Archive for February, 2014

Police Taser and beat deaf man unconscious as he tries to use sign language triggering lawsuit

Police in California needlessly tasered a deaf man to the ground and then beat him into unconsciousness, a new lawsuit claims. Jonathan Meister alleges officers discharged the electric charge into his body after mistaking his attempts to communicate via sign language as aggressive hand signals. He claims four cops arrived at his friend’s house in […]

civil rights suit, civil rights violations, Personal Injury, Uncategorized, wrongful death

Boy dies from ratbite fever

The family of a 10-year-old boy who died last summer from ratbite fever is suing Petco Animal Supplies Inc. for selling them the pet rat. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Tuesday it ruled the June 12, 2013, death of the 10-year-old boy accidental. He died from streptobacillus moniliformis, more commonly known as ratbite […]

Uncategorized

Medical Malpractice Numbers and Trends

Costs of Medical Negligence to Patients • Between 44,000 to 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year due to preventable medical errors. (Institute of Medicine, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, 2000.) • The annual costs to society for medical errors in hospitals at $17 billion to $29 billion. (Institute of Medicine, […]

medical malpractice, Personal Injury, wrongful death

MRSA Infections – early detection and treatment are key

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as “MRSA,” causes an aggressive infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics. It is estimated that about 90,000 people in the United States become sick each year from MRSA. Out of these 90,000, it is estimated that 18,000 will die from the infection (about 20%). While the infection has […]

medical malpractice, Personal Injury, wrongful death

Do Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Increase Health Care Costs?

Over the last few years, many people in Massachusetts have experienced the rising cost of health care. Some have pointed to medical malpractice lawsuits as a major factor in the cost increase. Critics of medical error lawsuits argue that frivolous lawsuits and settlement awards have driven up health care costs and some have called for […]

medical malpractice, Personal Injury, wrongful death

5 types of pedestrian accidents

When you think about pedestrian accidents, you may envision someone being thrown over the roof of the car – much like a scene from an action movie. Some people might be surprised to know that there are actually five (5) different types of pedestrian accidents. The five different types of pedestrian collisions are: Wrap Trajectory […]

Car Accidents, Massachusetts Dram Shop Attorney, Motorcycle Accidents, pedestrian accidents, Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents, wrongful death

Pedestrian accident in Waltham, MA

According to a report by the Boston Globe and Boston.com, three Brandeis University students were struck by a car and seriously injured Sunday night while crossing South Street, which bisects the Waltham campus, police said. The students — an 18-year-old man, 18-year-old woman, and 22-year-old woman — were in a crosswalk when they were hit […]

Car Accidents, pedestrian accidents, Personal Injury