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What exactly is a misdiagnosis?

There are many different ways that medical malpractice can occur. One way is known as misdiagnosis. But, what exactly is "misdiagnosis" and how dangerous can a misdiagnosis be?

Well, for starters, our readers should think about how a normal, routine doctor appointment goes. Typically, patients describe the symptoms that they are experiencing, how long they have been experiencing the symptoms, their pain level and what they have tried in terms of treatment thus far. From that information, the doctor renders a diagnosis, which is an attempt to accurately label the health condition, and then recommend a course of treatment that will, hopefully, solve the problem.

What happens when nursing home residents receive antipsychotics?

There are many different types of medications that Americans use today. Some address physical health conditions, while others address mental health conditions. But, what happens if prescription medications are used in ways that weren't intended? According to a recent report, nursing homes throughout the country are using anti-psychotics to sedate residents, and they are doing it with disturbing frequency.

The reported noted that as recently as seven years ago a whopping 24 percent of nursing home residents in America were given antipsychotic medication. Fortunately, the report also notes that as of last year that percentage had declined significantly, down to 16 percent. Better yet, declines were reported in all 50 states.

Exploring your options after a medical mistake

"Everyone makes mistakes" is a fairly common expression, but there are certain areas of life in which most Connecticut residents do not expect mistakes to be made. First and foremost is likely when they are receiving medical treatment.

But, unfortunately, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that medical mistakes are far too common. And, these mistakes can come in many different forms. For instance, some Connecticut residents may be injured or may contract an illness due to a defective medical device. Or, others may experience dental errors. And, in the worst-case scenarios, Connecticut residents may be the victims of severe surgical errors.

$3.25 million victory for victims of sexual assault

The city of Stamford announced on Thursday February 15th that they will pay $3.25 million to settle a school sexual assault case. The five men in the lawsuit claimed they were sexually assaulted by a teacher in elementary school.

The impact of autonomous vehicles on fatal accidents

Our readers in Connecticut have likely been seeing more reports in the news about so-called "autonomous" vehicles, as several different car companies and other companies begin to expand their experimentation with this technology. But, could autonomous vehicles really have that much of an impact on the number of car accidents and fatalities that occur on our nation's roadways?

Some experts apparently think so, even despite the fact that car accidents are one of the most significant causes of death in America. As several previous posts here have mentioned, drunk driving and distracted driving are prevalent behaviors that hundreds of thousands of people engage in each year. In fact, American roadways are becoming deadlier - not safer.

Sex abuse victim describes how she was tricked by doctor

As Larry Nassar, a doctor who formerly treated members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, sat in court recently for a sentencing hearing to learn his punishment for abusing teenage victims over a number of years, several of those victims made statements about how the abuse impacted their lives. One such victim was McKayla Maroney, who gained national renown when she won a gold medal at the Olympics.

Maroney, who is now 22 years old, submitted a written statement that was read by a prosecutor at the sentencing hearing. Maroney's statement described how Nassar's abuse of her began when she was just 13 or 14 years old, and continued as she participated in national and Olympic gymnastics competitions. At the time of the abuse, Nassar reportedly told Maroney that he was performing the same type of "medical treatments" on her that he had on many other patients over the course of 30 years of practice as a doctor. Maroney's statement described how she trusted Nassar, but that what he was actually doing was child molestation.

A sexual abuse victim makes a powerful statement in court

By now many of readers in Connecticut have seen the national news coverage that is swirling around convicted child sex abuser Larry Nassar, a man who used to work with members of the women's U.S. Olympic national team. Nassar was recently before a state court for his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to multiple charges of first-degree criminal sexual assault, at which time several of his victims stood up in court and delivered victim impact statements.

One of the statements was given by Aly Raisman, a gymnast who was a member of the US Olympic team. A recent report noted that when it was Raisman's time to address her abuser, she stood confidently in court and looked directly at Nassar as she delivered a scathing statement about his abuse of power and the bleak future he has to look forward to as he serves time in prison.

Pain and suffering damages and car accidents

Of the thousands of car accidents that occur across America every year, we are fortunate that a majority of them only involve damage to the vehicles involved, with no injuries. However, the sad reality is that many car accidents do result in injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.

If a Connecticut resident needs to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in the aftermath of a car accident, what types of damages can the injured victim attempt to recover? Well, besides the costs for medical expenses and recovery for lost wages for time missed from work due to the accident, injured victims may be able to recover what is commonly known as pain and suffering damages as well.

Who is held responsible when medical malpractice occurs?

No one wants to imagine something going wrong when they go to a hospital for surgery or to receive other types of medical treatment. When a Connecticut resident is dealing with a serious health issue, they want to have confidence in the healthcare professionals who will be rendering their treatment. Unfortunately, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that is not always what happens. Sometimes, mistakes are made. So, who is held responsible when medical malpractice occurs?

In many cases, there will be two main places where patients will attempt to lay the blame: the doctor who performed the healthcare task, and the hospital where the healthcare task occurred. In some situations, both will be held responsible.

Be on the lookout for issues with your elderly relatives

Many Connecticut residents have elderly relatives who live in nursing homes. For the most part, these facilities provide excellent care for elderly individuals who simply cannot complete some day-to-day tasks because of their advanced age. For some, it is because they have physical limitations. For others, mental issues may cloud their ability to function.

Unfortunately, there are instances of neglect and abuse in nursing homes in Connecticut and throughout the country. When this occurs to your elderly relative, it can be heartbreaking to discover. That is why it is so important to be on the lookout for issues with elderly relatives when you go to visit.

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