In the last century, the field of medicine has made tremendous progress improving lives and dramatically increasing life expectancy. No one doubts that current medicine has overall been beneficial to humankind. Despite all the advances in medicine, however, Connecticut residents probably will not find it surprising to learn that medical errors still happen and can cause families and their loved ones harm. In some cases death may also result.
A medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed if the party believes that a healthcare provider was negligent in their medical care, resulting in harm to a patient. Such negligent medical care could be the result of a healthcare provider failing to diagnose a medical condition and thereby worsening the medical condition and causing the patient harm.
Most people are aware that doctors endure many years of education and pass exams before they can practice medicine and provide medical care to patients. Though doctors have undergone years of medical training, it is important for people to remember that doctors are human beings, and some of them might make a medical mistake which might harm the patient. That patient could be a loved one or it could be you.
Attorney Cindy Robinson recently came across an article that discusses the frequency with which "retained surgical items" (e.g., sponges) are accidentally left inside patients during surgery. "We have represented individuals who have had this happen and have required additional surgery-scary stuff!", she said.
When a Fairfield County resident's health condition has worsened due to delayed treatment or a misdiagnosis because a healthcare provider was negligent, and failed to provide a reasonable standard of care under the given circumstance, the patient may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, hospital and any other negligent healthcare provider. The following tips may help those thinking about their next steps. However, it is important to keep in mind that the tips below are simply meant to provide basic information and are not a substitute for legal advice.
Aches and pains happen to everyone every now and then. Some may even refer to them as growing pains, but no one expects such pains to be anything serious. Most people may simply take an over-the-counter pain killer. But for some, such pains may be symptoms of a serious health condition. Generally, a healthcare professional should be able to diagnose a medical issue or one hopes that a doctor will competently be able to identify what ails a person.
Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has experience working in medical malpractice cases, including those that involve failure to diagnose colon cancer and a wide range of other cancers. Attorney Jason Tremont was involved in one case that two previous attorneys turned down, thinking that there wasn't a case. After a long jury trial, there was a significant offer for the client.
When one least expects it, seeking medical attention and care may become necessary in some cases, such as when an individual falls and suffers a fracture or has another type of accident. Falls, accidents requiring medical care and other injuries can happen at any time, without notice to anyone. When such incidents occur, most people can rest assured that hospitals and doctors can tend to their needs. However, doctors are human and human beings can make errors. Particularly when doctors make mistakes such as failing to diagnose a condition, the patient may suffer harm due to negligence and may be entitled to compensation.
The issues of hospital negligence and medical malpractice have played out publicly and politically here in Connecticut as they have in many other states. In 2005, the state legislature passed several medical malpractice-related measures, some of which make it more difficult for patients and their families to sue for injuries and death.