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Statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Connecticut

Medical negligence or medical malpractice is defined as an act or omission by a medical practitioner toward a patient, which results in the patient suffering injuries or damages. A medical practitioner may include a doctor, nurse or even the hospital. Connecticut has strict laws against medical malpractice.

Are punitive damages allowed in Connecticut malpractice cases?

According to the Wex legal dictionary, "punitive damages are considered punishment and are awarded when the defendant's behavior is found to be especially harmful..." In the state of Connecticut, punitive damages are allowed in medical malpractice cases. However, in order for a jury to award a plaintiff punitive damages, there are a few things that must be proven.

Connecticut school bus driver drove kids while drunk

Many of us send our kids off to school each day on the school bus, having trust that our most precious cargo will be kept safe. However, sometimes a news story comes along that causes us to question the trust we have in the bus companies and the drivers they employ.

What is a spinal cord injury in Connecticut?

Spinal cord injury is a major cause for concern in Connecticut. Many spinal cord injuries may lead to severe long-term partial or total disability. Spinal cord injuries may be caused by many different sources. Two of the main causes of spinal cord injuries, head injuries and neck injuries are car accidents and sports injuries.

Connecticut car accident suspect charged, surrenders

Anyone living in New Haven, Connecticut, is probably aware of how frequently car accidents occur. While there are laws in place to catch drivers disobeying road regulations, there are many cases in which the negligence of one person causes a great deal of harm and grief to others. Sadly, even witnessing or reading about a car crash does not always convey the seriousness of the mistake committed by the driver responsible for the tragic accident.

Undiagnosed cancer results in medical malpractice lawsuit

When someone goes to a doctor in Connecticut or anywhere else in the country, he or she expects that a diagnosis and treatment will be given for what is ailing him or her. This is the foundation of a doctor-patient relationship. The patient trusts that the doctor will provide the care that is needed according to the industry's established standard of care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

Understanding the seriousness of medical malpractice

There are many reasons why a person may need to see a doctor and seek treatment, as residents of New Haven, Connecticut, probably understand. Often, a medical issue requires medication for a fixed amount of time, after which the patient will be well again. However, sometimes, more intensive treatment may be required. Either way, the attending doctor needs to use the doctor's experience and make a decision about the type of therapy that is appropriate under those circumstances.

What to do after being hit by an uninsured motorist?

Car accidents are stressful, and this is especially true after learning that the motorist who hit you is uninsured. Even though all registered vehicles in Connecticut are required to carry at least minimum insurance coverage, there are still many motorists who drive vehicles without any coverage at all.

Recovering from a spinal cord injury

New Haven, Connecticut, residents may be aware that the spine is a most critical area within the body. An injury to any part of the spinal cord can result in serious injuries, which can sometimes have life-altering consequences. Also, even a seemingly innocuous fall can be the cause of a spine injury. Anyone suffering from discomfort or unusual pain after a fall or an accident should therefore seek medical attention as a precaution.

Tips that can help prevent a workplace accident in Connecticut

Staying safe in the workplace is of the utmost importance. It is all too easy for employees to be injured while on the job, especially in hazardous careers like construction where the most injuries are often reported. These tips can help people to stay safe and keep from being injured.

Two safe-driving campaigns launched in Connecticut

Even though we refer to highway fatalities as “accidents,” in many cases they are a result of deliberate behavior so they really aren’t accidents at all. For example, speeding and distracted driving are two deliberate behaviors that are responsible for far too many fatal car accidents in Connecticut each year.

How does Erb's palsy occurs in children?

The delivery of a child is by no means an easy process, as residents of New Haven, Connecticut surely know. It can be a stressful time for the mother as well as the rest of the family and the experience of the doctor is of paramount importance. Further, any birth injury can have significant consequences on the child's growth and development, which also necessitates that a highly skilled specialist conducts the birth.

Connecting the dots between car crashes and brain trauma

This might sound like a safety drill scenario that most residents of New Haven, Connecticut, may have seen. A person crashes a car, usually head-on, and the safety air bag pops out, preventing the person from being thrown forward. But the person's neck and head seem to oscillate forward and backward, and although the person may appear safe, there's a significant chance the individual may have suffered a concussion due to the sudden and rapid movement of the head.

Doctor's negligence leads to pain, seizures and death

A woman visited Tufts Medical Center, located in Boston, because she had been experiencing some symptoms that simply would not go away after she injured her back, and she needed treatment. The procedure was supposed to be fairly quick and easy, but things certainly grew more complicated than expected.

The high cost of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. (2 of 2)

In our last post, we discussed how the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that motorcycle accident fatalities increased by 7 percent in 2012 from the prior year, and injuries from motorcycle accidents increased by 13 percent.

What are Connecticut's texting and driving laws?

Driving any kind of vehicle is an act of responsibility, as all New Haven, Connecticut, residents are probably aware. The requirement that drivers carry licenses also stipulates that they follow the state's driving rules, regulations and laws. Among these laws is a ban on texting while driving. Drivers caught texting will likely to receive a traffic citation for the act - in addition to the harm it may cause to other drivers and pedestrians on the road.

The high cost of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. (1 of 2)

According to a report released last month by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities were up by 7 percent in 2012 from the year before, which represents the most recent data available.

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