Manchester Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to deliver health care in a way that meets the accepted standards of care. When the standard of care is violated and injuries result, the affected patient may file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for losses.
The Manchester medical malpractice attorneys of the Kocian Law Group fight to protect people who’ve been hurt by the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist, or another medical professional or facility.
We know that you placed your trust in them and expected them to meet the acceptable standard of care according to their profession. If you didn’t get this care and were hurt as a result, you deserve answers. You also deserve to be compensated and given the chance to get the best treatment possible.
Our team of aggressive trial lawyers are prepared to demand justice for you. We will fight for the maximum compensation possible to help you rebuild your life. We’ll also fight to send a message that patients deserve responsible treatment. Together, we can make sure that message is received.
Call us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation and let us get to work on your case.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle
Medical malpractice claims come in a variety of different forms. Our attorneys understand how challenging it can be to prove medical negligence, and our team is prepared to handle cases such as:
- ER and Hospital Errors – Hospitals are busy places, and accidents happen frequently. For example, hospital personnel may treat the wrong patient, cause air bubbles in a patient’s bloodstream by removing a chest tube incorrectly, or perform a blood transfusion with a mismatched blood type. These are just a few examples of the many types of medical mistakes that may take place in a hospital, emergency room, or other treatment facility.
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis – Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor inaccurately diagnoses a patient. This serious mistake often leads to the administration of unnecessary medical treatment. Delayed diagnosis occurs when a doctor eventually determines the correct diagnosis for their patient, but in the meantime, either ordered unnecessary treatments or failed to treat the problem altogether. In some cases, a condition is not diagnosed until it is too late to treat it.
- Surgical Errors – Negligence during surgery has caused operations to be performed on the wrong limb. For example, a surgeon may amputate a healthy right leg instead of the patient’s problem left leg. At times, someone on the surgical team accidentally leaves a foreign object inside a patient after surgery. These and many other errors during surgery may give rise to a malpractice claim.
- Birth Injuries – Birth injuries such as hypoxia, brain injuries, and even stillbirth, can be caused by a medical professional’s failure to properly monitor the mother and the baby, timely respond to fetal distress, correctly use delivery equipment, promptly perform a C-section, or timely give oxygen to a newborn in need.
- Anesthesia Errors – Anesthesia errors generally concern a drug or dosage that was incorrectly prescribed or administered.
- Medication Mistakes – Patients are given incorrect medication for a variety of different reasons. Most commonly, medication mistakes occur when a doctor makes an error writing the prescription, the pharmacy provides the patient with the incorrect medication or dosage, or a nurse misunderstands what was ordered and incorrectly administers the medication.
Steps for Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Manchester
While each medical malpractice claim is unique, when you file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Manchester, you will most likely progress through four steps:
- Step 1 – Meet with an Attorney – Medical malpractice claims are extremely complicated. The first step is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. During the initial consultation, the lawyer will be able to review the facts of the case and advise the client about their legal rights and options. This meeting should take place as soon as possible, as there is a limited timeframe within which these lawsuits can be filed in Connecticut.
- Step 2 – Gather Documentation – You will likely need to obtain copies of your medical records and receipts from all related medical costs that you incurred. In order to prove your case, you will need full documentation of your health status. You will need to document all your interactions with the negligent health care professional who caused you harm and the extent of your resulting injuries. Your attorney will advise you as to which precise documents will best help illustrate your case.
- Step 3 – Make a Reasonable Inquiry Certification – Before a medical malpractice claim can be filed in Connecticut, state law requires the injured party or their lawyer to file a document with the court certifying that a “reasonable inquiry” has concluded that there are “grounds for a good faith belief that there has been negligence in the care or treatment of the claimant.” Your attorney will explain the certification process to you in detail. Your attorney will retain the services of a medical expert willing to certify that, in their opinion, you were harmed by medical negligence.
- Step 4 – File the Complaint – Your attorney will file your complaint in the appropriate court.
Compensation in a Medical Malpractice Case
The personal injury laws in Connecticut are designed to determine what the injured party lost and then to assign a dollar amount to that loss.
Some losses are easy to calculate. Hospital bills, medications, physical therapy sessions, and the like are billed at a stated dollar amount. However, non-economic damages are harder to calculate.
These damages, such as pain and suffering and other more subjective damages, will be negotiated or determined by the court. Additionally, in some cases, the court may also award punitive damages to the injured patient to punish the defendant or deter them from making the same mistakes in the future.
Time Limits on Medical Malpractice Claims in Manchester
In Connecticut, medical malpractice claims can only be filed for a limited amount of time after the harm occurs. The Connecticut General Statutes require medical malpractice claims based on a medical professional’s negligence to be brought within two years of the date on which the injury was first discovered or reasonably should have been discovered.
Medical malpractice plaintiffs must meet the deadline. Failing to file a claim on time will almost certainly result in a failed claim. In some rare situations, however, Connecticut’s statute of limitations may be tolled (extended) for a limited period of time in the interest of fairness. Therefore, anyone who has been harmed by medical malpractice in Manchester should consult a local medical malpractice attorney without delay to determine if they have a viable claim.
How Our Manchester Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help You
The experienced medical malpractice attorneys of the Kocian Law Group are committed to establishing strong and trusting relationships with each of our clients. We do this by putting ourselves in your shoes.
We take the time to fully understand the circumstances surrounding your particular case and advise you of your legal options with compassion and professionalism.