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.
People in Connecticut who have been the victims of medical malpractice usually can't believe that this type of negligence happened to them. We all read about instances of medical malpractice in the news, but most of the time it can seem like a distant problem that doesn't affect us. When it does, sometimes victims don't even know where to start with a medical malpractice claim.
Although several of our previous posts here have commented about medical malpractice and how it affects the lives of victims, a recent news article addressed a topic that some people may not be thinking about: overtreatment. In short, overtreatment is, basically, the efforts of doctors to do everything they can to treat a patient - all in the name fear of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Most Americans receive high-quality healthcare whenever it is needed. However, any of our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that medical malpractice is all too common throughout the country, including in Connecticut. There are many different ways that patients can suffer injuries and illnesses as the result of medical malpractice.
We've all had doctor visits where the medical professionals who are treating us take some basic information: the symptoms of our injury or illness; our heart rate; and our blood pressure. When Connecticut residents seek medical attention, they are looking for one thing: for the doctor to tell us what is wrong and give us a remedy. However, sometimes it isn't that simple.
Connecticut residents who are the victims of medical malpractice can experience life-altering problems from the botched treatment. Doctor errors in surgery, misdiagnosis and prescription medication mix-ups can result in injuries or a worsened medical condition, and then the patient is left to pick up the pieces. In this type of situation, one option could be a medical malpractice lawsuit. But, these types of cases are, oftentimes, complex. This is why many plaintiffs will consider the possibility of settling the case before trial.
Millions of Americans suffer injuries or illness complications due to medical malpractice each year. Unfortunately, some people who suffer from medical malpractice may not realize it. Others might know that their doctors made a mistake, but they think that there is no way that they can prove it. Connecticut residents need to know that they have rights that they need to protect when they suffer from medical malpractice.
Most of our readers in Connecticut are probably familiar with the child sex scandals that have been rocking the Catholic church for years. However, what some of our readers may not realize is that this worldwide news story has recently hit close to home.
It is difficult for many people to comprehend the horror that comes with realizing that you have been the victim of medical malpractice. In this country, we expect the very best medical care when the need arises. Unfortunately, the reality is that mistakes are made in the area of medical care at an alarming rate.