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August 2015 Archives

Pharmacy errors can be serious for patients

Adverse drug reactions cause more than 100,000 deaths in the United States each year. According to HealthDay, some of these tragedies occur as the result of a pharmacy mistake. Pharmacists have a busy and stressful job, especially in today’s industry when many pharmacy companies cut down on staff to save on costs. This situation can be exacerbated with the higher demand for prescription medications that pharmacists experience in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

Zofran may significantly raise risk of birth defects

There are many medications that doctors prescribe during pregnancy that have been approved as safe and effective for a variety of conditions. However, other types of medications have had the opposite effect, either causing harm to the expectant mother or unborn child. If you’re expecting a baby, you may rightly be concerned about the medications your doctor recommends you take. What if a drug you are told is safe actually has negative consequences? At Donovan & O'Connor, LLP, our lawyers are prepared to help families in Massachusetts receive justice if a medication taken during pregnancy resulted in a birth injury.

Concussions can be more serious than people think

Concussions are a common type of brain injury that may be caused by numerous activities or accidents. Massachusetts residents may get a concussion from being in a car accident, falling off a bicycle, playing sports or slipping and falling. These head injuries are often more serious than people might think. It is also possible for a doctor to misdiagnose brain trauma or give the wrong treatment, possibly leading to long-term complications.

What dangers might you face in an induced labor?

Expecting a baby should be one of the most exciting times of an expectant mother’s life. She should not have to worry about her own safety, or that of her baby, during a routine labor and delivery. If a baby is in your future, you have probably discussed delivery plans with your doctor. You may have learned about numerous labor induction methods, especially if your pregnancy is nearing full term and labor has shown no signs of approaching. Inducing labor is commonly practiced in delivery rooms across the country, including in Massachusetts.

Newborns placed at risk in Pitocin births

The birth of a child should be one of the most exciting and joyful times for you as a parent. If you’ve had a healthy pregnancy, you may not expect the labor and delivery to have any complications. If your doctor has discussed using Pitocin to start labor, you may have reason to be concerned. At Donovan & O'Connor, LLP, we have seen the tragic results of Massachusetts parents who had complications during the delivery process. There may be evidence suggesting that the drug Pitocin may be dangerous for newborn babies.

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