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December 2015 Archives

Forced C-sections may leave women feeling helpless

If you are expecting a child in Massachusetts, you may or may not already know whether you will have a cesarean section. The C-section rate in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is high when compared to other countries. Medical professionals advise that a nation’s C-section rate should not exceed 10 to 15 percent, but 32.8 percent of mothers in the United States underwent these potentially risky surgeries in 2012. At Donovan & O'Connor, LLP, we believe you have the right to be informed about the possible risks of any procedure and that you should be allowed to consent to a procedure instead of having it forced on you.

Progressive brain disease common in football players

A passion for football is instilled in sports fans in Massachusetts and across the country. Unfortunately, football can come with risks that are more serious than broken bones or the occasional concussion. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to PBS, is a brain disorder that is caused by repeated blows to the head, which are common in football games. Recent research suggests that the issue is much more prevalent than it was previously believed.

How are blood clots potentially deadly?

If you have just gone through surgery, or if you have one of numerous medical conditions or other factors, you might be at risk of developing a life-threatening blood clot. For Massachusetts residents, this situation can be dire if a doctor fails to detect a blood clot before it breaks free and travels to a part of the body where it might be fatal.

Air bubbles after medical procedure may cause safety risk

It’s a scenario that is often dramatized in suspense movies and television shows, but nevertheless is a risk that some patients face – air bubbles can pose a serious hazard to patient health when they are present in the bloodstream. Massachusetts patients may become victims of an air embolism if their doctors fail to catch this problem after surgery or a medical procedure.

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