Many in the community of Whitman, Massachusetts have waited for over a month to find out whether authorities would seek charges in connection with a tragic pedestrian accident that killed one man and left a 4-year-old girl injured. That wait was ended by the recent announcement that authorities are pursuing charges against the driver who struck the pair as they crossed a local street.
Massachusetts mothers understand the anxieties and uncertainties that accompany any pregnancy. There are a multitude of things that can go wrong at any stage of the pregnancy, and the delivery process itself is unpredictable and frightening for many women. The story of one mother's tragic birth experience is making headlines across the nation. She and the baby's father filed suit against the doctors and medical facilities that allegedly caused fatal birth injuries to their baby boy.
With the advent of the early teen years generally comes an increase in independence from one's parents. Parents may cede partial control to their children with some reluctance, however, knowing that while it is necessary for their growth into responsible adults, some unforeseen harm may befall their children while they are out on their own.
A recently filed lawsuit serves as an excellent example of the range of options available to victims of medical errors or negligence. In this unusual case, the patient was unable to pursue the medical professional directly because he died before she was ready to move forward with legal action against him. However, she and her family have now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the estate of the deceased surgeon. This case demonstrates that Massachusetts residents have options when it comes to medical malpractice.
Virtually no Massachusetts resident can avoid interaction with a medical professional at some point in his or her life. When these encounters are for the purposes of a simple check-up or other routine health maintenance, the risk of becoming a victim of medical malpractice seems relatively low. A recently released book authored by a practicing surgeon, however, suggests that there may be plenty to be apprehensive about when it comes to receiving medical treatment.