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May 2015 Archives

Recognizing the unseen damage caused by brain injuries in infants

It is a troubling experience any time a family member or loved one is hurt. However, it can be especially devastating when a newborn baby or young infant sustains a serious and potentially life-threatening injury. Every year, infants across the state of Massachusetts and beyond are forced to live with the long-term effects of preventable brain injuries as a result of medical malpractice. The attorneys at the law offices of Donovan & O’Connor, L.L.P., are all too familiar with the fact that while cases often result in damages awards for malpractice victims and their families, it can be difficult to quantify the nature and severity of symptoms that the child may experience in the future. If a child in your family is living with a TBI, it is important to be aware of the emotional and cognitive difficulties that he or she may be confronted with in the future.

Berkshire Bar Association Names Donovan & O'Connor Lawyer as President

On May 20, 2015, Attorney Richard Dohoney was named the President of the Berkshire County Bar Association, a nonprofit corporation made up of legal professionals throughout Berkshire County. The Berkshire Bar Association is dedicated to ensuring a high standard of professionalism within the legal field. The association seeks to ensure the effective and efficient administration of justice and serves the public interest by increasing access to the judicial system for all. Attorney Dohoney will serve a two year term as President.

The dangerous cycle of pregnancy injuries and negligence

Obstetric care is characterized as being especially involved and complex, as multiple factors can play a role in the health of a mother and child. The various stages of pregnancy and fetal development can be impacted by a huge number of environmental and biological conditions, and it is up to OB/GYN physicians and medical professionals to accurately identify changes as they occur. Unfortunately, there is evidence to suggest that a fear of medical malpractice claims and litigation is causing some OB/GYN doctors to alter the way they practice medicine, which in turn may be having an impact on incidents of OB/GYN negligence.

What causes cerebral palsy?

Having a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy can be a very difficult experience, as you may have serious questions and concerns over his or her health and well-being. Web M.D. explains that cerebral palsy is a non-degenerative disorder caused by trauma to the brain during development. Several different types of chronic palsy disorders fall under the CP category, and symptoms commonly associated with the disorder can vary in nature and severity. Being familiar with the primary causes for CP can help you as a parent better understand your child’s condition and needs, as well as recognize if and where liability for his or her brain trauma lies.

Forceps deliveries put Massachusetts mothers, infants at risk

While most expecting mothers in Massachusetts anticipate smooth deliveries, that does not always happen. Situations may arise during the birthing process, which necessitate medical intervention. Sometimes when childbirths are not progressing, health care professionals use tools, such as forceps, to aid in the delivery. Although the use of these devices can assist with difficult childbirths, they can also pose risks to both mothers and their babies.

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