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Group home injuries often go unreported in Connecticut

A report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January of 2018 discussed how injuries, illnesses and deaths that occur in group homes often go unreported. Developmentally disabled individuals often reside in these types of housing.

Can you sue your mental health counselor for negligence?

Psychiatrists must go to medical school like any other physician to be able to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with medication. Psychologists and therapists attend graduate school to learn to identify and treat these disorders using nonmedicinal approaches. Since both practitioners are capable of diagnosing your condition, you may wonder if either one can be sued if they make a mistake. They can be.

Don't assume that birth injuries are commonplace

During your life, you've likely met someone in Connecticut with cerebral palsy, a shoulder dystocia or some other type of injury. If you were to ask them about their impairment, they'd likely tell you that they've had it as long as they can remember. These types of birth injuries are far too common. Most of them are caused by a fetus's body being subjected to extreme physical pressure during childbirth, including while traveling through the birth canal.

Telemedicine doctors so far haven't been sued for malpractice

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) earlier this month captures how so far telemedicine doctors haven't been sued for medical malpractice by patients. Some safety analysts suggest that we shouldn't take the study authors' words to mean that this latest type of medical care is completely safe though.

Studies indicate patients need to be wary of misdiagnoses

Are you struggling with what seems like an intractable medical condition that doesn't respond well to treatment? Is your doctor dismissing your fears and telling you that your symptoms are just "middle age" or nerves? Do you have a sneaking suspicion that your child's pediatrician is missing something -- but the pediatrician is treating you like a nervous parent who is just worrying too much?

Why some conditions are misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a medical condition that's often difficult for doctors to diagnose. Individuals who have it often experience a wide variety of symptoms including tingling, heat sensitivity, pain, numbness and fatigue. There's no test for it. Many of the symptoms that MS patients suffer are similar to those that accompany other conditions.

There's a lot that qualifies as nursing home negligence

In April of 2018, Connecticut's Department of Public Health and the Advanced Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation issued an order requiring an independent evaluation of a New Haven nursing home's staff to see if they're indeed able to meet their responsibilities. They ordered this after a preliminary investigation revealed that safety breaches and accusations of patients receiving inadequate care were likely the result of staff shortages.

Willimantic jurors decide if doctors could've saved a girl's life

Although it's been seven years since she died, jurors have finally been selected in the medical malpractice case that was filed by a 3-year-old Willimantic girl's father. They will decide if the two emergency room doctors at Windham Hospital could have stopped the girl's mother and her boyfriend from abusing her to death.

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