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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.


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.


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.


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.


Study finds ‘rich doctors’ are subject of fewer malpractice lawsuits

A recent study conducted among medical practitioners has shown that doctors and physicians who choose to spend more money on higher quality equipment and medical facilities are less likely to become the target of medical malpractice lawsuits.

The study’s authors analyzed data and interviewed physicians in order to draw its conclusions. One doctor, Anupam Jena, from a hospital in Massachusetts, discussed the concept of defensive medicine. She explained that physicians who are willing to invest in nicer equipment deal with fewer technical mistakes. Her explanation is apparently corroborated by findings of the study, which stated that doctors who do not invest extra money in equipment face a 50% higher risk of malpractice lawsuit.

At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, our Massachusetts legal team represents clients who have been the victim of medical practitioners whose actions can be considered negligent. Often, these patients are faced with additional medical issues as a result of the mistakes made by their doctors. If you have suffered at the hands of a medical professional who failed to uphold an acceptable standard of care, contact our attorneys by calling (617) 426-4488 today.


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.


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.


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.


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.