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TV show depicts surgical errors

It's said that art imitates life, but that is a scary thing to contemplate for those who have watched the FOX television drama, The Resident. The show depicts the fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and its medical doctors and residents.

The pilot opened with the hospital's chief of surgery, Dr. Randolph Bell, badly botching a supposedly routine appendectomy. Due to an uncontrollable tremor in the surgeon's hand, he severs the patient's artery, causing him to bleed out right there in the operating room.

Is your Massachusetts job on the "most dangerous" list?

Whether you've been working for the same Massachusetts company for decades or recently started a new job, your risk for injury in the workplace might be at the low end of the spectrum or sky high. In fact, such risk can vary in the normal course of a workday, depending on your environment, the duties you are carrying out and what happens to be going on around you at a given moment. There are some industries, however, that most analysts consider high risk for on-the-job injuries.

If you work in one of these fields, it's important that your employer provide information, training and safety equipment to help you stay safe. Your employer has also likely purchased workers' compensation insurance, which provides benefits to injured workers during recovery. Navigating the workers' comp process can be stressful, especially if an insurance agency tries to deny your claim. It's good to know where to seek support, so there's no need to try to go it alone if a problem arises following a workplace accident.

Hospital negligence could claim your life

Patients in hospitals are quite vulnerable. They're often tethered to machines that simulate life for them. They may be alone and trying to make sense of the events that led to their hospitalization.

Often, there are language and cultural barriers to navigate as well. While interpreters should be brought in, a patient may not fully understand what the medical professionals are asking or telling them about their condition. In these scenarios, incomplete information or miscommunication could wind up being deadly.

Guilty verdict in trench drowning deaths of 2 workers

Justice was finally meted out to the survivors of two laborers who lost their lives in a 2016 trench disaster in South Boston.

The defendants, the Atlantic Drain Service and its owner, chose a bench trial in Suffolk Superior Court. The judge presiding over the case returned a guilty verdict for each defendant on the charge of witness intimidation and double counts of manslaughter.

We can help you find justice after a medical error

You trusted your doctor to correctly diagnose and treat your medical problems. Your literal life was in your physician's hands. If they dropped the ball and failed to diagnose your disease or misdiagnosed you and lifesaving treatment was delayed, you may have cause to sue them for malpractice.

The practice of medicine is nuanced, and there are often multiple courses of treatment for the same condition. Your doctor has to evaluate all of them and weigh their pros and cons before prescribing the best choice for you.

Needle sticks remain major danger for health care workers

If you work as a medical provider in a health care setting, getting stuck by a contaminated needle is likely one of your greatest concerns. Many debilitating and even deadly diseases can be transmitted from patient to health care worker via a dirty needle.

Even though HIV and AIDS is not necessarily the death sentence that it once was, the thought of being exposed to the virus can be quite traumatic. Even when AIDS is not a concern, there are many other diseases which can be acquired in this manner.

Medical errors make it dangerous to seek care

Doctors, surgeons, nurses and other health care professionals spend years of their lives studying medicine. When you are sick or hurt and seek treatment, you are relying on their knowledge and experience. Despite years of education and experience in the field, medical errors are frighteningly common.

Not all mistakes in life are dangerous. If you accidentally take your spouse's keys to work instead of your own, no one's life is on the line. A mistake or error at the doctor's office or in a hospital can be dangerous or even fatal. Because of this, it is important to hold medical professionals in Massachusetts responsible for any errors they make while on the job.

It's a doctor's call whether C-sections are necessary

Your due date came and went with no baby, and now your obstetrician is talking about the need for a C-section. This wasn't how you had planned to welcome your little bundle of joy into the world.

Is this surgery really necessary? It just might be. Read on to learn about common conditions that could make a C-section become a reality for your baby's birth.

Could your doctor be hazardous to your health?

Do you trust that your doctor has your best interests at heart? It's very important that your relationship with your primary care physician and others who render you care is based on trust.

But there can be reasons that you may start to question your doctor's intentions and/or actions regarding your treatment plan. Below are some circumstances where your doctor may be negligent.

Did a co-worker's illness cause your on-the-job injury?

Significant numbers of workers in the United States face harm and perhaps even death due to safety risks posed by their own co-workers. Certainly, some of these dangerous lapses can be attributed to negligence. But with others, the root cause may far less clear.

Such might be the case when a co-worker's declining health or chronic condition causes them to become a danger both to themselves and others working in close proximity with them.