Family of former Danbury Hospital phy...

Family of former Danbury Hospital physician files lawsuit claim...

There are 49 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Nov 12, 2008, titled Family of former Danbury Hospital physician files lawsuit claim.... In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

The wife of a former Danbury Hospital doctor who worked there for more than three decades is suing the hospital and one of its physicians, saying a pre-cancerous condition the doctor had in 1999 was ...

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Hartford, CT

#1 Nov 12, 2008
My sister died in part to due negligence from Danbury Hospital. If only we really knew how many mistakes have been made!
Bella Italia Waiter

Brookfield, CT

#2 Nov 12, 2008
I just can't believe it they would do something like this to Mr. Saperstein. All I remember is that he got the cancer and 6 months later he died. He used to come at Bella Italia every week with his friends and family and I miss those days. When I heard that he died i had tears in my eyes. My cousin was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2002 and they just told him now (2008) that he has to go to all of these treatments. Mrs. Saperstein I hope everything goes well for you I remember those nights when you guys used to come you and Mr. Saperstein used to order the veal with salad and chopped tomatoes all the time, and a glass of chardonnay and diet pepsi. I work at a pizzeria now if you would want to come and visit sometime its called SOHO PIZZA its located in White St across from Western Connecticut State University.
I hope that you get better and heal as time goes by.
not here

Brunswick, ME

#3 Nov 12, 2008
So the hospital's defense is that a misdiagnosis wasn't recognized in time to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations had passed! I'm not usually a fan of medical negligence lawsuits, but this one certainly seems to have some merit. I'm not a lawyer but I think even I might have a good chance of winning this one.
Emily

Oxford, CT

#4 Nov 12, 2008
It's amazing that the News-Times can get lots of facts together for this kind of story. but they can't get together the facts when a reporter attends the boards, commissions, and meetings of local town governments.
PJ Dolan

North Providence, RI

#5 Nov 12, 2008
I guess the DR didn`t leave enough cash for the Mrs. to live on.
Hipocritical Oath

United States

#6 Nov 12, 2008
I wonder how they feel now about limits on damages for malpractice awards.Its always different when it hits home.
simplyamazed

Shelton, CT

#8 Nov 12, 2008
.....$15K?....must be a typo....that's less than the bottom- feeder's fee would be....my condolences to Mrs. S........
thegrinch

Morris, CT

#9 Nov 12, 2008
2 questions:

Why didn't Dr. S. get a second opinion?

If Dr. S. was any kind of doctor, wouldn't he himself know if something was wrong? Wouldn't he know to get a 2nd opinion?

Sounds like Mrs. S. is up to something. The negligence was on the part of the Sapersteins. One: for not getting a 2nd opinion, and two: for waiting until the statue of limitations expired. Why did you wait? Just curious.
Rotten Louie

Sherman Oaks, CA

#10 Nov 12, 2008
Maybe it was da diet pepsi they had alla time at da Bella Italia?
Sue Pepsi too!
While you're at it, sue "the veal with salad and chopped tomatoes" too.
Sonny

United States

#11 Nov 12, 2008
Pre-cancerous........before cancer. What is the issue? They weren't cancerous when reviewed and later became cancerous --- got a crystal ball? I agree with a previous post, if I were really concerned (especially as a physician), I'd get myself a second opinion.
DBCT55

United States

#12 Nov 12, 2008
PJ Dolan wrote:
I guess the DR didn`t leave enough cash for the Mrs. to live on.
How could he?? With the cost of malpractice insurance and inadequate reimbursement from insurance companies physicians dont make that much money anymore. Only the dentist and plastic surgeons do.
DBCT55

United States

#13 Nov 12, 2008
thegrinch wrote:
2 questions:
Why didn't Dr. S. get a second opinion?
If Dr. S. was any kind of doctor, wouldn't he himself know if something was wrong? Wouldn't he know to get a 2nd opinion?
Sounds like Mrs. S. is up to something. The negligence was on the part of the Sapersteins. One: for not getting a 2nd opinion, and two: for waiting until the statue of limitations expired. Why did you wait? Just curious.
He didnt wait....he just found out 6 years after the initial biopsy. Most people wouldnt get a second opinion. He received a diagnosis of esophigitis so why should he have believed it was anything more.
DBCT55

United States

#14 Nov 12, 2008
Sonny wrote:
Pre-cancerous........before cancer. What is the issue? They weren't cancerous when reviewed and later became cancerous --- got a crystal ball? I agree with a previous post, if I were really concerned (especially as a physician), I'd get myself a second opinion.
Obviously you have no medical backround. If e was properly informed he had precancerous cells he would have had a follow up biopsy yearly. If diagnosed early throat cancer can be curable
AJF

New Milford, CT

#15 Nov 12, 2008
I don't understand why people don't understand the need for second opinions. I work in retail/service and have met a lot of people over the years who are sick and refuse to get second opinions. I think it's because it's such a traumatic event, that they want to put everything in their doctor's hands.

Everyone needs to understand that doctors are people just like you and me, and we all have bad days and we're not perfect. At some point, someone is going to make a mistake. Because of that, it would be wise to always get second and third opinions when it comes to battling disease and coming up with the best treatment methods.

