Connecticut fans of 60 Minutes were likely saddened by the recent news that Bob Simon from the show was killed in a car accident while riding in the back seat of a vehicle. Simon was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. According to a representative with the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center at Hartford Hospital, in car accidents, those who are not wearing a seat belt, particularly those seated in the back or rear seats, tend to become projectiles during a collision, and cause serious injuries not only to themselves but also the belted occupants in the vehicle.
Many people have likely have visited a dentist for a routine cleaning or some other dental health issue. No one expects to suffer a serious or fatal error at the dentist office. In fact, most people may not even categorize dental errors as medical malpractice. But, the reality is that dentist's errors fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice and the same principle of negligence applies.
As most people age, their physical, mental and health faculties decline and they may need help to perform daily activities such as eating, drinking and getting around. Elderly persons are a vulnerable population and sadly many older people are frequently abused, neglected and/or exploited by their caregivers. Their caregiver can be a family member, a friend or someone that the elderly person trusts. Elder abuse can be inflicted by both men and women. Thus, it is important for everyone to know what the signs of elder abuse are.
Accidents can happen suddenly and when one least expects it. If injuries result, one may have a personal injury claim, particularly if said accident occurred due to the mistake or negligence of someone else. Alhough many people think of slip and fall accidents as personal injury cases, in reality, personal injury claims can arise in many other instances, as well, such as vehicular accidents or injuries caused by the usage of a dangerous or defective product, such as a toy or drug. Additionally, workplace injuries that caused not by the employer or a fellow employee, but due to the negligence of some other party, potentially can give rise to personal injury claims.
Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. However, an unintended consequence of having affordable mobile technology at one's fingertips is that people in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may use it to text, search the web, update Facebook, read incoming text messages and more while driving a car. In fact, nearly 71 percent of teens and young adults indicated that they drafted and sent a text message while driving. Additionally, nearly 78 percent stated that they read a text message they had received while driving.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, it is estimated that about 14 percent of Medicare patients experience a medical error. A medical error can happen at any stage of one's healthcare delivery. They can occur at the diagnostic stage, during surgical procedures, when writing or picking up a prescription drug, during the interpretation of lab reports, when ordering lab tests and even during routine common procedures.
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.
Most of us at some point in our lives have visited a fast food establishment to satisfy a craving or two. As customers, many of us simply want to get the meal, drink, sit, enjoy it and leave. No one ever expects such a simple visit to a fast food establishment to turn into an unexpected slip and fall accident with injuries. However, there are cases where a customer has been injured at such an establishment because the property owner failed to keep the premises free of recognized hazards, such as a slippery floor.
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.
The time immediately following a car accident can be confusing and nerve-wracking for those involved. Many of us may not know what to do and what information to gather. Additionally, if there are injuries to anyone, parties involved in a car accident may be distraught and in need of medical attention. Thus, first and foremost, if one is injured in a car accident it is important to seek medical attention.