Monday, June 23, 2014

A-Rod Drops Malpractice Suit Against Yankees’ Team Doctor

Why did Alex Rodriguez drop his medical malpractice suit against the team doctors. We will never know; how can anyone know why a person does something.

Some possible reasons:
1 - Even if the doctors did misread the x-rays, to be successful in the suit A Rod would have to prove that he was really damaged. It is not enough to prove that a doctor screwed up A Rod would also have to prove the screw up damaged him. Here A Rod would have to prove that if he was told what the x ray showed he would not have played AND that if he did not play his shoulder would be better two tough things to prove. So although A Rod, through his lawyers is saying I just want to forget about this and play it may be that he has a weak case.

2 - He may just be ducking that video deposition the doctors lawyers were threatening. Does this tough Yankee really want to be talking about how bad his shoulder is and how damaged he is for his future.

3 - Rumors are that the Yankees were considering not letting A Rod back to complete his contract. Some say that the Yankees don't have to let A Rod finish his contract if he is injured. The Yankees could save millions by replacing A Rod. Filing suit claiming he was damaged and could not play, put the doctors in a position of proving that even if they were negligent A Rod was not damaged. So by filling suit A Rod put the doctors in the position of supporting A Rod's bid to return to the team. The doctors don't want to say A Rod can't play if then the doctors could be liable.

4 - Of course it could be what A Rod as his spokespeople say, just wants to get along.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Malpractice Comes In Many Shades

Our State has been rocked recently by the suspension of an Enfield Dentist’s license to practice dentistry after a patient died while under his care. The patient died at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield on February 17 after Dr. Rashmi Patel allegedly failed to "properly respond to J.G.'s oxygen desaturation and/or respiratory distress and/or cardiopulmonary distress" while performing 20 tooth extractions. Over the next several months Courts and the Connecticut State Dental Commission will review Dr. Patel’s conduct to determine whether the allegations of sub-standard care have any merit.

While in a case like this there appears to be convincing evidence of malpractice, individuals must realize that every case is not always so dire. Rather, malpractice comes in a variety of shades, and rarely results in anyone’s death. Medical malpractice can be the loss of movement of ones arm after receiving improper medical care following an injury, or the loss of your court case because a motion was not filed on time for legal malpractice. Even though nobody has died as a result, the negligence and the malpractice is real. Once this negligence can be proven and damages attributable to the negligence, the financial recovery is often real, too! Don’t be afraid to seek our assistance if you feel that you’ve been the victim of malpractice. If you’ve been the victim of your lawyer or doctor’s negligence, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do to help get justice for you.

For more on Dr. Rashmi Patel’s case see the Hartford Courant at keyword Patel.