Boston Medical Malpractice Actions: 5 Things to Think About First

Filing a lawsuit after being harmed by a medical professional is by no means the easiest thing to do. But in some cases, it may be the right thing to do. However, before you rush into legal action, consider these five things first:

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What Is an “Offer of Proof” in a Boston Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

99933680One of the most essential reasons to work with a Boston medical malpractice attorney if you are a malpractice victim is for assistance in navigating the complicated legal system. To be sure, filing a medical malpractice claim is not as simple as heading to the court and alleging that malpractice occurred; rather, there are a number of specific steps that must be taken, and strategies that must be employed, to recover the compensation one deserves. One step that is essential for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice claim to understand is the requirement to produce an “offer of proof.” Attorney Douglas Lovenberg is ready to guide you through everything you need to know.

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Melissa Rivers’ Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Settled

153866572 (Custom)In September of 2014, Joan Rivers died at Yorkville Endoscopy after going into cardiac arrest. Rivers went into cardiac arrest, resulting in her death, while undergoing a routine medical procedure.

 

In 2015, Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, filed a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, Dr. Lawrence Cohen (medical director), Robert Koniuta (anesthesiologist), and Dr. Gwen Korovin (J. Rivers’ personal ear, nose, and throat doctor). After many months, a settlement has finally been reached.

 

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Plaintiffs of Medical Malpractice Suits May Be Able to Keep their Money

Judge Slams His Gavel and American Flag Table Reflection.Subrogation refers to a legal doctrine where one party is allowed to recoup monetary funds for another after having fronted costs. Typically, subrogation is used to refer to the rights of insurance companies, who will often pay for patients’ services up front, but then are later entitled to recover costs if the plaintiff wins a lawsuit. However, a recent decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court may change this, allowing plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions (and other personal injury lawsuits) to keep a greater percentage of their winnings.

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Transitions Out of Hospitals Dangerous for Patients

Suffering patient touching his backAfter a major surgery, procedure, or health crisis, a patient will be transferred out of the hospital to either their own home or a care facility. While this transfer should be done with a high degree of care to ensure that the patient continues receiving the medical attention that they need, too often, errors are made during the transition process resulting in adverse patient events. In fact, an article published in The Washington Post reads that the transition period is “one of the most dangerous periods for patients.”

 

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Arsenic in Rice Cereals and Lawsuits Against Pediatricians

AresenicMost parents of infants use rice-based cereals and baby foods to transition their child from breast milk (or formula) to solid foods. And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends just this – beginning with dry infant rice cereal, and then adding in other foods at a later date. As such, it is no surprise that, relative to body weight, rice intake for infants is about three times that of rice intake for adults.

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Can I File a Lawsuit Against an Alternative Health Practitioner?

Woman having reiki healing treatment , alternative  medicine concept.When you seek care from a medical professional for a health concern, you’ll probably notice a set of letters next to the healthcare professional’s printed name. These letters – M.D., R.N., or N.P. – tell you that the person from whom you are seeking care went to school and obtained certification, and is either a registered doctor, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner; the letters provide a sense of comfort and reassurance.

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Yeast Infection Drugs Associated with Miscarriages

Yeast InfectionThe U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that doctors should exercise caution in prescribing certain yeast infection drugs to pregnant woman, based on new evidence that highlights that the drugs may lead to miscarriage. Earlier studies of the drug – fluconazole, brand name Diflucan – showed that high concentrations of the drug, when taken by pregnant woman, may lead to birth defects.
 
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Identifying Cancer Risks with Breast Tissue Density

Having more dense breasts is completely normally, and completely healthy. Despite this, however, it is a law in 25 states in the nation that, following a mammogram, women must be notified regarding the density of their breasts. The letters are regarded as tools that allow women to take their health into their own hands in a proactive process – after all, denser breasts are linked to a higher slightly rate of breast cancer. However, the breast tissue density reports often lead to more confusing than good; not only are they often written at a level that could only be understood by someone with a Ph.D., according to a recent article published by NPR, but they often leave women confused about what to do with the information.

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C-Sections and Medical Malpractice

Cesareans, or C-sections, and their proliferation over the past 15 years have become an issue of increasing concern among patient safety advocates and medical professionals. Statistics indicate that the rate has increased by 50% during this period so that a C-section is the second most practiced surgical procedure in the US. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 30% of all deliveries are now done by C-section.

 

But the rate at which hospitals perform the surgery vary widely, even among those situated within a few miles of each other.

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