If you are a member of the Massachusetts workforce, you may find comfort in knowing that your employer carries workers' compensation insurance that will cover you if you should suffer a workplace injury. However, are you familiar with the procedures you must follow in the event of a workplace accident? Do you know that the insurers deny many claims?
When the American workforce was new, no one paid much attention to safety, and workers' compensation was a long time away. As workers' suffered injury after injury and became sickened due to materials used at work, it became clear these things were problematic. Lawmakers responded by creating the workers' compensation system, which has helped so many Boston residents and other Americans survive and thrive after an injury.
When discussing or thinking about failure to diagnose, conditions that affect the skin are often overlooked. Because people can see most of their skin every day, they may think that nothing is wrong. However, many patients may not notice the symptoms associated with such conditions because they see their own skin so often.
Mistakes on the part of any hospital employee can pose significant injury risks to you or a hospitalized family member. Most of us expect these medical professionals to provide competent, if not extraordinary, medical care to each person in need. Most of the time, that is exactly what happens, but other times, errors or outright negligence puts you or your family in harm's way.
Common sense will tell you that any occupation could be dangerous in its own unique way. However, as nearly everyone recognizes, some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. A recent report concerning on-the-job deaths in Massachusetts shines a harsh spotlight on several of the most dangerous occupations in the state.
Many workplaces in Massachusetts expose workers to hazards that could cause harm and days off work. Depending on the type of industry in which you work, you might be at a higher risk of contracting a disease than suffering bodily injuries. Some develop over time and become a chronic or serious health issue years later.
Any case involving medical negligence will have its own unique set of difficulties to overcome, and orthopedic malpractice is no exception. While courts do not purposely make it difficult for malpractice victims, they do require proof of negligence. If a simple accusation were enough to win a malpractice case, there would probably be a lot fewer doctors practicing in America.