Legislators in Connecticut are currently considering two bills that could have a substantial impact on the filing of malpractice claims in the event of a medical error. One bill would make it less difficult for individuals to bring medical malpractice claims in the state.
However, a separate bill before the House would increase the burden of proof for a medical malpractice claim related to emergency care. This comes at a time when it appears Connecticut's emergency rooms will receive an all-time high number of patients, estimated to include 1.6 million visits. Other states are also considering laws related to medical malpractice claims in light of recent developments in health care.
The medical community has hotly opposed the first bill. One Connecticut emergency doctor recently submitted an opinion article in The Day arguing that the changes will increase frivolous lawsuits, although he supports the change in standard for emergency care. However, medical malpractice claims are complex and hard-fought, often relying on intimate details that can only be fully considered during litigation. These lawsuits provide those injured due to the negligence or error of a medical professional to recover compensation for their injuries. No patient who visits a qualified professional should have to accept substandard care.
Claims accompanied by legitimate expert opinions which side with the injured party should at the very least be heard in court. While medical practitioners are concerned the law will bring more suits, the voice that is most important in this conversation is that of the potential patient that may have been victimized by potential negligent care or doctor error.
If an individual in New Haven or elsewhere in Connecticut is harmed by negligent doctor or hospital care, compensation may be awarded for extra medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Source: The Day, "Malpractice laws create an emergency for the emergency room," Dr. Gregory Shangold, April 15, 2012