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Injured patient accuses therapist, clinic of medical negligence

Medical professionals are supposed to be just that: professionals. Patients in Massachusetts and across the country rely on their doctors, therapists and other medical providers to exercise a high standard of care. When a health care provider fails to meet this standard, any medical negligence often comes at a high cost indeed, and unfortunately, the cost is often that of human suffering.

In another state, for example, a case of alleged professional negligence has apparently resulted in serious back injuries to a woman, and she and her husband have decided to sue for compensation. The couple has filed a complaint alleging that, in Aug. 2016, the wife was undergoing physical therapy, where she was instructed by a therapist to perform squats on a half-moon ball. When she did so, she apparently fell backwards and landed on the floor, causing her to fracture her lumbar vertebrae.

As a result, the complaint states that the woman suffered a number of bodily injuries, in addition to pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability and more. The lawsuit accuses the health system, the rehabilitation facility and others of a failure to exercise a professional standard of care and treatment. The plaintiff claims that the therapist, as an employee of the defendants, failed in her duty to properly supervise and instruct the patient in use of the equipment, and also failed to realize the risk of falling during the patient's session.

For the patient's pain and suffering, as well as the incurred medical expenses and the husband's claims of loss of consortium and companionship, the plaintiffs are requesting a judgment of over $15,000, in addition to all legal fees and any other relief as the court sees fit. Any patients in Massachusetts who have similarly suffered due to the apparent medical negligence of a health care provider may wish to explore their options for justice and compensation. Often, the guidance and support of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer is crucial in securing a positive outcome in lawsuits of this nature.

Source:, "Orange County couple accuses health care providers of negligence", Delma M. Serrano, Oct. 25, 2017

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