I'm sorry for the trouble they have gone through, but to everyone reading this: If you think something is wrong, don't settle for the 1st answer you receive. If you or someone you know is battling cancer, let them know the importance of second and third opinions. It could save someone's life.
Doom and Gloom

Boston, MA

#16 Nov 13, 2008
Perhaps Danbury Hospital's attention was turned toward getting donations from Mr. Galante and not toward getting careful diagnosis?
What a shame.
Enough Said

Danbury, CT

#17 Nov 13, 2008
AJF wrote:
I don't understand why people don't understand the need for second opinions. I work in retail/service and have met a lot of people over the years who are sick and refuse to get second opinions. I think it's because it's such a traumatic event, that they want to put everything in their doctor's hands.
Everyone needs to understand that doctors are people just like you and me, and we all have bad days and we're not perfect. At some point, someone is going to make a mistake. Because of that, it would be wise to always get second and third opinions when it comes to battling disease and coming up with the best treatment methods.
I'm sorry for the trouble they have gone through, but to everyone reading this: If you think something is wrong, don't settle for the 1st answer you receive. If you or someone you know is battling cancer, let them know the importance of second and third opinions. It could save someone's life.
You wasted your time typing this, because it shows you have no idea what you are talking about.#1 As a patient when you go to the doctor because of some issues you are having and they diagnose you with something that is not life threatening what would make you go get a second opinion? If you are diagnosed with something that is life threatening you should most definitely get a second opinion. What happened in this case was that the Doctor was diagnosed with something that was NOT life threatening by a COLLEAGUE whom he trusted I am sure. So why would he get a second opinion? She didn't do her job, which was proven by 2 other sources, by catching the fact that they were precancerous cells. Something could have been done to save the Doctors life, but she was too busy to look at a COLLEAGUE screenings...WHAT A SHAME!!!! If I was on this jury I would find her guilty!! This probably has nothing to do with money and that is why it is such a small amount, it is the principle of the matter. They are not trying to bankrupt the hospital, they just want her to take responsibility for what happened and to heighten awareness on how important it is to take your time with these diagonoses and be careful. You are dealing with peoples lives. Also, even if they should have filed a lawsuit by 2002, why would they have if nothing was wrong by then. They had know idea that within a few years he would be diagnosed with cancer that could have been treated if the doctor did her job. So the Statue of Limitations should really start from the day he was diagnosed!!!
duh

United States

#18 Nov 13, 2008
DBCT55 wrote:
<quoted text> He didnt wait....he just found out 6 years after the initial biopsy. Most people wouldnt get a second opinion. He received a diagnosis of esophigitis so why should he have believed it was anything more.
Because he was a doctor himself and should have known better. Something was wrong in the first place, obviously bad enough to see a doctor. Don't settle for just 1 doctors' opinion, your life depends on it.
Crabby

New Milford, CT

#19 Nov 13, 2008
Mrs. Saperstein's lawsuit is appropriate and will benefit the community. If Danbury Hospital was so careless with "one of it's own" what chance do we as consumers have? The needless suffering this man went through is a disgrace and his death is a huge loss to the community. I doubt very much that the goal of this lawsuit is financial enrichment for the Saperstein family, it would seem to be accountability for laziness.
Why am I not surprised

Raleigh, NC

#20 Nov 13, 2008
It amazes me that this institution is even standing...We see stupid commercials on TV indcating that this place has high grades and every couple of months we read that they screwed up again, someone was mis-diagnosed, treated wrong, faulty readings etc. Start calling some of the local attorneys that have all had cases against this hospital representing clients. Your eyes will be surprised. Say what you will about attorneys and looing to find issues, but if there was nothign to hide, then there is nothing to try... The statue of limitations is merely a loop hole that this place is looking to hide under, once again. I would strongly encourage anyone that has a loved one go into this hospital for any amount of time, even over night, have a family member, hire a private duty nurse, do what you need to do to WATCH your family member or loved one. there are too many "accidents" that happen here and it is not coincidence. I would also encourage anyone that has had any issues with a mistake, a problem, a questionable encounter at this place to contact the State Dept of health(. Just because a commercial states this place has high marks, the State has a long history of investigating calls made to them about this place.
Employee

Danbury, CT

#21 Nov 13, 2008
Why am I not surprised wrote:
It amazes me that this institution is even standing...We see stupid commercials on TV indcating that this place has high grades and every couple of months we read that they screwed up again, someone was mis-diagnosed, treated wrong, faulty readings etc. Start calling some of the local attorneys that have all had cases against this hospital representing clients. Your eyes will be surprised. Say what you will about attorneys and looing to find issues, but if there was nothign to hide, then there is nothing to try... The statue of limitations is merely a loop hole that this place is looking to hide under, once again. I would strongly encourage anyone that has a loved one go into this hospital for any amount of time, even over night, have a family member, hire a private duty nurse, do what you need to do to WATCH your family member or loved one. there are too many "accidents" that happen here and it is not coincidence. I would also encourage anyone that has had any issues with a mistake, a problem, a questionable encounter at this place to contact the State Dept of health(. Just because a commercial states this place has high marks, the State has a long history of investigating calls made to them about this place.
Give me a break. You have no clue what you are talking about. DH is one of the most patient focused and caring institutions around. You have no idea how many patients we treat and provide excellent healthcare to on a daily basis.
While I feel very sad for the Sapersteins, the fact remains that he should have gotten a 2nd opinion. Even if he was in agreement with the initial dx the symptoms did not go away, in fact they would worsen. That would be enough for anyone to make a return trip to the doctor.

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