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.
Sex abuse in Connecticut is one of the worst acts that can be committed. Often, it is a person who is in a position of power over a younger person. It can cause long-term psychological, emotional and personal problems for the victim. Legal filings seek to take those who have been alleged to have committed sexual abuse to task and garner compensation for the victims. One recent series of settlements negotiated by Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, PC, helped gain closure for victims of a substitute teacher.
Medical mistakes are viewed as a major factor in people suffering a worsened medical condition and death in Connecticut. But, research is ongoing to examine every aspect to determine ways to reduce its frequency.
There is an implied and intimate trust that patients place in the medical professionals caring for them in Connecticut and across the nation. While relatively rare, sexual abuse by medical professionals - particularly doctors - does happen. More and more people are coming forward with tales of sexual assaults and other inappropriate acts in these circumstances. It can be difficult to report or even accept that this has taken place, but those who have been mistreated have the right to come forward and seek compensation for this behavior.