When Connecticut residents have suffered an injury or contract an illness due to medical malpractice, the last thing they usually want to worry about is the legal terms that could be a part of any potential lawsuit. They are worried about getting the correct treatment or surgery that they need. However, if a lawsuit is an option, many of our readers will encounter the term "standard of care." So, what is a "standard of care" when it comes to medical treatment and surgery?
"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.
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?
Connecticut residents who have read previous posts here know that medical malpractice is a serious - and potentially deadly - problem in America. We all respect the fact that doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals oftentimes spend years in school before they are able to treat patients, but the fact of the matter is that even the best trained and most well-educated doctors and nurses can make mistakes. When this happens, what are the first steps with a medical malpractice claim?
Many of our readers in Connecticut probably know that medical malpractice cases can be quite difficult to prove. After all, the patients who are pursuing these cases are going up against well-funded healthcare conglomerates at times, and doctors and nurses who are trying to protect their professional reputations at others. There is no doubt about it - medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove.
People who are admitted to hospitals in Connecticut expect that they will receive the medical treatment they need, get time to recover and then be discharged without incident. However, a recent report indicates that patients may have something to worry about besides their health condition.
A recent post here discussed some explosive allegations about the Veteran's Administration, including some allegations that errors made by doctors and other healthcare professionals working with the VA were not reported to the appropriate licensing agencies. With Veteran's Day having occurred recently, it appears that at least two members of Congress were inspired to act on the allegations involving the VA.
There aren't many jobs in the world that are harder than being a doctor. These healthcare professionals go to school for years, and train for several more years, in order to be entrusted with the care of patients. With all of that education and training, you would think that most doctors are highly skilled and good at what they do and, for the most part, that is true. Unfortunately, some are better than others.
Many of our readers in Connecticut have likely heard news reports over the last several years about the myriad problems that the Veterans Administration has faced. In some of the most explosive reports about the VA, there have been allegations that the waitlist for healthcare has resulted in many veterans dying while waiting for treatment. Other reports decried the shoddy condition of VA facilities. Now, in a recent report, there are allegations that the VA has been concealing incidents of medical malpractice committed by their healthcare professionals.