Nurse Found Partially Liable in Patient’s Death
A jury in a Connecticut medical malpractice case recently awarded the estate of a Madison man over $12 million dollars after he committed suicide. Yale-New Haven Hospital was found 65% liable and a Guilford nurse practitioner was found 35% liable in his death.
This patient suffered from anxiety and was taking medication to deal with his illness for over 10 years. He began receiving treatment at Yale New Haven Hospital when he had thoughts of taking his own life. After 10 days in the hospital, he was taken off of his medication and told by the nurse practitioner to return for follow-up in three months. Nine days after his discharge he died by suicide.
Connecticut medical malpractice cases are complex. Here are some reasons you might have a claim:
- Deviation from the standard of care. Any action taken in a patient’s health care that is different than what is widely accepted as protocol by other similarly credentialed health care providers.
- Mistakes in performing procedure/medications. Incorrectly performing a procedure and ordering wrong medications/dosages can be Connecticut medical malpractice.
- Uninformed consent. It is a health care provider’s responsibility to let the patient know if there are less invasive/risky procedures.
Question the level of care you or a loved one received? See if you have a Connecticut medical malpractice case.