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April 2013 Archives

Guilford man to face charges for fatal January DUI crash

When we think of who can be held responsible for a car accident through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, we often think of a driver involved in a multiple-vehicle accident. In some cases, however, the driver of a single-car accident can be held responsible if passengers were injured or killed. In fact, an example of this is playing out in New Haven Superior Court right now.

Fatal car accident kills 29-year-old New Haven woman

Many people from earlier years would have guessed by now that we would have driverless cars. While the technology is in the making, society is stuck with the current driver-required car. Without human drivers, the world would likely be rid of 90 percent or more of car accidents. Often times, auto accidents result in serious injury or death due to the error of a driver.

Diagnostic errors are deadliest and most common

Here in New Haven, we trust our doctors to provide us with the best care they are capable of. They are experts in their field, so they should be able to treat us correctly, right? While many doctors provide excellent care, a recent study shows that some doctors get it wrong from the very start.

Robots behind medical malpractice in hospitals?

When asked what the future would be like 30-years-ago, many New Haven residents would suggest flying cars, teleporting machines and robots. While society does not have access to the first two items, they do have robots. Not the walking talking humanoid robot most science fiction fans think about, but the real life medical robots that have helped perform thousands of surgeries. In fact, 1 out of 4 hospitals in America uses a four-armed robot model named da Vinci to perform surgery. But after several recent medical malpractice lawsuits, many have begun to doubt the use of them.

Staying safe on your motorcycle this spring

As temperatures start to warm up in Connecticut, some people have switched over to using their motorcycles for transportation. For many, there is no better way to embrace springtime than with a cruise on a motorcycle. However, as most riders know, safety is of the utmost importance when operating a motorcycle, so we've compiled a few tips from a recent news article to help our readers make sure they are ready to ride.

What causes car accidents in Connecticut?

We blog regularly about car accidents in Connecticut. Some are the result of drunk driving, some are due to distracted driving, and others are weather-related. Have you ever wondered, however, what the most common causes of accidents in Connecticut are?

Are New Haven hospitals profiting from medical errors?

Visiting the hospital is sometimes an absolute necessity for many New Haven individuals. Many patients owe their lives to surgeons and doctors who have helped them overcome their illness or disease. There are two things doctors will rarely admit to their patients unless absolutely necessary, how much their visit will cost and if they made any errors or mistakes. With numerous medical malpractice cases going unnoticed, one must ask themselves, "Are hospitals profiting from surgical errors?"

School teaches spinal cord injury prevention to Third graders

"You'll never be able to walk again" is something no New Haven resident ever wants to hear. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many people suffering from spinal cord injuries. Bound to a wheelchair for the rest of one's life is a harsh price to pay. Most spinal cord injuries are preventable, and may be caused by the negligence of another. Often times, victims of drunk drivers have to endure life-long paralysis for the recklessness of another.

Driver crossed yellow line, caused crash in Middlebury

Imagine that you're driving home from work. It's a Monday, so you're more than ready to relax after a long day. Suddenly, however, a car headed in the opposite direction swerves into your lane. You barely have time to brace yourself when you're rattled by the forceful impact of the collision. When your car stops moving and you realize what has happened, you start to notice the pain.

Medical malpractice error costs woman her foot

Everyday numerous New Haven residents visit some form of a medical office. Whether it is the emergency room or the chiropractor, many people visit these offices throughout their life. When individuals go to the doctor, they trust that the medical staff knows what they are doing. It is also expected that doctors should properly diagnose patients. The wrong diagnosis can cause severe, if not worse, problems down the road. Many patients will often get a second opinion for their operations in order to avoid medical malpractice.

How building a relationship with your doctor can keep you safe

Think about the last time you went to see your doctor. How did you interact? Did you have an open conversation, or were you nervous to talk about some health issues? Was your doctor receptive to your concerns, or did he or she try to convince you that nothing was wrong? The relationship you have with your doctor is extremely important. Simply knowing each other and building a bond can help prevent a medical error.

