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Suit: Negligent physicians missed signs of fatal condition

Physicians spend years in school honing their craft. They also likely spend a good amount of money on their education, through which they learn how to diagnose and treat patients. North Adams residents who seek medical help trust that their doctors will make the right call. When a physician overlooks symptoms or fails to diagnose an issue, they can do much more harm than good.

Lawmakers help injured boy receive care he needs

When people in Massachusetts have to wait to receive money they are entitled to, time can seem to be passing at an agonizingly slow pace. For one teenage boy and his family in Colorado, the wait to receive money they needed to pay for medical expenses is finally over. Their struggle began back in 1997, when the boy was born at a hospital in Florida. Due to the actions of negligent nurses, he was injured during birth. As a result, the boy requires ongoing medical care around the clock for the rest of his life. A lawsuit was filed, and in 2007, a jury awarded the boy's family almost $31 million in damages for the negligent actions that caused his brain injury. However, the boy's family did not receive any of the money they were due until recently. This is because the private hospital where he was born had been taken over by the government, so it had sovereign immunity. The law in Florida blocks people from collecting judgments from government-run hospitals if the judgment is more than $200,000 unless the state legislature approves it. The family's attorney negotiated with lawmakers in order to reach a settlement. The boy, who now lives near Canon City, Colorado, received $10 million as a lump sum and will receive $1 million a year for the next five years.

Doctors' silence can lead to poor care for Boston patients

There are many reasons people put faith in their physicians. Patients trust a doctor who has had years of education and practice in their field. Their doctor may have treated them well in the past. Whatever the case, many Boston residents seek the help of a physician without thinking twice about medical negligence – and sometimes, patients do not realize their doctor made a mistake.

Lowell infant has debilitating condition due to medical error

When you fall ill, you trust your doctors to treat your symptoms and help you get better. Many people in Massachusetts turn to licensed professionals in their time of need. When a physician commits medical negligence, it can mean much more than simply missing a warning sign. A mistake can have serious repercussions for the victim, as one Lowell family is discovering.

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