Hartford Medical Malpractice Attorney
Injuries caused by medical malpractice can be severe, painful, and costly to the victim. Seeking compensation for a malpractice claim against a doctor or other medical provider may seem difficult or even impossible because the defendant has extensive medical knowledge and training on their side.
A medical malpractice victim has to prevail over long odds, and the defendant will insist that they gave the patient the proper care and did nothing wrong or out of the ordinary.
Fortunately, you don’t have to fight this battle alone. With a knowledgeable medical Hartford malpractice lawyer like the ones at the Kocian Law Group on your side, you can go after the answers and justice you’re owed.
Our attorneys have the knowledge, skill, and extensive resources necessary to take on doctors, surgeons, pharmacists, medical facilities, or any other healthcare professional or organization that failed to provide you with proper care and attention.
If you’ve been harmed by medical malpractice in Hartford, the team at the Kocian Law Group would like to hear your story and help you get justice. We offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss the facts of your case.
We will not charge you a retainer or other fees and we will only collect our fee if and when we win your case. Call Kocian Law Group today for a free claim review.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Three conditions must be met to file a medical malpractice personal injury claim:
- The accepted standard of medical care was not met. The medical profession recognizes that there are certain standards of acceptable medical care as applied to specific procedures and treatments. The profession recognizes that every patient has the right to know these standards are being met and that their physician or healthcare provider is making prudent choices in patients’ medical care. If that standard of care is not met, then negligence may be established.
- The injury was caused by negligence. The patient must prove that the healthcare provider was negligent and that negligence caused the injury.
- The injury resulted in significant damages. Medical malpractice claims are expensive to pursue, often requiring testimony from several expert witnesses and hours of depositions of the people involved in delivering the care. It simply is not worth the cost to file a claim unless there is a significant injury that is likely to result in a substantial damage award if successful. If the injury is minor, the cost of the filing and pursuing a medical malpractice claim will quickly overwhelm any potential damage award.
Common types of medical malpractice claims include:
- ER errors
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication mistakes and dosing errors
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Hartford
A medical malpractice claim, to be successful, must prove negligence on the part of the medial provider.
Under Connecticut section 52-190a, the plaintiff is required to file a certificate along with the civil claim declaring that the plaintiff or their attorney made a “reasonable inquiry” of a qualified medical expert “to determine that there are grounds for a good faith belief that there has been negligence” by the defendant healthcare provider in the medical care of the plaintiff. The reasonable inquiry gave rise to a good faith belief that the provider was negligent.
The plaintiff must get a written and signed opinion from the medical expert that states that the patient was injured by medical negligence. The opinion must provide details that support it. Failure to provide this certificate, or providing a certificate that is false or meritless, could result in the claim being dismissed.
This creates a high bar for plaintiffs in Hartford medical practice lawsuits, but it is a bar that the attorneys at the Kocian Law Group understand and work tirelessly to meet.
Compensation in a Hartford Medical Malpractice Case
Damages that may be recovered in a successful Hartford medical malpractice lawsuit include:
- All related current and future medical costs
- Loss of wages from time missed from work
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering caused by the injury
Given the nature of invasive medical procedures and the damaging effects of negligence on patients, damages can be quite high when the injuries are severe and debilitating. There is no cap for medical malpractice damage awards in Connecticut.
Statute of Limitations for Hartford Medical Malpractice Claims
Like most Connecticut personal injury claims, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within two years of the injury – or when the injury reasonably should have been discovered. There is also a statute of repose that puts a hard deadline on when claims can be filed.
If you file your claim after the deadline has expired, the courts will reject it unless a very narrow exception applies. Don’t risk your future by waiting too long. Get help from a qualified Hartford personal injury attorney now. Our consultations are free and completely confidential.
How Our Hartford Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You
A medical malpractice injury can be devastating for the patient and the patient’s family. When people come to our office with a medical malpractice claim, they are confused, and they often feel let down by their healthcare provider. They know that the physical recovery and the recovery of damages from their doctor are going to be long and difficult, and they are in a vulnerable place.
The compassionate and skilled attorneys at Kocian Law Group have handled many Hartford medical malpractice claims. We have the experience and legal knowledge you’ll need on your side.
Call us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We’re ready to sit down with you, listen to your story, and help you take decisive legal action on your behalf.