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November 2017 Archives

THE LIFE ESTATE: A USEFUL TOOL IN THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES

The term "life estate" often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning. Life estates can be used to avoid probate and to give a house to children while retaining the ability to live there. Life estates also can play an important role in Medicaid planning. But what, exactly, does the term mean and how are life estates used?

Lawsuit alleges birth injuries due to doctor's failure to screen

For many in Massachusetts, becoming a parent is likely the happiest day of their lives, especially for any who struggle with fertility. It's all the more upsetting to imagine, then, going through the time, emotional investment and financial costs for treatments at a fertility clinic, only to have your beloved child suffer from birth injuries due to a doctor's negligence. Yet just such an incident has apparently occurred in another state, where two couples have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after their infants were born with genetic abnormalities.

Chris Dodig Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers

Attorney Chris S. Dodig was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers ("ACTL"). This is a distinguished honor in recognition of Attorney Dodig's excellence as a trial attorney and the high professional standards to which he adheres.

Mishandling of pregnancy complications can prove fatal to infants

For many expectant mothers in Massachusetts, the nine months leading up to the birth of their child is a period of anticipation and joy. Sadly, this is not always the case. When careless or negligent doctors fail to take proper steps when pregnancy complications arise, the results are often devastating, if not fatal.

Lawsuit claims medical negligence left man permanently disfigured

Most individuals, whether in Massachusetts or anywhere in the country, have relied on health care professionals from birth, trusting doctors' medical knowledge and experience to keep them and loved ones healthy. Sadly, sometimes that trust doesn't pan out and certain doctors -- through oversight, careless errors or just plain medical negligence -- fail to exercise the skill and standard of care expected of the medical community. A medical malpractice lawsuit in another state alleges just such carelessness.

Girl with brain injury awarded $17M in medical malpractice case

Massachusetts residents entrust their well-being to physicians every day, relying on doctors' education and judgment to keep them healthy. Tragically, sometimes this trust is misplaced and the patient is left to pay a heavy price. In another state, a recent medical malpractice lawsuit involving a brain injury has attempted to address this issue, and while it cannot restore the victim's health, it can at least help make sure she will receive the care and treatment she needs.

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