On behalf of Paul J. Ganim P.C. posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, September 28, 2015. When an individual is experiencing odd symptoms or feeling ill, he or she may seek the advice of a doctor to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix or make it better. Medical doctors are highly trained and experienced professionals upon whom patients blindly trust and rely to figure out what's wrong and how to make it better. However, in many cases, figuring out what's wrong is much more complicated and difficult than both a patient and doctor anticipate or would like. Unfortunately, today's fast-paced healthcare environments often don't afford doctors or patients the opportunity to take their time and get it right. Consequently, every year in the U.S. millions of men, women and children receive a diagnosis that is wrong. At times, these diagnostic errors, and the resulting delays in treatment, can have negative and even dire outcomes that adversely affect the health and lives of patients and their families. A recent report released by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine estimates that five percent of U.S. adults "who seek outpatient care," are the victims of diagnostic errors. This number is likely even higher as most doctors and hospitals don't have any type of feedback or notification procedures in place to track when a diagnosis ends up being incorrect. The actual diagnostic process is highly complex and difficult and is rarely given the time, attention and thought that's warranted. Additionally, the report's authors point to several factors that contribute to the large number diagnostic errors including communication failures between vital and invested parties, increasingly complex medical systems and restrictive and punitive healthcare environments. Connecticut residents who have suffered adverse health events due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis may choose to discuss their case with an attorney. Source: The Washington Post, "Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in their lives," Lena H. Sun, Sept. 22, 2015
On behalf of Paul J. Ganim P.C. posted in Workers Compensation on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Distracted, aggressive and speeding drivers pose a danger to all other drivers, passengers and pedestrians with whom they share the road. In cases where an individual is injured or killed in an accident caused by a driver who is texting, tail gating or driving recklessly; it's important to explore options for legal remedies. An accident can cause an individual to suffer extreme pain, rob one of his or her ability to enjoy life and impose financial hardships. For individuals who have suffered injuries in a car accident, the process of attempting to negotiate and settle with an at-fault driver's insurance company can be intimidating and overwhelming. Bridgeport area residents can rely upon the attorneys at Ganim Legal, P.C. Lead by attorney Paul J. Ganim, our team of legal professionals provide sound legal advice and strong representation. Attorney Ganim has a proven track record of helping car and truck accident victims recover compensation so an individual can pay his or her medical bills and account for lost wages and disability. Regardless of their claims, insurance companies are not on an accident victim's side and they are notorious for denying or attempting to settle claims for far less than the amount to which an individual is entitled. Attorney Ganim listens to clients to understand the devastating impact that accident-related injuries have had on their lives as well as the lives of family members. Armed with this information, he takes on the insurance companies to win a favorable settlement. In cases where an insurance company attempts to cheat an accident victim, attorney Ganim is always prepared to go to trial and fight in court for a client's rights.
On behalf of Paul J. Ganim P.C. posted in Products Liability on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. When the average U.S. resident stops and thinks about the sheer number of products with which he or she interacts and engages on a daily basis, it can be mind-boggling. From the products we use to the foods we eat to the toys we give our children and the cars we drive; it's imperative that the products we purchase and use are safe and free of defects and hazards. Unfortunately, annually thousands of foods, drugs, motor vehicles and other products that millions of Americans purchase and use are deemed to be defective and recalled. In cases where an individual suffers harm or injury due to a defective product, it's important to contact an attorney who can help assess one's case and assist in the recovery of compensation and damages. Legally, a product that is sold must "meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer." If a product is deemed to be defective or dangerous, this expectation is not met. When the use of a dangerous or defective product causes an individual to suffer injury, legal action may be enacted based upon state laws as they relate to "negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty." Product liability cases are often complex in that various parties may be cited as contributing to a product being defective or dangerous. The product development cycle involves many steps, processes and parties including those responsible for a product's design, manufacture and marketing. For individuals who have suffered injuries due a product that is believed to be defective and dangerous, there are numerous factors that must be investigated and considered including the type of product, intended use and existence of disclaimers. In Connecticut, residents who wish to learn more about or pursue a product liability case can contact attorney Paul J. Ganim at Ganim Legal, P.C.
