Unfortunately, when a medical condition is not diagnosed, it can result in death which can have a devastating impact on the surviving families. A failure to diagnose, failure to timely diagnose or misdiagnosis can have serious consequences which is why victims and their families must be familiar with their legal protections.
When a Connecticut resident is unwell and needs medical attention, he or she goes to a doctor and expects the medical professional to exercise their duty of care when attending to them. But what is this duty of care-what does this term mean and what does it entail?
No one in Connecticut expects to leave a doctor's office or hospital worse off than when they went in. We all expect to receive the very best care from doctors and healthcare professionals who are held to the highest standards. Unfortunately, our readers know that this isn't always the case. Medical malpractice is frighteningly common in America, and Connecticut is not exempt.
Understanding medical malpractice is important for any victim of medical negligence and for family members of victims of medical malpractice. Because of the seriousness of medical malpractice, it is important to understand what it includes, what types of medical malpractice there are and what remedies are available to victims of medical malpractice.
Our readers have likely seen previous posts here that have discussed just how much of a problem medical malpractice is in our country. Every day, people in Connecticut and nationwide go to their health care providers expecting top-level treatment. Unfortunately, there are many instances of mistakes or errors that leave the patient in a worsened condition -- or even result in death. But, just how common are medical errors in America?
Most people in Connecticut, even non-lawyers, know that in order to win a case in court the right evidence is crucial. For those who are pursuing a medical malpractice claim, having the right evidence can be even more of a factor in the case, since these types of cases can be notoriously difficult to present in court. Most medical malpractice cases turn on the opinions of expert witnesses.
It may be hard to believe, but medical errors are more common than most people in Connecticut realize. While we all go to doctors and hospitals with the expectation that we will receive the best of care and treatment, the reality is sometimes quite different. So, what are some of the most common medical errors?
When most people in Connecticut hear about medical malpractice lawsuits, they probably think of botched surgeries or incorrect medication prescriptions. And, as those types of scenarios do, in fact, result in quite a few medical malpractice claims, those people would be in the right. However, there is another area of medical malpractice that occurs far too often: birth injuries.
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?