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July 2017 Archives

Failure to make an accurate diagnosis can be life-threatening

When it comes to serious health conditions, sometimes a prompt diagnosis can make all the difference in the outcome. A delay or a failure to make an accurate diagnosis could, in some cases, be life threatening or even fatal. Every day, hundreds – if not thousands – of residents of Massachusetts rely on the professional medical training of health care professionals to ensure their well-being; sometimes, though, that faith in doctors is unfortunately misplaced, as appears to be the case in another state.

Federal law may extend beyond ERs to protect urgent-care patients

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA, is a federal law intended to ensure that hospitals don't "dump" emergency patients who may be indigent or uninsured by refusing to examine or treat them or by sending them to other hospitals. EMTALA requires hospitals to thoroughly screen all patients who report to emergency rooms and, if they are found to have a serious medical condition, to properly stabilize them before transferring or releasing them.

Alleged failure to diagnose tragically ends in man's suicide

For most Massachusetts residents, the scenario sounds like something out of a bad dream: A patient is admitted to a hospital only to be discharged within hours then die less than two days later of the very illness for which he or she was originally seen at the hospital in the first place. Yet, allegedly, in another state, this is exactly what occurred. The patient's family is understandably unhappy about it and have filed a lawsuit alleging that the hospital's failure to diagnose or act when the patient clearly expressed suicidal thoughts resulted in his death.

Doctor error allegedly leads to elderly woman's death

When loved ones are ill, residents of Massachusetts have little choice but to trust in the training and judgment of medical professionals. Sadly, sometimes that trust is misplaced, as seems to be the case in a recent incident in another state. A retired professor has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after alleged doctor error led to the death of his wife.

Employer may be responsible for employee's theft of confidential info

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently ruled that an insurance agency could face liability after an employee with an arrest record allegedly took personal contact information from a confidential database and shared it with her boyfriend, who then used it to intimidate an individual. The employee did have a prior federal weapons charge that was resolved without conviction upon completion of a diversion program. She was employed by the insurance company for several years.

Brain lesions and delayed trauma

After a head trauma, a person in Massachusetts may develop a mass lesion in the brain. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, these brain injuries create pressure inside the skull. Most often, traumatic brain injuries are associated with lesions known as contusions and hematomas.

Maternal cardiac arrest has early warning signs

When you are sick, you want your North Adams doctor to be able to identify what the problem is and get you the prescription or the procedure that gets you back on your feet. Pregnancy issues can be different, though. Although your OB/GYN runs tests and watches for common threats to you and your baby, most do not have the critical specialization that prepares them for identifying and dealing with certain high-risk complications. At Donovan O’Connor & Dodig, LLP, we have counseled many patients who suffered long-term health problems because of a missed diagnosis during pregnancy.

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