On behalf of Paul J. Ganim P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Today's teenagers have numerous responsibilities and social activities competing for their attention and time. For many teens, a smartphone wins out almost every time. In fact, a recent survey of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 reveals that 24 percent admit to being on their smartphones almost constantly, while 56 percent admit to using their phones "several times a day." There's no doubt that today's teenagers are more connected than ever and that most rely upon cellphones to communicate with friends and family, text and post photos. What many teens don't appear to understand, however, is that there are times when it's ok and even necessary to put their cellphones down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more U.S. teens die in motor vehicle accidents than from any other cause. This was true even before cellphones were mainstream. Today, teens are increasingly using their smartphones while behind the wheel and increasingly endangering not only their own lives, but also those of other drivers and passengers. Teen drivers are often the targets of public service campaigns warning of the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. Despite being aware of the dangers of using a smartphone while driving, the results of a recent study show thatroughly 50 percent of teens text while driving. Of those teen drivers who use a smartphone, 38 percent say they use Snapchat, 20 percent Instagram, 17 percent Twitter and 12 percent use Facebook and YouTube. These numbers have many parents and adults wondering why teen drivers willingly engage in such dangerous and distracting behaviors. Researchers note a phenomenon known as fear of missing out or FOMO as being a major contributing factor that, much like an addiction compels teens to respond to texts, calls and posts even though they know it's dangerous. Parents of teen drivers would be wise to talk to a son or daughter about smartphone use while driving. Teens in general often fail to grasp the potential consequences of their actions and having frank discussions may make a teen think twice before reaching for his or her phone while driving. Source: Time, "FOMO Is Making Teens Terrible Drivers," Katy Steinmetz, Aug. 4, 2015
On behalf of Paul J. Ganim P.C. posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, August 6, 2015. When presented with several options, most people likely do a fair amount of research prior to making a major or costly decision like buying a car or hiring a contractor to complete a kitchen remodeling project. However, when it comes to one's health and potentially one's life, few patients research their options with regard to surgical procedures and surgeons. Two websites that were recently launched provide statistical data on the surgical outcomes of nearly 67,000 U.S. surgeons. Checkbook.org was developed by the nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services and provides ratings based upon the number of patients who, after having a specific procedure performed by a specific surgeon, experienced death, serious complications or hospital readmittence within 90 days. Individuals who are eager to learn how their own or a loved one's surgeon compares to other surgeons in a geographical area who perform the same surgical procedures can compare the doctors’ records to discover basic information with regard to rates of bad outcomes including deaths, volume of surgeries performed, medical school attended and board certifications. While the checkbook.org website only includes information about high-performing and recommended surgeons, another website launched by the nonprofit ProPublica, provides information about both high and low-performing surgeons. Through the nonprofit's projects.propublica.org/surgeons/ website, individuals are able to view how many times a surgeon has performed a specific procedure and discover his or her surgical complication rate for that procedure. While both websites contain important disclaimers with regard to how statistical data is collected, reviewed and scored; both are among the first of their kind to provide healthcare consumers with this type of important information. In past decades, most healthcare consumers didn't even think to inquire about a surgeon's experience and success rate. Today, through technological advancements, much of this information exists and increasingly, consumers are demanding it. Source: Fierce Healthcare, "New sites allow patients to compare surgeons based on outcomes, complication rates," July 14, 2015
On behalf of Paul J. Ganim P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about a survey that revealed just how bad the distracted driving problem has become for all drivers in the United States. That survey found that 61 percent of drivers admitted to texting while driving. That's a staggering figure, and the more people who are texting and driving out there, the more tragic accidents will occur. That statistic is only made worse when you hear about some other distracted driving figures. According to distraction.gov, 3,154 people died in car accidents that involved distracted driving. Furthermore, 424,000 people were injured in those distracted driving accidents. Obviously, we have a major problem in this country with our cellphone use (and our persistent need to check our phones behind the wheel of a car). As a result, most states have responded with extensive laws that forbid texting while driving and cellphone use while behind the wheel in certain circumstances. Here in Connecticut, all drivers are forbidden from texting while driving, as well as using handheld devices when driving. These laws are primary offenses. Additionally, bus drivers and novice drivers are banned from any cellphone use -- even if the device is hands-free. These bans are crucial, but there are still plenty of distracted driving accidents that occur. Distracted driving encompasses many more behaviors than just cellphone use. For those that are injured in such an unfortunate event as a distracted driving accident, you need to consider your legal options to ensure you are taken care of in the wake of the wreck. Source: Distraction.gov, "Facts and Statistics," Accessed July 29, 2015
On behalf of Paul J. Ganim P.C. posted in Products Liability on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The German automobile brand known as BMW is synonymous with luxury and speed. While BMW models frequently grace the lists of top motor vehicle performers, the auto maker is currently facing questions about the safety of potentially hundreds of thousands of its vehicles. Earlier this month, a Connecticut man filed a lawsuit against BMW in which he asserts that a defect in some BMW vehicles can cause the cars' electronics systems to short out, thereby rendering the vehicles without power. This most recent lawsuit follows numerous reports and complaints from BMW owners who unexpectedly experienced total loss of power while operating their BMW vehicles. The vehicles are said to lose power when moisture from the sunroof drainage system leaks into a vehicle’s trunk. In those models affected, the key electronics operating systems are located under the spare tire compartment in the trunk. When exposed to moisture, these poorly designed and defective auto parts and systems short out and stop working. In addition to calling upon BMW to assume financial responsibility to fix problems caused by this defective auto design, the Connecticut man is also calling upon the auto maker to admit it failed to inform BMW owners of the existence of and dangers caused by the defect. Auto makers and manufacturers who fail to take steps to address poorly designed and defective auto systems may be responsible for the injuries and deaths of numerous drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Individuals who believe they have been adversely impacted due to an auto defect can benefit from the advice and assistance of an attorney. Source: Forbes, "Will BMW Pay $800 Million To Fix Cause Of Sudden Engine Failure?," Peter Cohan, June 29, 2015