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May 2018 Archives

Cosmetic surgery results in woman's brain injury

Many women in Massachusetts and around the world fantasize about their wedding day. Once a couple decides to get married, multiple preparations typically begin. Many women exercise, get skin treatments, tans, hairstyles and make-up as part of their personal preparation. Sadly, one woman in another state did not get to see her wedding dreams come true. She suffered permanent brain injury following a cosmetic surgery in preparation for her wedding.

Failure to diagnose infant may have led to death

Vaccinations have been a debated topic in the medical and parent community. Infants begin receiving vaccinations as early as two months old and cannot receive vaccinations any younger due to their developing immune system. Unfortunately, common viruses, such as whooping cough, can be fatal to a baby, especially when they have no immunity from a vaccine. A mother in another state filed a lawsuit against a pediatric group for failure to diagnose her infant daughter for whooping cough. Massachusetts parents may be interested in learning that a jury awarded the mother $4 million for negligence in her daughter's care.

Nursing error: Patients may have been exposed to virus

Nurses are the backbone of Massachusetts hospitals. They are the go-to for physician assistance, patient monitoring, symptom manager, medication administration, food feeder when needed, comfort provider and more. About anything a patient needs in a hospital, a nurse is a coordinator. One patient has filed a lawsuit against a hospital, claiming a nursing error resulted in pain and suffering over the last couple of months.

Failure to diagnose is more common with certain diseases

When going to the doctor or a hospital with an ailment, most people assume that the doctors will be able to diagnose the issue at hand. However, for many Massachusetts patients, issues with failure to diagnose can lead to unidentified risks to health and well-being. Although this is not the patient's fault, having some information about commonly-missed illnesses is a good idea when discussing a tricky diagnosis with a doctor.

HUD CHANGES TO REVERSE MORTGAGE PROGRAM

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has made changes to the federal reverse mortgage program. Citing the need to put the program on better financial footing, HUD has raised reverse mortgage fees for some borrowers and lowered the amount homeowners can borrow. The changes took effect on October 2, 2017. They affect borrowers who take out new loans, but not existing loans.

Medication error almost ended new mother's life

Infertility and/or pregnancy difficulties are realities that many couples face. For some, the pain and struggle of having a baby does not end with the joyous birth of a child. Many parents spend days, weeks or months in NICUs as babies struggle to survive. Massachusetts parents may be interested in how a medication error almost ended one mother's life within days of her child's birth.

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