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Medical malpractice results in surgical error

Having a health issue can cause any Connecticut resident to feel frightened. An individual may feel a bit more calm after learning that a surgical procedure or other treatment could help address his or her condition. Unfortunately, this sense of calm may be short-lived after learning that more problems were created due to medical malpractice.

One woman in another state suffered such an outcome after needing an operation. A mass had reportedly formed on her adrenal gland, and as a result, she was supposed to have the mass and gland removed through a surgical procedure. Rather than removing the gland, however, the surgeon removed that woman's healthy right kidney by mistake. The woman was not immediately made known of the error, and it was approximately one week after the surgery that she was told.

Car accidents: Children injured in New Haven incident

Parents often warn their children of the dangers of crossing the street. Of course, even with adult supervision and when precautions are taken, car accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, children are not immune to being victims of such incidents, and parents can be devastated to learn that their children have been injured in such events.

It was recently reported that an accident involving a vehicle and multiple children attempting to cross the street took place in New Haven. Reports stated that day care workers attempted to stop traffic as multiple children crossed the road. The children were apparently holding hands or taking similar action at the time as a witness stated that the children had formed a human chain as they walked. However, a passing car struck two of the children.

Information processing issues may point to medical malpractice

Most people hope to avoiding having to go to the emergency room for any reason. Unfortunately, medical emergencies can happen to anyone at any time, and receiving immediate medical attention may be the best course of action. While the best case scenario would involve a patient obtaining the correct diagnosis and treatment, medical malpractice could lead to much more dire outcomes.

Connecticut residents may be interested in a recent study that took a look at the connection between emergency room errors and their causes. Apparently, 45 percent of those errors took place due to cognitive processing issues with the medical staff. This means that doctors or other staff members may have the right information relating to a patient, but they may not make the best choices when it comes to diagnosing and treating the patient.

Medical malpractice, fall leads to loved one's death

No one wants to lose a family member too soon. As a result, they may take them to the hospital when signs of a serious medical condition present themselves. While Connecticut residents may hold their breath as they wait for their loved one to get better, they may find themselves distraught to learn that medical malpractice contributed to their loved one's demise instead.

It was recently reported that a family in another state filed a lawsuit against a hospital for such an outcome. Apparently, a 61-year-old woman had been taken to the hospital for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, the family believes that the staff neglected the woman as she developed Stage 4 bedsores and also suffered injuries after falling from her bed.

Medical malpractice leads to the loss of fetus

The loss of an unborn child can have a tremendous effect on anyone. When individuals believe that the loss occurred due to the negligence of hospital staff members, it can be an even more traumatic experience. Unfortunately, this type of scenario is not unheard of and can warrant medical malpractice claims in some cases.

Connecticut readers may be interested in this type of event that took place out of state. Reports indicated that a woman who was 14 weeks pregnant had gone to the hospital due to a urinary tract infection and kidney stones. The woman had a high heart rate, fever and nausea, but she was discharged from the hospital nonetheless. She was also not given any antibiotics to treat the infection.

When are colleges responsible for injuries on campus?

Surviving college is a rite of passage for many young adults. Perhaps your child is making this all-important transition into adulthood this fall at Yale, the University of New Haven, Quinnipiac University or any of Connecticut's other public and private institutions of higher learning.

However, the risks and dangers of college campuses have been well-documented, especially for new freshman. These dangers often beg the question: Are colleges or universities responsible for otherwise preventable accidents and injuries?

Premises liability claim filed against hospital after fall

Property owners and business operators have a duty to ensure that their premises remain safe for visitors and patrons. If dangerous conditions do exist, they should be attended to as soon as possible and warnings of the hazards should be present to lessen the risk of accidents. When these precautions are not taken, individuals could suffer serious injuries, and premises liability claims could result.

Connecticut readers may be interested in such a case that was recently filed in another state. Reports indicated that a woman had been at a hospital visiting a patient when she was involved in an accident. Apparently, there had been a wet substance on the floor, and due to a lack of warning of its presence, the woman slipped and fell.

Connecticut crash claims life, puts others' lives in danger

Car accidents are serious events, even if the incident is minor overall. In any type of collision, individuals can feel shaken and overwhelmed by the possibilities of what could have happened. Unfortunately, some of the most tragic possibilities do take place when a crash proves particularly severe. 

It was recently reported that a crash in Connecticut involving only one vehicle proved fatal. The driver of the vehicle apparently went onto the right shoulder of the roadway before hitting a sign and then a bridge abutment before the care overturned and landed on its roof. There were at least four individuals in the car at the time of the crash, and two of the men were reported as being brothers.

Medical malpractice claim filed after drill tip left in boy's leg

Any Connecticut parent feels apprehensive when a child must undergo a serious medical procedure. Of course, children are not immune to suffering illness or injury, and in some cases, they may need surgery to address an issue. Though everyone hopes for the best outcomes, mistakes can take place that could lead to medical malpractice claims.

It was recently reported that a father in another state filed such a claim after his son underwent knee surgery. The procedure was apparently necessary because of a defect in his joint that causes tissue damage. After the surgery, the boy -- whose age was not given in the report -- continued to experience pain and other issues. The problems persisted to a point that the child needed to undergo additional care.

Protect the community: Hold reckless boat operators accountable

Boat accidents happen, but for one teacher it was fatal.

While the weather was nice, a Waterbury community teacher decided to take a dip in Candlewood Lake over in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Allegedly, a 65-year-old motor boat operator fatally injured the teacher during a hit-and-run. In the state of Connecticut, water vehicle drivers must report incidents like this within 48 hours to law enforcement.

Verdicts & Settlements

Jura v Denegris / Bicyclist injured in collision with motor vehicle; a New Britain jury awarded the plaintiff $3,091,700.00 Less 10%. for comparative negligence reducing the net verdict to $2,782,530.00. The highest offer made by the defendants prior to the verdict was in $50,000. 00

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