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Man passes away after gall bladder operation, family sues

A man from Meriden, Connecticut, died after having an operation on his gall bladder. The operation happened on Jan. 14, back in 2013, but he had some complications and checked himself into the emergency room just four days later. On Jan. 25, he came back to the medical center, and this time he had sepsis. By Feb. 22, he had passed away, after some of his organs had shut down.

The man's family has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. They claim that the medical professionals did not provide a high enough level of care after the surgery or while it was happening. Additionally, they say that the man was given way too many narcotics, which contributed to his condition.

Medical malpractice suit pays man $4.25 million

A man from Wallingford started a medical malpractice suit after a surgical procedure. He has suffered from nerve damage that is permanent, impacting his left shoulder. The surgery happened back in 2008, but the lawsuit just concluded and the man was given $4.25 million as a result.

The man is 58 years old, and his case was heard by the Superior Court jury that is located over in New Haven.

2 cardiologists liable for man's death, $2.4 awarded to widow

Chest pains are something that every medical professional should take seriously since that is a sign of a heart attack. When the chest pains are coupled with dizziness or other symptoms, extra care is needed to ensure that the patient is properly cared for because cardiac issues are a probable cause of the symptoms. Failing to take these symptoms seriously can lead to devastating issues for the patient.

One man went to St. Vincent's Medical Center with dizziness and chest pain as the presenting symptoms on May 12, 2009. The man had a normal EKG and discharged himself from the medical center. He then returned to the hospital after a few hours with a primary complaint of chest pains. Again, the EKG was normal and a stress test was unremarkable. He was given a prescription for acid reflux and told to go in for a follow up in four weeks. He was discharged from the hospital.

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.

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