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Medical negligence: Family awarded $29.5 million for loss

Medical tests are a supposed to be the key to discovering a diagnosis or determine a health problem, not be the end of a life. Unfortunately, many medical tests have some risks associated with their completion, but they are typically rare. Sadly, one woman in another state lost her life while undergoing a CT scan. Massachusetts's families may be interested in the family's recent civil court victory following their claim for medical negligence.

Failure to diagnose ends man's career; $18.4 million awarded

Physicians are not allowed to perform HIV tests on patients without a thorough explanation and consent to a test. Test results can be life-changing for a patient, but if caught early enough, some patients are able to live relatively healthy lives with treatment. One patient made the terrifying decision to have an HIV test performed, but despite his consent, he was never tested. Massachusetts patients may be interested to learn that a jury recently awarded the man $18.4 million for the harm he suffered due to two different physicians' failure to diagnose him in a timely manner.

"Recreational immunity" may not Protect a Landowner or a Contractor from Lawsuit

In many states, landowners and their agents cannot be sued for deaths or injuries that occur on property they have opened up to the public for recreational activities like swimming, hiking, fishing, camping or horseback riding. "Recreational immunity," as it is called, only applies if the landowners open up the property to the public for free of charge and does not apply to gross negligence claims. In Massachusetts, "recreational immunity" is governed by G.L. c. 21 ยง17C.

Court hearings continue for $14.2 million medical negligence case

When perusing a medical malpractice lawsuit claim in Massachusetts, a person can find the legal system confusing due to the labyrinth of paperwork that needs to be filed. Unfortunately, it is also not a quick process. Because a civil lawsuit can take years to resolve, victims of medical negligence may wish to choose the right attorney to begin the journey. One man in another state began his lawsuit almost two years ago, and he is now in the process of appeals to obtain his awarded multi-million dollar judgment.

Jury says medical negligence resulted in woman's death

People die in Massachusetts every day due to various reasons. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. That fact can be alarming to patients seeking care from reputable doctors and nurses. Sadly, despite 30 years of experience, one doctor was recently accused of medical negligence and was ordered to pay a family a judgment of $6.8 million for their loss.  

THREE REASONS WHY GIVING YOUR HOUSE TO YOUR CHILDREN ISN'T THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT IT FROM MEDICAID

Are you afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for long term care Medicaid? While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it.

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