We place a great deal of faith in our doctors and other medical professionals who administer the treatment we need. Unfortunately, some providers fall short of the standard of care that is expected of them, putting patients’ health and safety at risk. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a medical error or negligence, you may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim for damages. Contact Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Why Choose Our New Haven Medical Malpractice Lawyers?
Our team has more than a century of combined experience holding negligent parties accountable.
Our firm is small enough to formulate a legal strategy unique to each client, but large enough to offer the resources necessary to get just results.
We can provide our legal services no matter where you reside in the state, as our office is conveniently located to accommodate our clients.
Common Cases of Medical Malpractice
Patients commonly need assistance in pursuing compensation for the following types of medical malpractice:
Birth Injuries: Any errors during childbirth can cause permanent injuries or death for the baby and the mother.
Failure to Diagnose: Physicians may fail to effectively care for a patient if they cannot accurately and timely diagnosis a condition that needs treatment.
Wrong Site Surgery: Too often mistakes are made where lead surgeons operate on an incorrect body part, or even the wrong patient.
Foreign Object Left Behind: Surgical gauze, instruments and other materials left inside a patient after surgery can cause serious health issues and, at a minimum require additional surgery to remove.
Perforated or Nicked Blood Vessels or Organs: At times, surgeons may inadvertently cut an organ or blood vessel during surgery. Failing to correct such a mistake can lead to internal bleeding, infection and other serious issues.
Emergency Room Errors: Mistakes are commonly made in the emergency room due to issues of understaffing, overworking, and inadequate personnel training.
Medication Errors: Administering the wrong medication, dosage, or failing to check for negative medication interactions are just a few of the potentially deadly errors that can be made.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect: Staff at nursing homes can fail to properly carry out their duties, or intentionally cause harm.
Thousands of mistakes are made on a yearly basis by healthcare providers, either adding to or unnecessarily prolonging patients’ suffering from illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.
Understanding Medical Malpractice Law
Medical malpractice is a negligence claim, falling under a larger category of tort law. Negligence claims are based on the premise that in certain situations, people owe others a duty of care. When the standard of care is deviated from, the negligent party can be held accountable for any resulting injuries. Successfully obtaining compensation in a medical malpractice case, will involve the following:
The patient must first connect their injuries to be a direct result of substandard care.
Establishing a Patient-Physician Relationship
The victim must prove to the court that he or she was under the care of the liable healthcare provider.
The patient must show that the medical provider did not provide treatment that was in accordance with reasonable professional standards.
Additionally, it must be proven that this negligence was directly responsible for the victim’s injuries.
Evidence of Damages
The final step is proving financial losses, by determining the amount of monetary compensation that is due to the patient.
A New Haven medical malpractice claim must generally be filed within two years after the incident or from when the injury should have reasonably been discovered. This period of time, known as the statute of limitations, is determined by state law. However, due to there being a statute of repose in Connecticut, victims have an absolute deadline of three years for legal action. This is regardless of when the injury is discovered. After this period of time has passed, victims’ rights to filing a claim are barred.
We Will Get You Results
Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. has the necessary experience to help you hold a healthcare provider liable for injuries you or a loved one suffered as the result of receiving substandard medical care. Call (203) 265-2035 and schedule a free case evaluation today.