Certain types of surgery carry the risk of death, even if everything goes according to plan. But cosmetic surgery rarely falls under that category. In a tragic case of medical malpractice, one cosmetic surgeon's actions led to the serious injury of one patient and the wrongful death of another.
One of the critical roles a doctor can play is to keep patients informed of health risks they may face. By knowing this, patients can take efforts to change their behavior in order to reduce the chance that this risk will turn into a serious health problem. What happens when doctors fail to properly serve this role? A wrongful death case addressing this issue has recently arisen in Kentucky.
Last week, we discussed the specifics of a recent story involving a man who pretended to be a doctor. This story is a troubling one. Particularly in regards to how long this man was able to lie about being a doctor. This could have put many patients at risk of facing injuries resulting from medical malpractice.
This week, the Associated Press released a rather alarming story. It was about a man who pretended to have medical credentials, and used these credentials to teach and train many doctors.
Access to physicians is very important for patients. Being able to promptly see a doctor allows for ailments to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. However, a recent trend in Connecticut may hinder many patients from having this access.
Last week, we discussed how several doctors who have been disciplined in others states for misconduct have been allowed to continue practicing in Connecticut without any sanctions. This raises a concern that this trend could make Connecticut patients more vulnerable to medical malpractice. Today, we will discuss some of the possible causes of this leniency.
The doctors who treat us have a major impact on our well-being. Consequently, misconduct by doctors can have major repercussions on patients. Thus, we expect the state to take all possible precautions to make sure the doctors who practice in Connecticut will offer patients nothing but quality care.
Last post, we discussed how electronic medical records have become more common, and some of the beneficial effects they can have for patients. Particularly, we addressed how electronic records might be able to reduce the occurrence of treatment and medication errors by doctors.
Recently, there has been a major move by Connecticut hospitals and clinics to make all medical records electronic. Electronic medical records can have a major impact on a doctor's ability to treat us. Consequently, we are going to spend the next couple of posts looking more closely at how the increase in the use of electronic medical records might affect patients.