Drunk driving crash injures 9 in Stratford

We all know the dangers of drunk driving. When a person has had too much to drink, his or her vision, reflexes and judgment become impaired to the point that it is dangerous to operate a vehicle. Unfortunately, many people ignore the warnings about drunk driving and do it anyway, putting themselves and others in serious peril. A recent Connecticut accident can serve as an example of why people should not drink and drive.

Texting while driving: an increasing problem for New Haven

Just recently the cell phone celebrated its 40th anniversary since the first mobile phone call was made back in 1973. The phone weighed 2.5 pounds and was extremely big and cumbersome in comparison to today's cell phones. Back then there was no such thing as texting and driving but in today's society it is alarming at how many people, including New Haven residents, use their cell phone while driving.

Study: Med students who play video games excel in training

When we think about the type of person we would want to perform a surgery on us, we probably think about someone who is smart and focused. Maybe they read a lot and have a serious, no-nonsense personality. They definitely aren't the type of person to spend an evening playing video games.

Bullying causes teen to suffer brain injury

Every year over 1.7 million Americans will suffer from a traumatic brain injury. TBI is one of the worst injuries to sustain. Many New Haven residents know how crucial the brain is to the human body. Without it we would cease to function. Injury to the brain can cause some serious life-long injuries as well as death in many cases. The majority of these injuries are from car accidents or slips and falls but every now and then, foul play can be blamed for TBI. Recently a teen suffered a brain injury after several bullies repeatedly threw footballs at his head while school officials allegedly did nothing to prevent it.

Slew of weekend crashes leaves 4 dead in Connecticut

Car accidents can happen at a moment's notice, as many Connecticut residents know. Someone runs a red light and crashes into the side of your car, or a driver looks down to send a text and doesn't see that traffic has slowed. No matter how they happen, it seems like we read about car accidents all the time. Unfortunately, this weekend proved especially deadly.

Motorcyclist injured in Plainfield crash

As spring starts to show its face in Connecticut, many people are anxious to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. For some people, there is no better way to shake off a long winter than hopping on a motorcycle and going out for a cruise. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents become much more common as the weather warms up. And when a car collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist rarely escapes unscathed.

Medical malpractice disaster puts 7,000 patients at risk of HIV

Going to the dentist is something many New Haven residents despise. Cavities, root canals and crowns are all reasons why many try to avoid the dentist until it is absolutely necessary to go. When we go to the dentist, we expect that all safety regulations and protocols are being followed by the medical staff, ensuring that our visit is safe. A recent medical malpractice case has given many patients an additional reason to fear going to the dentist.

Common medical errors and how you can stop them

Medical mistakes happen all the time in hospitals in Connecticut. While some are minor and don't seem to have much impact on a patient's health, others are disastrous. In fact, medical errors cause the deaths of 100,000 people each year in the U.S. So, what types of errors are leaving patients worse off than when they initially sought medical treatment? The Huffington Post offers a good list of the most common errors seen in U.S. hospitals.

Bridgeport woman sues Connecticut lawmaker for DUI crash

Last August, a state representative from Bridgeport was involved in a serious car accident. Despite laws against it, she fled the scene, leaving an injured victim behind. The driver of the car she hit was serious injured in the collision. She has racked up more than $11,000 in medical expenses to treat the back injuries and concussion she suffered in the crash. Now, the victim is suing the lawmaker, claiming she was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Three-car accident traps teen in jeep

Car accidents have been known to occur without warning most of the time. Every year, millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Just about every time, the accident is preventable. Whether someone should have stopped at a stop sign or reduced his or her speed, most accidents can be prevented. Last week, a three-car accident near Orange, Connecticut that injured two may have been prevented if the driver was paying more attention.

Ashford man killed in collision when driver crossed center line

Here in Connecticut, when we get behind the wheel of a car, we have a responsibility to drive carefully and cautiously. Unfortunately, not everyone does this. In fact, sometimes it seems like our streets are filled with negligent drivers. We pass one person who is texting while driving and another who is trying to apply makeup in the mirror on the way to work. Even worse, we see others stumble out of bars and get behind the wheel. What these people fail to consider each time the drive while distracted or impaired is that their negligence can end up harming someone else.

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