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Helping you prove cause in a medical malpractice action

When we are ill or injured, we rely on medical professionals to help us. Whether that means diagnosing a patient or determining a course of treatment, doctors in Massachusetts and elsewhere are trusted to make accurate medical decisions. But just like anyone else, a doctor is human and subject to human errors. This means that mistakes could be made during the diagnosis process, resulting in wrong or delayed diagnoses. This could cause a patient to receive no care or the wrong treatment plan, resulting in new or worsened conditions.

When diagnostic errors occur, it may not be initially clear that these mistakes were made. At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, our attorneys understand how significant medical errors can be. Because of this, we are dedicated at helping individuals in the North Adams area explore their rights when it comes to filing a medical malpractice action.

Drowsy driving is a common cause for tractor-trailer collisions

Because of their large size, tractor-trailers can cause significant damage when they collide with other vehicles. Collisions between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles can have a variety of causes. However, a drowsy truck driver is a common cause for this type of crash.

Drowsy driving can mean a driver fell asleep at the wheel. However, it can also mean that the driver was impaired by lack of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation can cause some of the same types of impairments that drinking alcohol can cause.

Taking action after a serious accident

When individuals in Massachusetts and elsewhere think of accidents, they often think of those that victims are able to walk away from with minor to moderate injuries. While this may be common in minor car accidents, the reality is that severe incidents can occur, leaving victims with catastrophic and life-threatening injuries. The aftermath of such an accident can be emotional, overwhelming, complex and financially draining. Thus, it is important to understand what can be done to overcome this situation.

At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, out knowledgeable attorneys have years of experience guiding victims of serious accidents through complex personal injury actions. Whether one seeks personal representation for the injuries he or she suffered or a loved one wants representation for the loss of a family member, our law firm is available to assist individuals in the North Adam area.

How is medical negligence proven?

Going to the doctor in Massachusetts can be a routine or isolated event. Whether one is going to their physician because they are ill, injured or require a yearly check up, a patient is likely to take into consideration everything their medical professional has shared with them. In some cases, this could mean mistakes made when making a diagnosis, prescribing a medication or initiating a treatment plan.

How is medical negligence proven? There is a standard of care when it comes to medical professionals. If this standard of care is not met and harms are caused to the patient, then this could be a matter of medical malpractice.

Why you should use a lawyer for Medicaid planning

Many seniors and their families don't use a lawyer to plan for long-term care or Medicaid, often because they're afraid of the cost. However, an attorney can help you save money in the long run and make sure you're getting the best care for your loved one.

Diagnostic errors and helping you recover compensation

One likely goes to a medical professional to get better. However, some individuals in Massachusetts and elsewhere suffer the opposite. Because a medical professional failed to properly or timely diagnose a patient, that patient suffers from misdiagnosis. This medical error could have significant impacts on the patient, causing some to suffer a depreciated health or even death.

While medical professionals have the education, training and skills necessary to properly diagnose and treat patients, they are still humans and subject to human errors. And when errors are made, the patient could suffer tremendously. At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, our skilled attorneys understand how devastating it can be when a patient suffers at the hands of a medical professional. Thus, our law firm is dedicated at helping patients navigate medical malpractice matters.

If a pre-existing condition is exacerbated due to a fall, recovery is not barred

If you are hurt as a result of someone else's negligence, you are entitled to be compensated for the resulting harm, whether it's for medical expenses, missed time from work, or pain and suffering. However, it is common for the responsible party (or the insurance company that might foot the bill) to claim that a physical injury is the result of a "pre-existing condition" in an attempt to avoid paying appropriate compensation. While it is true that an at-fault party is not responsible for your underlying condition, if their negligence made your condition worse, they are responsible for the worsening of your condition.

New rules make it more difficult for veterans to qualify for long-term benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) put in place new rules that make it more difficult to qualify for long-term care benefits. The rules, similar to those already in force for Medicaid, establish an asset limit, a look-back period, and asset transfer penalties for claimants applying for pension benefits that require a showing of financial need. 

Pediatric errors and medical malpractice claims

Medical malpractice often results in tragic consequences. This is particularly true when we’re talking about pediatric care leading to injuries of children.

A recent HealthLeaders’ publication article discusses the causes of medical errors involving infants and young children. It speaks of a new study demonstrating that brain injury cases account for the highest number of malpractice claims. It notes that diagnosis errors are extremely common in pediatric cases as well.

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