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Filing a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut: Requirements

You're completely certain that your medical provider made a mistake in your diagnosis. As a result, you took medications that you never should have had in your body. You lost your hair, went through months of weakness and only now are beginning to recover.

Can you sue if you're hurt in an emergency room?

When you go to the emergency room, you're in the most dire need. You're in pain, feeling sick and aren't thinking clearly. You don't want to wait any longer, and you'd do whatever someone tells you if it would help you feel like yourself again.

Informed consent keeps you safe and is a necessary document

Informed consent, in a medical setting, means that a patient or his or her representative has been given all the information necessary regarding a medical procedure or treatment. He or she must understand the potential risks and complications. Typically, an informed consent is a piece of paperwork that you must sign before an operation or treatment plan can begin.

File a claim as soon as possible to avoid running out of time

If you're hurt by someone in the medical community, there is a chance that you can file a medical malpractice claim. If you decide that you want to do so, then you need to understand the time limits that are in place. If you do not file your lawsuit within a certain time frame, you may lose your right to do so forever.

Did Connecticut ban conversion therapy?

Medical malpractice comes in many forms, but one thing that you may not have thought about is how changing laws can impact malpractice cases. For example, in the past, anti-gay therapy was used to try to convert those with homosexual tendencies to heterosexuality. This was a horrible treatment that left many people suicidal and at risk of injuring themselves.

How is medical innovation affected by medical malpractice?

Malpractice reform can affect patients, but it also affects medical device innovation. You probably know that to prevent lawsuits, many doctors order more tests than necessary to confirm a diagnosis. While this is both good and bad for the patient due to a firm diagnosis but higher expenses, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Since doctors only want to use the best equipment, medical device innovators are taking their time making technologies that are safer and more accurate.

How you can recognize medical malpractice to make a claim

Medical malpractice is any unskilled or negligent treatment that causes a patient to suffer an injury or death. In the medical community, there is a standard of care that applies, and it's normal that physicians within a state need to be up to the same standard of care when treating patients. For instance, if most physicians in the state know how to perform simple blood tests, then it would be unusual to have a physician who could not do so, possibly opening that physician up to malpractice claims due to a lack of education.

Here are some tips for avoiding medical mistakes

To avoid injuries or illness due to medical malpractice, there are a few things you can do. First, as a patient, it's vital that you communicate with your medical provider. Build a healthy relationship in which you share health information, symptoms and other information with your provider. You should always feel comfortable with your provider and the suggested treatment plan. It's wise to get a second opinion or to consider going to a different medical provider if you do not agree or feel threatened or pushed into a treatment.

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