Thursday, August 19, 2010

Why it matters: medical malpractice

There's been a malpractice case in Connecticut, and the victim of malpractice won a settlement which under ordinary circumstances would go to her spouse. However, that may be moot, because the state didn't recognize the spouse at the time of the malpractice.
Mueller, 62, died last January and although she was legally married to her lesbian partner, Charlotte Stacey, at the time of her death, the case must still wind through probate court to determine whether Stacey can collect any of the verdict.

Mueller's lawyer, Joshua Koskoff, of Bridgeport, said a judge had previously ruled Stacey could not be a plaintiff in the case, even though she claimed she suffered emotionally from her partner's medical plight, because the state didn't make their relationship legal until after the alleged malpractice.

The state's civil union law was passed in 2005, and in 2008 the state Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to wed in the state.

Stacey called the earlier ruling excluding her from the case unfair. "I don't think it's right; we were together the entire time. We were a complete couple in every sense of the word."

You know, over and over and over again, all they do is legitimize bigotry and bias and disadvantage. And they smile sweetly and wave their Bibles. What does it cost them? Why do they hate us so much, those sanctimonious bigots?


James said...

It costs them their self-righteousness. They have to feel "holier" than someone and they can't "do it" to blacks, or women and get away with it. Ipso facto, the "homos" get the full brunt of their Christless attitude.

Nancyp said...

Excuse me? If a two-gender couple decided to tie the knot after a medical event later judged to be a malpractice, the surviving spouse would still be able to collect an award, provided that the sufferer's will didn't specifically direct that award to some other individual such as a child.

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