We place an enormous level of trust in our doctors, and they are the ones we turn to when our lives and our livelihoods hang in the balance during a medical emergency. All it takes is one careless error on their part, and our lives can be changed forever.
To best protect all of us, doctors and other medical professionals need to be held to a high standard of care. When this standard is breached, people are seriously harmed, and the doctor and his or her employer may be held legally accountable.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are intended to get the victims of medical negligence the resources they need to ensure the best possible recovery.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined, in short, as the failure of a medical professional to provide an expected level of care, resulting in harm caused to a patient.
It can take many forms, including:
- Surgical errors: Mistakes made during surgery can be deadly. They could include damage from a surgical instrument, as well as sponges or surgical instruments left within the body after a procedure.
- Failure to diagnose cancer: As the odds of successfully treating cancer diminish the longer it develops, this can be tragic.
- Misdiagnosis: An error in diagnoses means the condition will continue untreated.
Anaesthesia errors: Anesthetics are power substances that can do great harm if administered improperly. An error in dosage can lead to brain damage or death.
- Overprescribing prescription drugs: Likewise, a simple error in prescribing a drug could mean an overdose. Likewise, misfilled prescriptions from a pharmacy can lead to serious negative consequences.
- Errors during childbirth: These tragic cases of negligence often result in defects that may impair a child for life, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and more.
Medical Malpractice in Connecticut
According to a state report, there were 3,221 medical malpractice claims filed in Connecticut between 2008 and 2012. That’s an average of nearly 2 alleged medical errors per day across the state. According to the report, 410 of these cases involved the death of the patient. Others included severe injuries, such as paralysis or brain damage.
How Can a Medical Malpractice Suit Help You?
Medical malpractice cases are not easy. Not every mistake by a doctor constitutes medical negligence. Building these cases requires a deep understanding of Connecticut medical malpractice laws.
Hospitals and other medical providers have skilled attorneys whose job is to argue that you shouldn’t be compensated. You need someone on your side – an attorney who can go toe-to-toe with these huge medical companies on your behalf.
A Connecticut medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you secure compensation for:
- Hospital stays, ambulance rides, rehabilitation
- Necessary follow-up surgeries
- Income you lost because you were unable to work
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of income and companionship, if a loved one has died
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If the negligence of a medical professional has serious harmed you or a loved one, you should speak with an attorney about your options. At the Flood Law Firm, we understand Connecticut’s medical malpractice laws. We handle these kinds of cases with compassion, determination and professionalism.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you think you have a medical malpractice claim. There is no obligation.