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What you can expect in a medical malpractice lawsuit

How many people die as a result of medical malpractice each year? According to a September 2013 study reported in the Journal of Patient Safety, somewhere between 210,000 and more than 400,000 patients who die in hospitals each year are associated with "preventable harm." If you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the responsible parties or entities. Here's what you can expect in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Ignoring head injury can be a big mistake

Concussion-related news has been garnering substantial media attention as sports power houses such as the NFL and the NCAA are paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits over player concussions, as recent examples show. It is evident that concussions are in fact serious injuries with long-term effects and should not be taken lightly.

Regulators, trucking groups spar over public safety scores

State and federal transportation safety regulators and commercial trucking groups broadly agree that problematic -- that is, comparatively accident-prone -- carrier companies need to be readily identifiable, with incentives in place that will grab their attention and improve their shoddy safety records.

Driver strikes, injures university student in Connecticut

An auto accident not only causes physical pain and suffering to a victim injured in the crash but also gives rise to a fresh set of challenges related to work, education, and in some cases, even normal day-to-day activities. While a worker can lose wages due to absences from work, a student may miss important lectures or miss submission deadlines severely affecting grades and in the process, the future prospects of that student.

After an accident in a school zone

It’s that time of year again: Kids of all ages are returning to school in Connecticut and the rest of the country. What that means is that drivers need to be ready to share the roads with school buses and students who are walking or biking to school.

Investigation into Spyder fires could lead to trike recall

Most people who ride motorcycles on a regular basis are aware that they are at a higher risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident than other types of vehicles. The vehicles that share the road with motorcycles are not the only reasons that motorcycle accidents happen however. Sometimes they occur as a result of defects with parts of the motorcycle. This concern has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate a motorcycle type vehicle.

What is the 'standard of care' in Connecticut malpractice cases?

A phrase often heard in medical malpractice cases is "standard of care." What is the standard of care that physicians and other medical personnel must meet when providing treatment or care to patients?

How do courts determine validity of medical malpractice lawsuits?

Despite the faith that most people have in their medical caregivers, it is entirely possible that a doctor error can result in a medical procedure that injures a patient. New Haven, Connecticut, residents may know that the laws of the state provide a legal remedy for patients and their families suffering from physician's negligence.

Can a doctor be responsible for a child born with Erb's Palsy?

As residents of New Haven, Connecticut, no doubt know, the process of childbirth can be extremely painful and highly complicated. Despite the utmost care demonstrated by doctors and nurses, both the mother and child can be at risk. Parents expect that the physicians in charge of deliveries are extremely careful and do their utmost to ensure the best of care. But there is still a chance that the doctor's actions can cause grievous damage to both the baby and the mother.

Connecticut governor signs toughened law against drunk driving

We all know that drunk driving is against the law, but for some reason there are still many people in Connecticut who do it repeatedly. In effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads, lawmakers passed a law last year that requires even first-time drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles.

Health care provider apology not admissible in malpractice cases

When medical malpractice occurs, a health care provider may apologize for his or her actions. This may be a heartfelt, honest apology, or it may be an attempt to thwart a medical malpractice lawsuit. Whatever the case may be, in Connecticut, the apology is not admissible in a malpractice case.

Connecticut's assistive technology program aids the disabled

Not all residents of New Haven, Connecticut, may be able to fully comprehend the trauma of a serious disability. Whether physically permanent or temporary, disabilities can have a long-term impact of the psyche of the injured person. A loss of functionality, in particular, is most difficult to cope with, as it can result in drastic changes to a person's lifestyle and livelihood. Luckily, the latest innovations in technology are useful in restoring some ability to such individuals.

Multiple fatal accidents prompt lawmaker to contact DOT

Most car accidents are due to a variety of factors. While the behavior of drivers behind the wheel is often cited as a cause, the physical setting in which a crash occurs may play a role as well. For example, under some circumstances the design of a road may be to blame.

New Haven multi-car accident began with motorist hitting dog

Not all road accidents are straightforward collisions. In many cases, there is a sequence of events whose conclusion is the actual crash. Such a series can often bring to light various cases of irresponsibility on the roads, which can have extremely tragic consequences. In one recent car accident in New Haven, Connecticut, more than one person violated traffic laws, creating a scenario that led to a multi-car accident, but fortunately no fatalities.

Man sues doctors, hospital for surgical error

Most residents in New Haven, Connecticut, have probably undergone some sort of medical treatment at some point in their lives. The entire process of consulting with a doctor, understanding any procedures that need to be performed, and completing the recovery is generally filled with a sense of anxiety. This is usually overcome by the belief that the doctor or other medical expert has the necessary skills to carry out the task effectively and without complications.

Dentist facing medical malpractice lawsuit

When most people hear about medical malpractice cases in Connecticut, they may automatically assume it is against a doctor or hospital. While that is true for the most part, dentists can also face such cases. A dentist in another state has been named as a defendant in a medical malpractice suit.

Federal grant offers Connecticut brain injury victims relief

As New Haven, Connecticut residents likely know, injuries suffered in an accident are always a cause for concern. Depending on the nature of the accident, some injuries may take a long time to heal, and in some cases the injuries can result in a permanent disability. If an accident victim suffers some kind of a blow to the head, there is danger of brain trauma that can negatively affect many of the victim's abilities, including the ability to talk or even move. Regardless of their nature, brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose and expensive to treat, putting a lot of people in a very precarious position.

How we assist Connecticut victims of truck accidents

Last week, we discussed how fatal truck accidents are on the rise in Connecticut and the rest of the United States. One of the reasons for this is that as the economy continues to make improvements Americans are making more purchases, therefore requiring more trucks on the roads to deliver the goods.

Bloomfield auto accident results in bicyclist's death

Whenever someone drives a vehicle, whether in New Haven, Connecticut, or elsewhere, the person does so with the implicit understanding that not only is he or she responsible for the driver's own personal safety, but also that of others on the road. Sadly, despite the utmost precautions, a number of people are fatally injured in road accidents every year. Each such accident should serve as a reminder of the caution required of drivers, but these reminders seem to be often ignored.

Connecticut medical malpractice statute of limitations

Imagine that you have been seriously injured by a doctor's medical malpractice. You have decided that you want to seek compensation for the damages and losses you have suffered. Do you know how long you have to file such a lawsuit?

Comedian's truck accident shines light on larger problem

The tragedy that can come with involvement in a truck accident was recently publicized when famous comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in a tragic truck accident. The comedian, who was touring with his entourage at the time of the crash, faced serious injuries when a truck driver who was allegedly dozing while driving rear ended his vehicle. Another passenger, fellow comedian and friend was killed and others were injured. The accident garnered headlines across the nation.

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