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October 2014 Archives

Associate Marnie Sommer named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of Social Security Disability

Donovan & O'Connor, LLP is pleased to announce that Attorney Marnie Sommer has been selected to the 2014 Massachusetts "Rising Stars" list. Each year, no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Massachusetts are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

When is a birth injury considered medical malpractice?

A birth defect is likely more common than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in every 33 infants is born with a serious injury or medical condition, which is one of the leading causes of death among infants. While many of the conditions are unpreventable, there are a number of cases in which a physician commits a medical mistake either during the pregnancy or during the labor that results in a child coming into the world with an injury.

Massachusetts hospitals offer transparency after doctor errors

When children make mistakes, many parents teach them that the most important thing is to learn something from it so it does not happen again. When it comes to doctor errors in Massachusetts, many experts say the same kind of thinking applies and can even reduce future mistakes. Several state hospitals are taking that reasoning and using it to improve their processes.

Survey: Breast cancer is second-most misdiagnosed cancer

ABC News reported recently that a woman had a biopsy in 2006 and was soon diagnosed with breast cancer. Like many other women in North Adams and across the country, she had the choice to have a mastectomy or treat the cancer through other methods. The woman, whose mother and sister had breast cancer, chose to have a double mastectomy. However, she later found out that the doctors had misdiagnosed her: she never had cancer in the first place.

Court: Birth injury caused cerebral palsy, merits $20.6 million

When an infant comes into the world with a substantial injury or medical condition, there are several factors that could have caused it. Negligence during birth in North Adams can lead to serious consequences that may have lifelong repercussions, as one Maryland family has learned after a medical error took a toll on their son.

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