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Year after year Lubin & Meyer PC outpaces all other medical malpractice law firms achieving more verdicts and settlements than any other firm in New England. (See related story: Lubin & Meyer Stands Apart in Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements.)We publish on our website summaries of some of those cases. Most recently, we have added the following trial lawyer reports as follows. $10.7 Million VerdictLawrence General Hospital Surgeon for Failing to Treat Intestinal
Tracking 29 Things That Should Never Happen in a Hospital Despite a reputation for excellence and innovation, Massachusetts hospitals can sometimes be dangerous places. In an effort improve patient safety, the state Department of Health tracks “serious reportable events” also known as “never events” — avoidable adverse events that should never happen in a hospital. As defined by Massachusetts law,* a serious reportable event (SRE) is an event that results in a serious adverse patient…
US Hospitals Show Increasing Trend in Preventable Injuries and Deaths To Mothers During Childbirth Did you know that the United States currently has the highest rate of women who die during childbirth in the developed world? Women in our country are suffering life-altering injuries and death — most of which are avoidable injuries — due to hospitals that do not take appropriate steps and care of mothers leading up to and during and after delivery. Recent…
The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld a $35.4 million verdict from 2015, in a medical malpractice lawsuit (Larkin v. Johnston) involving injury to a mother during childbirth. The lawsuit was brought by a 28-year-old mother who was left paralyzed by a stroke hours after the vaginal birth of her daughter. Andrea Larkin received prenatal care by the OB/GYN group at Dedham Medical Associates, where previously her primary care physician, Dr. Johnston, had found…
In the first six months of 2018, medical malpractice law firm Lubin & Meyer PC has achieved four multimillion dollar jury verdicts — including a rarely seen “gross neg­ligence” verdict — more than any other firm in the Commonwealth. The verdicts are listed below. Click on a link to view more information about any trial. $3.2 Million Verdict for the family of a Mass. General patient regarding a doctor’s failure to inform the patient of…
Misdiagnosis and Delay in Diagnosis of Cancer and Other Diseases Is Common — Especially in Younger and Female Patients A recent study reveals that among patients who sought a second opinion at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, more than 20% had been misdiagnosed by a primary care provider. As reported in the Washington Post: “The researchers looked retrospectively at 286 patients who had seen primary-care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in 2009 and 2010.…
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has published new guidelines that would make more patients eligible for critical treatments to remove or dissolve blood clots that cause strokes. The guidelines, based on the most recent science available, were published in the Association’s journal Stroke, and the research is published on the NEJM website here. See also the New York Times reporting below. — Lubin & Meyer PC (@LubinandMeyer) January 31, 2018 More time for…
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month While the American Cancer Society does not recommend screening for persons of average risk of lung cancer, it does recommend screening for those who are at high risk of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking. Lung cancer screening consists of a low-dose CT scan of the chest, and it is covered by Medicare and most health plans if you are at high risk. How is risk determined? Take the…
New Survey Reveals Patient Attitudes on Patient Safety A new survey reveals that 41% of Americans have experienced a medical error while receiving healthcare. According to the national survey, Americans’ Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety, by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago: 10% reported personally experiencing a medical error 20% know someone whose care they were involved with experienced a medical error 11% reported…
    What is sepsis? Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. According to information compiled by the Sepsis Alliance, sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have, commonly lungs (pneumonia) kidney (urinary tract infection) skin gut triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Sepsis…