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Study reveals increase in medical negligence cases in Connecticut

Most Connecticut residents may not be aware of the increasing frequency of surgical errors in hospitals throughout the state. A recent report by the state Department of Public Health has revealed shocking medical negligence statistics.

According to the report, Connecticut registered a 62 percent rise in surgeries on the wrong site. The number of patient fatalities or disabilities as a consequence of surgery also increased in the state.

The report publicly names the hospitals that have been negligent in the treatment of their patients. Five reputed hospitals in Connecticut have been mentioned in the report for medical errors.

According to statistics, the number of errors wherein the surgery was performed on the wrong body part increased from 8 in 2010 to 13 in 2011. Surgical errors of this kind were rare in Connecticut before 2010 as only two cases were reported statewide.

Moreover, the report also highlights the increase in patient deaths or disability resulting from surgery from 16 cases in 2010 to 21 last year. An increase in the incidents of patients who fell in hospitals resulting in their death or disability was also recorded.

The report included data that were self-reported by hospitals. However, there may be many incidents that are not reported. According to a Medicare sample, only 1 percent of the medical malpractice cases were reported to authorities.

A rise in medical malpractice cases is a cause for concern for the people. A doctor's negligence may cost a patient's life or cause permanent disability to them. It is, therefore, very important that the erring doctors and hospitals are held responsible.

Anyone who has been a victim of a surgical error may choose to file a medical malpractice claim against the negligent hospital and the doctor. Professional guidance may help the victims in negotiating the complexities involved in these types of claims. An experienced professional may ensure that the victim get adequate compensation for damage suffered.

Source: The Day, "Surgical errors climb, bed sores decline in state's hospitals," Lisa Chedekel, Jan. 1, 2013

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