Suffering a burn injury often means much more than simply experiencing pain. At Giarrusso North Cooley & McGlone, P.C., we have seen how people’s lives can be completely upended following a fire or other incident. When filing a lawsuit, we know how important it is to demonstrate how deeply a burn can affect the victim.
Massachusetts residents may be unaware of the degree to which medical professionals say they observe their colleagues and superiors making errors. According to a study in 2005 conducted by The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and VitalSmarts, over half of the 1,700 nurses, administrators, doctors and clinical-care staff surveyed observed behaviors in their colleagues that included breaking rules, making mistakes and failing to support others. Furthermore, more than 8 out of 10 doctors said they had seen colleagues taking dangerous shortcuts in patient care and 88 percent described colleagues as having poor clinical judgment.
Electronic medical records are intended to improve care for Massachusetts patients and aid communication among healthcare providers. Digital record keeping, however, is not infallible, and medical malpractice cases that awarded plaintiffs millions of dollars were determined in part by confusion created by the electronic records.
Massachusetts residents who suffer burns on their bodies have a full plate to deal with when it comes to recovery and recuperation. When a victim has difficulty adjusting to their new appearance and experiences anxiety, this is called body image distress.
Many people in Massachusetts have experienced sunburn or other minor burns from an iron or kitchen utensil. These injuries are terribly painful, but they generally heal and are gone in a few days. A severe or traumatic burn caused by a chemical, explosion or fire can be extremely debilitating or deadly. Such burns are often the result of workplace accidents, vehicle accidents or defective equipment.
Large trucks are involved in 3.1 percent of fatal accidents on Massachusetts roads. Although this is below the national average of 8.3 percent, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2012, accidents with large trucks remain especially dangerous due to the size and weight of the commercial vehicles.
Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury that results from the head being hit with an object or being jolted, causing the brain to move in the skull. While some doctors describe concussions as mild brain injuries, Massachusetts patients need to understand the serious effects that such injuries could have.
On Dec. 21, a 28-year-old Methuen man was killed as he stood in front of his broken down 2004 Lexus near Exit 46 on Route 495. His car was struck from the rear by a Dodge Durango driven by a 39-year-old man.
Massachusetts residents may not be aware of the recent federal review that found a 17 percent decline in preventable errors such as medicine mistakes, infections and bed sores. The study accounted for the 2010 to 2013 period and estimated that utilizing methods provided by health care quality experts has contributed to 50,000 fewer deaths in hospitals. The decline also accounts for health care costs savings of around $12 billion.
Massachusetts patients may be affected by laws that do not require physicians to inform them of a medical error. Many doctors fear their patients will file malpractice lawsuits if they admit to fault. The disclosure process is also largely unregulated with no universal standard practices to guide physicians as they inform patients of mistakes made during practice.