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January 2015 Archives

St. Vincent's Medical Center facing sexual assault lawsuit

Hospitals are places where the sick go to heal and get better. No one expects to be a victim of a sexual assault while they are ill and in a vulnerable state. Our Bridgeport, Connecticut, residents may find it alarming to learn that recently, a former patient at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport has filed a civil lawsuit against the hospital. According to the lawsuit, the former patient is alleging that a nursing assistant employed by the hospital sexually assaulted him during his stay at the hospital. He is seeking nearly $25 million in damages.

Understanding Connecticut's texting and driving laws

Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. However, an unintended consequence of having affordable mobile technology at one's fingertips is that people in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may use it to text, search the web, update Facebook, read incoming text messages and more while driving a car. In fact, nearly 71 percent of teens and young adults indicated that they drafted and sent a text message while driving. Additionally, nearly 78 percent stated that they read a text message they had received while driving.

Staples High School teacher accused of sex with student

Another teacher at Staples High School in Westport, CT has been arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor student. Previously, in 2008, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney filed suit against the Westport Board of Education and Superintendent Elliot Landon for the sexual assault of a student by her Staples High School English Teacher. That matter was settled shortly after Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that the Town of Westport couldn't use the shield of government immunity instead concluding that the young victim presented evidence showing sufficient facts that the sex abuse by her teacher was a foreseeable risk created by school officials' negligent conduct.

Tips for patients to prevent medical errors

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, it is estimated that about 14 percent of Medicare patients experience a medical error. A medical error can happen at any stage of one's healthcare delivery. They can occur at the diagnostic stage, during surgical procedures, when writing or picking up a prescription drug, during the interpretation of lab reports, when ordering lab tests and even during routine common procedures.

Woman sues hospital for failing to diagnose medical condition

In the last century, the field of medicine has made tremendous progress improving lives and dramatically increasing life expectancy. No one doubts that current medicine has overall been beneficial to humankind. Despite all the advances in medicine, however, Connecticut residents probably will not find it surprising to learn that medical errors still happen and can cause families and their loved ones harm. In some cases death may also result.

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