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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.

Malpractice lawsuit brings outpatient clinic problems to light

The son of a 53-year-old man who died after a procedure in Trumbull, Connecticut, at the Surgery Center of Fairfield County has filed a lawsuit. The suit alleges that the outpatient clinic was negligent in the care of his father. In addition, malpractice and corporate negligence has been alleged.

The man's father underwent an anterior discetomy and fusion in May 2013. The lawsuit claims that the procedure should not have been performed at the clinic because it was too complicated. The family's attorney said there are two other lawsuits in the works right now where he is representing the families of patients who died at outpatient clinics. He also said that in his 15 years prior, he only had two other similar cases.

$6.3 million award in medical malpractice case

For the last several years, a now-76-year-old woman has been involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician and a multi-specialty physician group. Recently, the woman and her husband were awarded $6.3 million for past and future medical costs, past and future non-economic losses and loss of consortium.

The woman originally went to see the doctor in 2003, and it was determined that her cholesterol was high. She also had an MRI in 2003 after suffering from vertigo. The court papers stated the MRI showed that the woman suffered from small vessel ischemic disease, which is when the brain's arteries have restricted blood flow. Her physician allegedly had his staff tell the woman that MRI results were all in the normal limits.

House bill could give make it harder to prove doctor's negligence

A bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 392 to 37. With overwhelming support, the House Medicare bill will stop a cut in fees for Medicare doctors that was supposed to happen this month. The U.S. Senate will vote on the bill after returning on April 13.

The bill will also require that doctors are rated on their performance and the quality of care they provide. The government will rate the doctors from zero to 100. This rating would be used in a new payment formula that would be based on "quality measures."

Is a doctor's apology admissible in a medical malpractice trial?

When a patient is injured or his or her illness is made worse because of a doctor's negligence, that patient may want to hear an apology. However, some doctor's may be reluctant to make such statements if they could be used by the patient in a medical malpractice case.

In Connecticut, a health care provider's apology to a patient who suffered from medical negligence or malpractice is not admissible in court as evidence of an admission against liability or interest. In addition, such a statement is also not admissible if made to a relative, legal guardian, attorney or other representative.

States ranked from safest to deadliest for drivers

According to recent report from the Auto Insurance Center, Connecticut is one of the safest states for drivers in the country. The report sought to create a list ranking all states from the safest to the deadliest for drivers based on national fatal car accident data from the years 1994 through 2013.

According to the report, Connecticut’s fatal car accident rate came in at 15.43 fatal crashes per 10,000 people, which made it one of the safest states in the country for drivers, but not one of the top five safest states.

Graco punished for delaying car seat recall

Most parents put a lot of thought into the car seat that they purchase for their children, wanting to choose the safest option possible. In many cases, parents end up choosing car seats manufactured by well-known brands such as Graco, because they believe they can trust these manufacturers.

However, parents may not feel this way about Graco anymore after a report was issued last week stating that the company has been fined up to $10 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation for failing to notify the public in a timely manner about defects in millions of its car seats.

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