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What you need to know: Appealing a workers' compensation denial

You’ve been hurt on the job. Your injuries are preventing you from living the life you once did. You worry that there will always be pain. What if you can’t work again? Or, what if you can work, but not in your chosen field? With all these worries and questions already in your mind, learning that your workers’ compensation claim was denied can feel like such a crushing blow.

Cerebral palsy can be due to pregnancy and labor problems

For expectant Boston, Massachusetts, mothers, childbirth is supposed to be a blessed time when their baby daughter or son finally gets to emerge into the world after nine months of preparing to do so. Unfortunately, in some cases, medical malpractice may result in pregnancy-related injuries. Those injuries may severely affect the long-term health of the child. Parents who find themselves in that situation will of course want to secure alternative medical care for their baby. After that, they will also want to secure an attorney to pursue damages that will allow them to pay for that care.

Why hospitals can be held liable for their doctors' malpractice

Doctors aren't the only ones that can be sued for medical malpractice. It's possible to sue anyone who comprises your medical team including nurses, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists. You can sue rehab facilities, pharmacists, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies as well. At the crux of any medical malpractice lawsuit is the ability of a plaintiff to prove provider negligence.When it comes to hospitals, they can be held liable for both their own negligence as well as that of their employees. As for how or why a hospital can be held liable for their employees' actions, it has to do with the fact that they're expected to conduct risk assessments of their employees. If they fail to properly investigate their employees' education, licensing or training, they can be considered negligent.A hospital also has the responsibility to thoroughly investigate individuals with whom it is affiliated. For example, it's important for a hospital to thoroughly investigate the record of a physician before awarding him or her rights to treat patients at its facilities.It's also important that hospital administration stay abreast of state staffing minimums and any shortages that may exist. Many states have certain requirements in place that dictate what the staff-to-patient ratio should be in both hospitals and other health care facilities. A lot of resources have gone into determining what ratio is necessary to ensure that their patients receive the highest quality care.Hospitals also have as a responsibility to ensure that patients receive care that is aligned with what their personal physician ordered for them. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the consequences of not having done so.

Rare cancer misdiagnosis leads to chemotherapy, hysterectomy

Picture going through months of chemotherapy – even having a life-alerting surgery – all to treat the cancer that you did not really have? It’s a hard image to even process, but it’s a reality that some women are going through.

Spinal surgery malpractice statistics

The Spine Journal recently published a study that tracked medical malpractice cases involving spinal surgery between 2010 and 2014. Of the 103 lawsuits during that time frame that were listed in the WestlawNext databases, the following statistics were identified, with adjusted values for 2016 inflation:

2 Lessons to learn from $750k Massachusetts workplace injury case

A Massachusetts’s man was recently awarded $750,000 for injuries sustained on the job. The 52-year-old was removing ice and snow from a commercial roof during the winter of 2015. He slipped, landed on his feet and fractured his heel.

Just how bad can a slip and fall at work really be?

Slip-and-fall accidents are the bane of just about every workplace. It doesn't matter if you work in an office or an industrial plant -- you run the risk of falling on the job and losing precious time at work and the income that goes with it.

Patients should learn about health care-acquired infections

When Boston, Massachusetts, residents go into hospitals, they hope that they will emerge healthier than when they went in. However, in cases of hospital negligence, people often emerge from hospitals in worse condition than when they went in. Those cases include patients getting infections while in the hospital. For that reason, everyone should be knowledgeable about health care-acquired infections, also known as HAIs.