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Protecting victims and families' rights after anesthesia errors

Medical negligence can come in many forms, and one of the most common is anesthesia negligence. Countless patients across Massachusetts suffer serious or fatal injuries each year at the hands of negligent medical professionals. That is why, at the law firm of Barry D. Lang, M.D., & Associates, our goal is to protect the rights of those victims and their families by representing their interests as they pursue compensation for anesthesia errors.

3 things to know about Erb's palsy

While a mother and doctor may have one birth plan figured it, once in labor, the plans can drastically change in order to do what is best for the baby and mother. However, this is not to say that all aspects of a delivery are necessarily going to be a surprise. Rather, monitoring during pregnancy can alert doctors to such concerns as the baby being too big.

How common are surgical errors in Massachusetts?

It is not uncommon to read or see reports on national television about defective medical devices or dangerous drugs. However, it is not as common to hear or read about surgical errors tied to anesthesia or other drugs administered during surgery. Unfortunately for Massachusetts residents, simply because something is not a common topic of conversation, it does not mean that it does not happen.

Important basics about cerebral palsy, part 1

When a family is expecting a child, there is often just as much worry as there is excitement. Welcoming a child into the world brings great joy, but there are also risks associated with childbirth and issues that no parent would hope that they or their child would face.

What do doctors learn from malpractice complaints?

Since our law firm represents victims of medical malpractice in Massachusetts, we usually share posts about victims' cases, ranging from surgical errors, misdiagnoses, birth injuries and more. But this post takes a different look at the issue of medical malpractice, by giving you an idea of what doctors say and feel following a malpractice complaint. 

Some illnesses are more commonly misdiagnosed

Everyone will suffer from some sort of illness in their lives. Figuring out what is wrong with us is the first step toward feeling better. Whether someone suffers from food poisoning, the flu, or something as serious as cancer,  an accurate and timely diagnosis can make a significant difference in one's recovery.

What can I do to ensure proper prescription use? Pt. 2

In a previous post, we began a discussion about what a patient can do to try to avoid medication errors. Again, we will remind you that medication errors are often the result of doctor or pharmacist negligence. If you could do something to prevent such medical hardship, wouldn't you do it?

Can a bad judgment call lead to a birth injury?

When it comes to delivering a baby and what the best course of action is to take, parents rely on the expertise of their doctors to make the right call when it comes to the birthing process. If the doctor says forceps should be used, or that it is time for a cesarean section -- especially in the moment of delivery -- most parents will just trust that the doctor's advice is solid and go forward with the plan.

What can I do to ensure proper prescription use?

As our various blog posts about medical malpractice suggest, medical professionals are too often the cause of preventable health issues and medical complications. One type of those preventable health problems can be prescription drug errors.