Technological advancements have greatly improved quality and length of life for Americans. Medical devices are a godsend, wonders with miraculous success stories. But, like any technology, the success rate is in the hands of the beholder.
Cancer is a tough battle to beat. Anyone who chooses the route of radiation therapy knows that treatment makes the process ten times harder. While radiation therapy is difficult enough some patients suffer long term effects from mistreatment. When a mistake is made a patient can receive too much or too little radiation which will have severe consequences.
Bedsores are the result of pressure on the skin that reduces blood flow in and around the skin and surrounding tissues. Generally, doctors identify three primary causes of bedsores: 1) sustained pressure, 2) friction, and 3) sheer.
No matter where you go for medical treatment, you are always at risk of becoming the victim of medical malpractice, even if you are careful to research your doctors and medical facilities. Indeed, there is no way to know for sure if your doctor or medical facility will act appropriately and reasonably when administering your care.
A 60-year-old woman from Milford, Connecticut, is suing Yale-New Haven Hospital, two physicians, and Yale University after a surgeon-in-training extracted the wrong rib for her body. The lawsuit further alleges that the woman had to undergo a second surgery on the same day in order to correct the error, and that the surgeon-in-training lied about the reason for the additional surgery.
The primary determiner of medical negligence relates to whether or not the negligence directly caused injuries suffered by the alleged victim of that negligence. That said, it is not entirely simple to determine if medical negligence has occurred.
A new study shows that malpractice payouts by anesthesiologists are declining, while payouts to by outpatient anesthesia services are on the rise. According to information from the National Practitioner Data Bank, claims against outpatient medical service providers have been growing as a whole, and this rise reflects the growing use of outpatient services by United States medical patients.
The day after Christmas in 2013, a mentally ill Connecticut man was permitted to visit his mother—without supervision. This man brutally stabbed and mutilated her with a hunting knife and fireplace poker. He was sentenced to 60 years in a maximum security state mental health facility, but this case did not stop there. The man’s estate is now suing the state mental health hospital—that had been treating the man before the murder happened—for negligence.
Misdiagnosis, and its handmaiden, delayed treatment, surgical errors, prescription medication errors. Anesthesia errors. These are just a few of the ways that medical professionals can make mistakes that are the basis of medical malpractice actions, and you may already be familiar with them as we are at Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante. Indeed, we help our clients with all of these causes of action against hospitals and other health care entities.
Hospital negligence can take many forms. Many of these can be administrative in nature, such as poor hiring practices, unqualified personnel, staff shortages, inadequate training and lack of supervision. Others can relate to the physical facility itself, including dangerous or unsanitary conditions either in emergency rooms, operating rooms or patient rooms.