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January 2018 Archives

Family of infant girl injured during birth awarded $40M

Sadly, birth defects are sometimes unavoidable, even when Massachusetts moms do everything they can for a healthy pregnancy. Birth injuries, on the other hand, quite frequently are preventable, and there's little worse than knowing a perfectly healthy baby was injured during birth due to a doctor's careless mistake. A recent lawsuit in another state alleged just such medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice suit alleges cardiologist caused man's death

Losing a loved one is hard enough. Even more upsetting, though, is knowing the loss might have been prevented were it not for the negligence or error of another. Perhaps worst of all is when this other individual was a trusted professional, such as a doctor, as in a recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit.

Lawsuit: Surgeon leaves OR early and patient suffers brain injury

During surgical procedures in Massachusetts or anywhere else, unexpected events can and do occasionally happen. This is only one reason among many why it's so important to have highly trained and experienced surgeons present. They can react if a serious issue arises, so that the problem can be addressed quickly, before permanent damage -- such as a brain injury -- occurs. In another state, a family has filed a lawsuit against a surgeon alleging just such an event.

Medical negligence suit filed after surgical tool left in patient

While it happened on the other side of the country, a recent surgical error may have many people in Massachusetts thinking twice before they schedule their next operation. A woman has filed a medical negligence lawsuit against a doctor and hospital. It is claimed that the physician left a surgical tool inside her body after an operation.


A durable power of attorney is an extremely important estate planning tool. If you become incapacitated due to dementia or some other reason, this crucial document allows the person you appoint (your "attorney-in-fact" or "agent") to act in place of you (the "principal") for financial purposes. The agent under the power of attorney can quickly step in and take care of your affairs. The "durable" aspect of a power of attorney allows the document to remain valid after your incapacity.

Lawsuit claims mother, baby injured during birth from negligence

The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most joyous occasions in many new Massachusetts parents' lives. Alarmingly, a growing concern around the country is the high incidence of serious injury to expectant mothers during labor and delivery. Of course, the number one concern of most parents is that their infant is not injured during birth, but prioritizing the health of the mother should not be far behind on the list of concerns for attendant health care providers.

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