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.
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.
Let's face it, every time a Connecticut driver gets behind the wheel, he or she is in danger of getting into a car accident. While the vast majority of car accidents in the state are nothing more than harmless fender benders that everyone walks away from, some can result in catastrophic injuries. Whenever an injury results from a car accident, injured parties should investigate every element of the collision to determine who is at fault.
There is little doubt that some of our New Haven, Connecticut, readers are fans of the New York Yankees. As such, they are likely very familiar with the ongoing drama with player Alex Rodriguez. In a rather unique situation, Rodriguez recently had to see the Yankee's team doctor for a physical -- the same doctor he sued for medical malpractice in 2013.
Our Connecticut readers will likely be interested in this medical malpractice story. A woman from one of our Southern states has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician and his clinic for failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism during a cosmetic surgery procedure.
The nation mourned the loss of comedienne Joan Rivers last September, when she passed away from cardiac arrest at a New York hospital. Rivers, 81, had a procedure done on her vocal cords and throat on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at Yorkville Endoscopy a week before.
Going to the hospital to get treatment for an injury or illness shouldn't leave a patient worse off. Unfortunately, that is what allegedly happened to one woman in another state. The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 12 against three physicians, an emergency medicine group and a hospital.
Joan Rivers died last September while undergoing an endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy. She was 81 years old. The clinic is located in New York City. According to the Centers for Medicare Services, "Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the conditions for a supplier of ambulatory surgical center services." This means that at the end of the month, the clinic will lose its accreditation.
The Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled on the standard of care letter that has been required since 2005 in medical malpractice cases. That letter had been required to be from the same type of medical provider that was allegedly responsible for the malpractice.
Medical negligence cases are far too common in the nation these days, including in the state of Connecticut. The number of medical facilities has increased across the state over the past few decades and this has resulted in an increase in the number of incidents of negligence. The demand for prompt medical services has increased and while coping with the pressure of providing speedy services and the industry's inherent need for increased volume and revenue, medical professionals are failing to uphold their duty of care much more frequently.