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download-4When we go to the doctor seeking treatment we expect to leave with solutions to our pressing medical problems.  However, in some cases, the doctor or other member of the medical team makes an error which causes devastating consequences.   If you or a loved one has experienced an injury during the course of any type of medical treatment, you may be entitled to bring a medical malpractice claim under Massachusetts Law.

Medical Malpractice Consequences

According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, over 400,000 people die in our country every year as a result of errors in medical treatment.  This does not include the thousands more who survive but are left with serious and debilitating injuries.

Not long ago, a series of mistakes at an eye surgery clinic in West Springfield resulted in five patients suffering from blindness. Each had been operated on the same Tuesday morning in what was promised to be a quick, 15-minute outpatient procedure. Blindness in general is a rare complication for such a surgery which should have raised a red flag. Five occurrences in the same day at the same clinic while undergoing the same procedure seems unprecedented, and the allegations are that the doctor used a needle to inject patients with anesthesia rather than offer a less risky alternative. One of those patients later won a $1.3 million verdict, while other cases are pending.medical malpractice attorney

What this case has in common with a growing number of other Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuits is the fact that it occurred at a surgical center. A recent analysis by USA Today and Kaiser Health News revealed that as surgical centers have risen in popularity, obtaining approval for an ever-expanding range of complex procedures, despite having a lack of training and state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.

The report indicated there are more than 5,600 surgical centers across the country. These facilities first started gaining steam about five decades ago, touted as a lower cost alternative for those seeking relatively minor procedures. However, now the number of surgery centers has dwarfed the number of hospitals. Although any surgical procedure has the potential for complications, there is no question that hospitals on the whole are better equipped to handle emergencies than these surgical centers.  Continue reading