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Pedestrian killed in fatal Worcester accident

According to a recent report, a Worcester man was recently struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The truck that hit the pedestrian victim left the scene and police were looking for the driver following the accident. Authorities were looking for a dark colored truck with a snow plow. Police were asking for the public's help in locating the hit-and-run driver. Authorities spent a significant amount of time at the scene of the fatal pedestrian accident taking measurements and interviewing witnesses.

Victims of medical malpractice may have legal protections

Medical malpractice is a serious concern for victims and their families who have entrusted their health care and treatment to trained professionals. For medical conditions patients are suffering from to be properly treated, they must be properly diagnosed. An incorrect diagnosis, or delay in diagnosis, can result in improper treatment or delayed treatment that can result in a worsened condition or harm to the victim. A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can result in serious consequences for victims and their families, including death.

Types of medical malpractice victims should be familiar with

In general, medical malpractice refers to when a doctor or other medical professional provides negligent care that results in harm to the victim. Medical malpractice can occur when diagnosing, treating or managing an illness. When a doctor has deviated from the acceptable standard of care, or a hospital has provided improper care or treatment, a claim for medical malpractice may be possible.

How serious of a problem are medical errors?

Based on an eight year study, patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins recently concluded this year that greater than 250,000 patients die in the United States each year due to medical errors. The numbers place deaths due to medical errors higher than respiratory disease, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention names as the third leading cause of death in the United States with close to 150,000 deaths annually.

What is medical malpractice in Massachusetts?

Victims who have suffered harm related to the receipt of medical care are oftentimes left in a stressful position, and may wonder whether medical malpractice is a factor in their cases. In general, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional negligently causes harm to a patient. At times, medical malpractice results in harm such as a worsened condition, or it can result in death. Medical malpractice can include misdiagnosis or erroneous treatment. Doctors, medical professionals, hospitals and others can all be liable for medical malpractice based on the circumstances.

Car accident fatalities are on the rise

Car accident fatalities can devastate families, which is why the legal system provides remedies to help those affected by them. Car accident fatalities in the United States increased last year and are on track this year to be even worse. Deaths in automobile accidents increased by a little over 7 percent in 2015 from 2014. The total number of car accident fatalities in 2015 was 35,092. The increase represented the most significant increase since 1966. In addition, the National Safety Council recently reported that car accident fatalities are up 9 percent for the first half of 2016.

Understanding options available to pedestrian accident victims

Pedestrian accidents can be overwhelming for victims and lead to serious injuries and other harm. Pedestrian victims can be injured or killed in car accidents, truck accidents and bus accidents. These incidents can occur in a variety of ways, such as when a driver fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian; when a driver fails to stop at a cross walk for a pedestrian; when a driver fails to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and hits a pedestrian; when a driver fails to come to a complete stop at an intersection before turning right and strikes a pedestrian; when drivers fail to provide adequate space for pedestrians on the roadways; or when drivers travel too fast on roadways, creating risk to pedestrians.

Accident-related fatalities are increasing

In the United States, record numbers of victims are dying in a variety of different types of fatal accidents including car accidents but increasingly because of falls. The National Safety Council reports that 136,000 victims died accidentally in 2014 which is the highest number of fatal accident victims there has ever been. The number of fatal accident victims has increased by over 15 percent compared to 10 years ago and has increased by over 4 percent from 2013.

Options available when injured by a defective product

Defective products can cause serious and potentially catastrophic injuries that can result in death. In Massachusetts, products must be safe for a reasonably intended and foreseeable use. In addition, products must include proper instructions and sufficient warnings. When a product causes serious injuries or death, the product manufacturer may be liable to victims or family members of lost loved ones for the damages and harm they have suffered.

How much at risk are pedestrians?

Pedestrian accidents may be something you hear about often but wonder just how common they are. It was recently estimated that the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States increased by 10 percent in 2015. The increase represents the largest year-to-year increase since the statistics were first kept 40 years ago. The Governors Highway Safety Association annual data is based on preliminary pedestrian fatality data provided by highway agencies throughout the nation for the first 6 months of 2015.

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