We've recently discussed various issues that can be relevant in bringing medical malpractice cases in Connecticut. These include some of the procedural requirements, as well as how such cases differ from other negligence cases, and on what factors a court may rely to determine whether a case merits being judged according to those differences. We've touched on the fact that medical professionals have a standard of care that they must meet when treating patients. This week, we'll take a look at a related, but different, duty the law imposes on medical professionals: that of informed consent.
Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents in stores are all too common. And while these cases often appear straightforward, they rarely are. The store and its insurance carrier will likely fight to deny or undervalue the injury claim.
The Reverend Arthur Perrault was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford in May of 1964. Although many priests will serve for years in a parish assignment, the first four assignments of Father Perrault lasted only a few months each. In 1965 he was transferred to a residential treatment facility in New Mexico where he then took up residence. This finely written article documents what happened thereafter to the children of New Mexico.
The Boston Globe published an article in regards to sexual abuse at many prominent private schools. The list included 67 private New England schools and 16 Connecticut schools including Choate, Notre Dame, Fairfield, St. Joseph's, Shelton, Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield. To read more click here
A child allegedly told Head Coach Joe Paterno of abuse in 1976. He allegedly never reported the abuse and he would be considered a mandated reporter who is required by law to report the maltreatment of a child to the appropriate agency. click here
This past weekend in the Washington Post an Op Ed was written about former House Speaker Hastert being sentenced for sexual abuse of a boy he was coaching years prior. The abuse was revealed when a banker found odd transactions out of Hastert's bank account and it was found to be "hush money". The article not only touches on the case, but the psychology of the perpetrator. The article states "Child molesters are a patient lot. A 2015 study on offenders in youth organizations found that more than half joined specifically to gain access to children. In no rush to achieve their goal, they are willing to spend months working their way into the fabric of a child's life. Constantly proving "nice-guyness" is essential to abusers." It also tells of the agony of victims and why it is important to have a longer statute of limitations for victims to come forward. The statute not only helps victims, but also stops perpetrators as they can go on for decades. To read more click here.
When a child is seriously injured, parents have to consider many things. How will the injury affect the rest of the child's life? What type of medical care will the child need? Is a negligent party liable for the medical expenses and other losses?