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Medical Malpractice: More Than Just a “Botched” Surgery

October 5th, 2015 at 7:00 am

Westport medical malpractice, Westport Medical Malpractice AttorneyWhen most people think of medical malpractice, they tend to imagine a surgical mistake or misdiagnosis. While these situations most certainly could qualify as physician negligence, it is important to note that medical malpractice covers a wide range of events. According to Connecticut Law, medical malpractice takes place when a health care professional fails to adhere to the standards within their profession, resulting in a harmful outcome for his or her patient.

You Are Entitled to Respect and Courtesy

Connecticut’s courtrooms are seeing more and more cases where physicians have behaved in a disrespectful way toward their patients. In one case, a doctor was overheard insulting his patient while she was under anesthesia. In another, a surgeon was reported for dancing mid-surgery. In a third case, a doctor cracked crude jokes at the expense of his patient while she was being treated.

These incidents often go unreported. However, when these transgressions are brought to light, they can result in compensatory settlements and awards for patients—sometimes totaling in the millions.

The bottom line is that you are entitled to respect and courtesy at all times while under medical treatment. While offensive behavior may not cause a physical injury, it can have a long-term psychological impact.

If you feel that you have been degraded, insulted, or disrespected by your health care professional, or that your health problems were misdiagnosed, then you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice. It is important to note, however, that disrespectful behavior does not automatically constitute medical malpractice, but if this behavior led to a misdiagnosis or treatment mistake, then it may strengthen your case.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney for Help

If you were the victim of medical malpractice, then one of your first calls should be to a Westport medical malpractice attorney. Richard H. Raphael, Attorney at Law, has more than 40 years of experience practicing law, and he gives each case the attention that it deserves. To schedule your consultation today, please call 203-226-6168.


Medical Malpractice and a Lack of Coordinated Patient Care

June 4th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

lack of coordinated patient care, Westport Medical Malpractice AttorneyThe American health care system is extraordinarily complex, therefore making it possible for medical malpractice and errors to occur throughout the entire patient process. However, nurses and other safety advocates claim that at least a quarter of these errors can be prevented with better coordination of the client care process. 

Digital Record Access

In a study recently conducted by the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, nurses claim that streamlining technology and creating automated, coordinated data records will improve patient safety and prevent medical errors that result from misinformation. In fact, almost half of the nurses surveyed for the study “estimated that 25 percent of medical errors and adverse events might be prevented if devices could share information seamlessly.” Being able to access a patient’s records digitally, as well as monitor and update a patient’s treatment and progress, can greatly reduce instances of medical malpractice. 

What Can You do to Ensure a Safe Hospital Stay?

When it comes to scheduling surgeries, reports suggest that the best time to schedule is in the morning and in the middle of the week. This better guarantees that a hospital’s staff will be fully rested and not overly taxed.

Patients are also encouraged to bring their list of current medications to doctors’ offices and hospitals. When checking in for surgery or care, a copy of one’s medication list should be added to a patient’s personal chart. Documentation will help to minimize medication and dosing errors.

Additionally, patients should immediately check their hospital wristbands for errors. Moreover, it is important for patients to request that all health care providers check their wristbands before moving forward with any procedure.

Finally, patients should have an onsite hospital advocate accompany them to help assess situations, ask important questions, and intervene if there are problems.

Consult with a Westport Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice takes place at an alarming rate, but many medical errors can be prevented. If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to physician or hospital negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact an experienced Westport medical malpractice attorney to discuss your case today. Richard H. Raphael, Attorney at Law, is proud to protect the rights of patients by holding the health care industry accountable for providing the safest and best standards of care possible. Call 203-226-6168 today to schedule your appointment.

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