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March 2015 Archives

Breast cancer biopsies misinterpreted most of the time

Women in Massachusetts who have been diagnosed with breast cancer after a biopsy might want to get a second opinion before undergoing treatment. According to a study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 17, doctors misinterpret breast cancer biopsies 75 percent of the time.

Most burn injuries result from boiling liquids

According to an annual report released by the Massachusetts Fire Marshal in 2014, boiling liquids were the cause of nearly half of all burn injuries in the state in 2013. This is nothing new, as scalding liquids have been reported as the leading cause of all burns for the past 28 years in a row.

Types of wrongful death cases and potential compensation

Wrongful death is the death of an individual resulting from the negligent, wonton, willful or reckless actions of others. There are many types of situations in which Massachusetts families could file wrongful death lawsuits to seek compensation for the damages that the deaths of their loved ones have caused them. From work-related accidents and medical errors to traffic collisions and watercraft incidents, the victims could suffer fatal and catastrophic injuries because other people were reckless or negligent. Some wrongful death cases involve airplane crashes, drownings, electrocutions, gas explosions, and excessive exposure to chemicals or toxic substances.

How physician-patient privilege affects wrongful death cases

Every state, including Massachusetts, has a doctor-patient privilege statute. These laws exist to maintain the dignity and privacy of the patient from revelations that do not necessarily need to be public knowledge. However, when a patient dies, there is no consensus as to whether the doctor-patient privilege continues to exist. Many people hold that such privilege should remain to honor the wishes of the deceased, while others say the privilege restrains physicians from defending themselves against litigation.

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