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December 2014 Archives

Court: Cruise lines are responsible for on-board medical care

No one likes to get sick on vacation. In addition to the physical strain it can create, people in Massachusetts who travel elsewhere may find it difficult to find appropriate medical care. Physicians everywhere should be held to the same standard of care to prevent a doctor error or other mistake. The treatment provided by cruise line companies had been able to avoid that standard, but a federal appeals court ruling could change that.

The serious effects of failing to diagnose cancer

The American Cancer Society points out that cancer in its early stages is when it is most treatable. At Donovan & O’Connor, LLP, we know that going through cancer is one of the most difficult things you may ever face. We also know that when a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose the illness, the consequences can be devastating.

Common medical mistakes and how to avoid them

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that 1 in 7 patients on Medicare will encounter a medical error while in a hospital. The truth is that a mistake can happen anytime anyone practices medicine in Massachusetts or across the country. To avoid those errors, the AHRQ recommends that patients do the following:

Survey: 1 in 4 Massachusetts patients report a medical error

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report recently stating that across the country, medical mistakes such as a doctor error have begun to decline. However, the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction, a Massachusetts agency, notes that roughly 25 percent of patients in the state report either experiencing themselves or knowing a loved one who has experienced negligence. The report, according to some experts, demonstrates that there is still much work to be done to protect patients.

What causes a traumatic brain injury?

People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury can experience a variety of side effects ranging from emotional issues such as depression to physical problems like impaired thinking, trouble with hearing and decreased motor skills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brain trauma is responsible for 30 percent of deaths caused by injury in the United States.

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