It is a troubling experience any time a family member or loved one is hurt. However, it can be especially devastating when a newborn baby or young infant sustains a serious and potentially life-threatening injury. Every year, infants across the state of Massachusetts and beyond are forced to live with the long-term effects of preventable brain injuries as a result of medical malpractice. The attorneys at the law offices of Donovan & O’Connor, L.L.P., are all too familiar with the fact that while cases often result in damages awards for malpractice victims and their families, it can be difficult to quantify the nature and severity of symptoms that the child may experience in the future. If a child in your family is living with a TBI, it is important to be aware of the emotional and cognitive difficulties that he or she may be confronted with in the future.
Brain injuries are nothing to take lightly. Springfield residents who’ve suffered from them often don’t realize just how long their effects can linger, or why they’re required to be completely symptom-free before getting back to their normal lives. The reason is to protect them from an often fatal condition called Second Impact Syndrome.
Many illnesses are associated with a list of symptoms. Patients in North Adams suffering from a variety of conditions will often tell physicians about physical pains they are feeling. In many cases, a brain injury will exhibit certain telltale signs that should not be ignored. One woman’s experience demonstrates the danger of missing these key symptoms.
Humans are prone to error, but a series of errors is symptomatic of an underlying issue. Even one mistake in a North Adams delivery room is one too many, as anyone who has suffered birth injuries knows all too well. There are some facilities in which medical negligence extends to more than just one situation. As a recent string of lawsuits demonstrates, some hospitals may need to rethink their personnel or processes to reduce the risk harming infants.
A car accident can be traumatic, especially when it results in serious injury. North Adams residents who are rushed to a hospital expect doctors to do everything possible to improve their situations or minimize the effects. A small misstep, like failing to clear someone's airway, can result in a brain injury that can be life-changing.
There are many causes for a traumatic brain injury. In some cases, a car accident or assault can do major damage. In others, a North Adams physician’s negligence can result in the brain injury. As far too many veterans are learning, the war is causing these injuries, and a recent report shows that medical staff are failing to diagnose the condition.
When people in Massachusetts have to wait to receive money they are entitled to, time can seem to be passing at an agonizingly slow pace. For one teenage boy and his family in Colorado, the wait to receive money they needed to pay for medical expenses is finally over. Their struggle began back in 1997, when the boy was born at a hospital in Florida. Due to the actions of negligent nurses, he was injured during birth. As a result, the boy requires ongoing medical care around the clock for the rest of his life. A lawsuit was filed, and in 2007, a jury awarded the boy's family almost $31 million in damages for the negligent actions that caused his brain injury. However, the boy's family did not receive any of the money they were due until recently. This is because the private hospital where he was born had been taken over by the government, so it had sovereign immunity. The law in Florida blocks people from collecting judgments from government-run hospitals if the judgment is more than $200,000 unless the state legislature approves it. The family's attorney negotiated with lawmakers in order to reach a settlement. The boy, who now lives near Canon City, Colorado, received $10 million as a lump sum and will receive $1 million a year for the next five years.
In certain situations, when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, it may not be apparent until days after the incident. Because this can be an issue when trying to establish fault for the injury, those who may have sustained one in Springfield, Massachusetts should be checked out by medical personnel who can properly test for it.
If you are like a large majority of people in Massachusetts, when you go in for surgery, you probably aren’t worried about the cleanliness of the instruments being used. After all, this is the United States, where things like contaminated surgical instruments just don’t happen, right?
Almost any parent in Massachusetts will tell you that the birth of his or her child was one of the happiest moments in his or her life. There is nothing quite like the joy and contentment one can feel by holding his or her brand new baby. Unfortunately for some parents, this moment can be marred when their child is born with complications, especially if those complications could have been avoided.