Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Connecticut
When medical providers commit medical malpractice, innocent victims find their lives forever changed due to the permanent injuries they suffer. Instead of compensating victims for their injuries, doctors and insurance carriers spend vast sums of money fiercely defending medical malpractice lawsuits. Due to the complex nature of a medical malpractice case, representation by an experienced Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer is essential.
Carter Mario Law Firm Is Experienced In Medical Malpractice Cases
At Carter Mario, our team of experienced Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to representing individuals who suffered injuries due to negligent medical providers. Our firm has a successful track record of gaining favorable medical malpractice results, as seen by our achievement of obtaining over One Billion Dollars in financial compensation for our clients. Further, Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys have a deep understanding of the complex legal and medical issues involved in medical malpractice cases from practicing law for over 30 years.
Reach out to Carter Mario to Discuss Your Case
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, it is important to seek the help of a skilled Connecticut medical malpractice attorney. At Carter Mario, our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers will work with you every step of the way to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies know we fight for our clients and will not accept minimal settlement offers but instead fight for maximum compensation.
What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice in Connecticut?
Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider breaches the applicable standard of care for their medical field — this is the basic definition of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice does not occur simply because a medical professional makes a mistake, which is why Connecticut law requires a certificate of merit to be filed with the lawsuit. The certificate must state a reasonable inquiry was performed to identify and determine the grounds for the medical provider’s substandard medical care.
Points of Proof in a Malpractice Suit
To win a medical malpractice claim, you must prove by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%, that the healthcare provider owed you a duty of care and breached that duty which caused your injury. Medical malpractice claims are difficult cases to prosecute because no statute defines the exact duty a medical provider owes a patient. As a result, testimony by an expert medical witness who practices the same type of medicine as the at-fault medical professional is required to define the standard of care and how it was violated.
Failure to Diagnose
A failure to diagnose occurs when a healthcare provider fails to identify a patient’s medical condition, a basic form of medical malpractice. This type of medical error can have serious consequences. A failure to diagnose error is usually the result of poor record keeping, lab errors, and a medical provider failing to spend sufficient time examining a patient.
Delayed diagnosis occurs when a healthcare provider fails to identify a medical condition in a sufficient amount of time. This is medical malpractice. As a result, the condition progresses and becomes more serious. Similar to a failure to diagnose error, a delayed diagnosis occurs due to lab errors, misinterpreted lab results, a failure to order proper testing, and improper post-follow-up care.
Prescription Drug Errors
Prescription drug errors occur when a healthcare professional prescribes the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage — this is medical malpractice. This error can cause a patient to suffer additional injuries from their underlying medical condition. Alternatively, a prescription drug error can cause a patient to suffer injuries if the drug causes an adverse reaction.
Mistakes in Surgical Procedures
Surgical errors are particularly grievous. Common surgical mistakes include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Failing to properly monitor vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygen levels
- Using incorrect drugs
- Performing surgery on the wrong location
- Leaving foreign objects inside a patient
Due to the inherently invasive and dangerous nature of the surgery, patients can suffer serious injuries.
Other Types of Medical Malpractice
Another common form of medical malpractice is birth injuries. These injuries occur during labor and delivery procedures. Birth injuries often result from:
- Improper use of forceps
- Excessive force used during birth
- Vacuum errors
- Deprivation of oxygen due to unmonitored fetal distress
- Failing to perform cesarean sections
The Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice in Connecticut
Each state imposes a legal time limit on a person’s ability to pursue a legal claim, which is known as a statute of limitations. Under Connecticut law, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two years from the injury date. If you fail to learn of your injury during this two-year period, Connecticut law provides an additional year beginning from the date of the injury under the applicable statute of repose.
The Average Settlement For Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The average settlement for a medical malpractice lawsuit varies greatly depending on the specifics of the case and the extent of a victim’s injuries. Factors which can impact the settlement amount include the severity of the injury, the cost of medical treatment and rehabilitation, the extent of any lost wages or future earning potential, and potential verdict. In 2021, medical malpractice victims prevailed in 52% of the lawsuits filed in Connecticut and obtained average verdicts ranging from $691,321 to $1,033,975.
Contact Carter Mario Today
If a medical provider harmed you, you need aggressive legal representation. Insurance companies know who we are and the results we have obtained for our clients. Contact Carter Mario today to learn more about your legal rights and to obtain a free consultation from a medical malpractice attorney for your medical malpractice claim.