By BRENDAN FAULKNER and MICHAEL A. D'AMICO
The standard of care pertinent to a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut is defined by Connecticut General Statutes § 52-184(c) as a breach of the prevailing professional standard of carethat level of care, skill and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers.
By Dr. ROBERT MESSEY
Just last month a Framingham, Mass., drug manufacturer, New England Compounding Center (NECC), unnecessarily infected more than 400 people across the nation because of a meningitis outbreak traced to a contaminated batch of steroids made by the lab. That outbreak has been linked to a reported 386 illnesses and 28 deaths according to the latest Centers for Disese Control and Prevention data.
By MATTHEW P. KERIS
As most medical malpractice practitioners know, the patient's chart is the foundation on which a professional liability case is built or defense raised, and the procurement of the complete medical record is a priority for both the patient and the defendant health care provider. Until recently, not much had changed with respect to the creation, preservation and production of medical records. Medical records have been on paper for centuries, and if a patient's chart is requested, it would be physically maintained in storage for retrieval.