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Connecticut man awarded $4.2 million for unnecessary surgery

When a patient has surgery, he or she has put his or her trust in the doctor, surgeon and other medical staff. A patient usually believes that the surgery is needed; however, as the case below demonstrates, that is not always the case.

A 58-year-old man from Wallingford, Connecticut, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and a medical group after he underwent surgery in 2008. The surgery was deemed necessary by the doctor in order to remove a mass that was in his neck.

Man gets $500,000 after being mocked

A man went in for a colonoscopy back in 2013, not expecting that his doctors would make fun of him the whole time. However, that's exactly what happened, as the anesthesiologist began telling jokes and making mocking comments about him, even going so far as to make joke's about the man's masculinity.

Now, a jury has taken the man's side, and he has been awarded half a million dollars as a result.

Medical malpractice case filed against senator

Medical malpractice cases are filed with the hope that the plaintiff will recover monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and much more. Sometimes, the lawsuit is filed against some rather prominent members of the medical profession.

This case from Alabama is rather interesting. The plaintiff was treated by a doctor who is also a state senator in Alabama. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor placed a PICC, or a special IV, in a woman who had just given birth and contracted a MRSA infection. He ordered two antibiotics that home health nurses were supposed to give the woman; however, the woman's husband actually gave the woman the medication instead of a home health care worker. The woman, according to the lawsuit, developed Gentamicin toxicity. That has led to her suffering a great deal of pain and mental anguish. The court documents allege negligence on the part of the doctor for not ensuring the woman received the medication from a home health professional. The home health care provider was also named in the suit. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the doctor was negligent in not ordering to track the woman's level of Gentamicin.

Communication mistakes often lead to medical malpractice

Medical malpractices cases in Connecticut can often be so frustrating for those who are injured because the whole thing feels so preventable. If you've been suffering due to something like this, you know exactly how this feels. Recent studies have backed this up, showing that one of the main reasons for medical malpractice is simply poor communication at one level or another.

So, how exactly did this manifest itself? The studies, in which patients were polled about their experiences, showed a variety of different issues, including the following:

$45.6 million award for paralyzed 14-year-old boy

Medical malpractice lawsuits seek to hold doctors, medical staff and medical entities responsible for failing to meet the standard of care in medical treatments and services. The parents of a 14-year-old boy from Long Island, New York, filed such a lawsuit after their son had surgery in order to correct the boy's scoliosis. The surgery was done in 2002 and he was 22 in 2010 when he passed away. Complications from being paralyzed played a role in his death.

According to the plaintiffs' attorneys, there were four screws misplaced during the surgery that caused the paralysis by pressing on the boy's spinal cord. In addition, the parents' attorneys said the hospital lied about how the boy's paralysis occurred. The hospital told the parents the boy had a stroke. They allegedly also said that a CT scan showed no damage to the boy's spinal cord.

Examples of medical malpractice in multiple settings

Medical malpractice can happen in a host of different settings. It does not have to be during a hospital stay. It's very important to know how and where it can show up so that you know what to look for—and you know if your rights have been violated.

One of the most common places that people think of medical malpractice is during surgery. The surgeon could operate on the wrong site, use a medication to which you are allergic, or even forget a foreign item in your body after the surgery concludes.

Age increase for minors to file negliglence or malpractice suits

On May 14, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill that would give minors more time to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice or negligence. As the law stands right now, minors must file a lawsuit within two years of when the injury occurred or until they are 18 years old.

The new proposal would bump the age to 19. It would also allow a lawsuit to be filed within seven years after the minor suffered the injury.

Epidural damages results in $4.25 million malpractice award

A woman has been awarded $4.25 million in a malpractice lawsuit after she suffered permanent injury to her spinal cord. The incident happened in 2009 during the birth of her baby.

According to the lawsuit, the Bridgeport woman was hit in the terminal spinal cord with the epidural needle. This caused a cystic lesion, which "has ... permanently deprived [the woman] of her ability to carry on and enjoy life's activities." During an interview with Fox CT, she said that she "went in to have my baby and I didn't expect my life to be changed so drastically."

Motorcycle Awareness Month begins May 1

As many in Connecticut begin to ride their motorcycles again after a long winter, other motorists may not think about the sudden influx of these bikes on the roadways. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the American Motorcyclist Association is appealing to motorists to check their blind spots and mirrors, and to be aware of their surroundings when driving.

The chief executive officer and president of AMA said that there are currently over 1,124 federal and state bills that would affect a motorcyclist's rights or motorcycle safety. Awareness issues receiving top attention this year include driver and motorcyclist training and distracted driving. The latter is the subject of over 150 bills that state legislators are considering. Some of the bills ban the use of any electronic device by a driver, while others will ban minors from using an electronic device.

Woman's hysterectomy leads to medical malpractice lawsuit

When a person goes to see a doctor, he or she trusts that the right treatment will be provided. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Due to a doctor's negligence -- or the negligence of other medical staff -- the patient's condition is made worse. When this occurs, the patient and his or her family do have a right to seek compensation from those responsible.

A woman in a southwest state has filed a lawsuit alleging malpractice against a medical clinic and two doctors. According to the lawsuit, damages are sought in excess of $50,000.

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