of injury-related deaths in U.S.

A new report states that Massachusetts has the second lowest rate of injury-related deaths in the United States.

Massachusetts scores points for safety in a few different categories, including having a law that requires booster seats in vehicles for children, instituting vaccination programs for residents, and having a bicycle helmet law. However, the report also identified areas for improvement in the state, such as mandating the use of ignition interlock devices for drunk drivers as well as creating a primary seatbelt law.

The report noted that the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the state is drug overdose, which exceeds statistics for automobile accident cases.

Northampton public health director Merridith O’Leary said that more than 1,000 deaths in the state can be attributed to opioids – heroin and prescription drug use – in 2014, and said that number is bound to increase because three of the largest cities in the state have yet to report their data regarding the matter.

Despite these promising and encouraging statistics, the attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, know that residents of Massachusetts still can do more to decrease the number of preventable accidents, deaths, and injuries that occur every year. If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, we are here to help. Call us today at (617) 426-4488 to learn more.

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.

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, named to U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2015 “Best Law Firms” list

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, has been named a Tier 1 law firm on U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2015 “Best Law Firms” list in two separate practice areas: Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. For both of these practice areas, the firm was ranked for the Boston metro area.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers® join forces every year to create their ranking of “Best Law Firms,” a prestigious list with a rigorous evaluation process. To be named to this list, a law firm must have at least one attorney who is listed in the most current edition of Best Lawyers. Additionally, law firms are evaluated on the basis of client reviews, peer reviews from other attorneys, and on the basis of information provided by the law firms themselves. Issues such as expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, and other important metrics are all taken into consideration when considering a law firm for this honor.

The entire team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, is proud to be included in such a notable list of firms, and will continue to fight to uphold the rights of accident and injury victims.

Liz Mulvey Named to New England Super Lawyers

The entire team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, is proud to announce that Elizabeth Mulvey, a founding partner at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, was named to the New England list of Super Lawyers. This honor is significant, as only 5% of attorneys are selected to Super Lawyers. The patented Super Lawyers selection process involves a combination of peer review and nomination, independent research, and rigorous evaluations of candidates.

In addition to being named a New England Super Lawyer, Liz Mulvey was also named on the New England Top 100 and New England Top 50 Women Super Lawyers lists.

Two Mass. General doctors to pay $4.5M for patient’s death

Two doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Alasdair Conn and Dr. George Velmahos, will pay the estate of 62-year-old Plymouth resident Geraldine Moran $4.5 million due to allegations that they failed to take action that might have prevented the woman’s death.

According to the lawsuit, Moran fell from the top of a 6-foot-tall ladder in her home while cleaning on March 23, 2005, breaking several ribs. She was first taken to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, formerly called Jordan Hospital, where her pelvis and chest areas were examined and it was discovered that she had several broken ribs, one in a very dangerous location near her aorta.

Doctors at Beth Israel suggested that she be taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, as they would be in a better position to treat her injuries. The lawsuit alleged that Conn and Velmahos, the doctors who examined her at Mass. General, failed to order chest imaging exams on Moran, or address the broken rib next to her aorta. The broken rib punctured her aorta overnight, resulting in cardiac arrest and her death.

Lawyer Liz Mulvey named to prestigious national attorney list

The team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, is proud to announce that founding partner Liz Mulvey was named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2013 list. This prestigious list chooses 500 of the most acclaimed and successful lawyers in the country, regardless of practice areas and legal focuses.

Lawdragon began releasing its list of top lawyers in 2007, utilizing a rigorous selection process to determine who the top attorneys in the U.S. are each year. The selection process uses law firm submissions, online voting, and meticulous editorial research.

To learn more about this recognition and Lawdragon, read the official press release here.

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, receives recognition in “Best Law Firms” 2014

Our team is proud to announce that Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has received recognition in U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” 2014 as both a Tier 1 Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Tier 1 Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs firm in Boston.

Being chosen as a “Best Law Firms” 2014 illustrates a firm’s breadth of legal knowledge and experience, not to mention its continued esteem among both legal peers and clients. Furthermore, at least one attorney from a recognized firm must be included in The Best Lawyers in America©.

Learn more about this recognition and Crowe & Mulvey, LLP here.

We express our sincere gratitude to those who hold us in such high regards and aim to continue providing legal services worthy of this recognition.