On May 14, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill that would give minors more time to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice or negligence. As the law stands right now, minors must file a lawsuit within two years of when the injury occurred or until they are 18 years old.
When a person goes to see a doctor, he or she trusts that the right treatment will be provided. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Due to a doctor's negligence -- or the negligence of other medical staff -- the patient's condition is made worse. When this occurs, the patient and his or her family do have a right to seek compensation from those responsible.
The son of a 53-year-old man who died after a procedure in Trumbull, Connecticut, at the Surgery Center of Fairfield County has filed a lawsuit. The suit alleges that the outpatient clinic was negligent in the care of his father. In addition, malpractice and corporate negligence has been alleged.
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.
According to survey results published in Academic Emergency Medicine, 97 percent of emergency room doctors said they have ordered cat scans or MRIs in order to avoid medical malpractice lawsuits. The findings are the result of a survey of 435 ER doctors.
Residents of New Haven, Connecticut, will agree that birth injuries may be among the saddest things that can happen to parents. Most birth injuries are caused due to negligence of healthcare staff and they can happen during labor and delivery of a child. Several factors, including oxygen deprivation to a baby's brain, wrong medication and untrained healthcare staff, may contribute to a birth injury.
Whether they like to think about it or not, every Connecticut resident can be injured in an accident at virtually any time. Although an accident may not result in a serious injury or death, a handful out of every few thousand do leave people handicapped for years and sometimes for life. Not every spinal cord injury results in paraplegia or quadriplegia, but many do result in permanent disability. The results are usually huge medical expenses and lost income. Both the physical and financial losses can affect victims and their families for years, creating emotional distress for every family member.
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 loss of a loved one is often difficult to accept. Yet, people learn to accept the loss over time and move on. However, if someone else's negligence is the cause of a loved one's death, especially in a healthcare facility, accepting it can be next to impossible. Thankfully, laws in the Connecticut acknowledge that and permit survivors of victims to seek legal recourse by means of a wrongful death lawsuit.