When doctors make mistakes, you need a medical malpractice attorney who can help you determine when to sue your medical professional to pay for your damages.
If you've been hurt by a doctor, dentist or another medical professional who didn't follow safety standards and rules of the medical profession, you may be considering a medical malpractice lawsuit. Whether it's to sue for misread test results, a misread ultrasound lawsuit, a botched dental procedure or a lawsuit for removing the wrong kidney, we believe in the importance of holding doctors, dentists and others accountable.
Medical malpractice cases always require expert testimony from a medical provider to prove that safety standards and rules have been broken and to prove that the patient has been harmed as result. While many people think of these cases as doctor error lawsuits, in fact, medical malpractice cases can be brought against doctors, dentists, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Tremont & Sheldon have represented malpractice claims ranging from unnecessary surgery; failure to diagnose cancer; failure to urgently treat heart conditions; leaving surgical instruments in the body; improper delivery of babies; performing the wrong operation; and failing to properly supervise or administer anesthesia. We provide medical malpractice legal help in CT and help you decide the best course of action, whether you sue your doctor or hospital.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Tremont & Sheldon have been able to obtain millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for persons injured through the negligence of doctors, dentists and hospitals over the years. The key to our success is the ability of our lawyers to know about medicine and dental procedures to intelligently cross-examine the doctors and read between the lines of hospital records. Please contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Tremont & Sheldon to evaluate your case.
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Common Questions About Medical Malpractice
- How can I be assured of good medical care while in the hospital?
When you are in a hospital, demand specific information:
You and a trusted family member should always know the diagnosis and potential procedure.
Question each procedure before it is started.
Before taking medication, ask what it is for and who prescribed it.
Insist that you know the doctor who is in the overall charge of your case.
Before going into the operating room, find out who they think you are, what is the operation they expect to perform, and where upon your body.
You and your family members should not be afraid to complain if you feel the patient is having a problem that is being ignored.
Repeat over and over again any allergies or reactions you may have.
If your instinct says something is wrong, demand to see the doctor in charge.
Never hesitate to ask for and obtain a second opinion.
- You and a trusted family member should always know the diagnosis and potential procedure.
- How long does it take to determine whether I have a medical negligence case?
The investigation to determine whether a medical malpractice case exists can take several months and sometimes over a year. This is why it is very important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible if you feel that you have or a family member has been harmed by medical treatment. Before we can decide whether you have a case, we must obtain copies of all your relevant medical records and reports, including at times x-ray or MIR scans. Typically, these records are provided to an out-of-state medical provider in order to determine whether medical rules and standards have been broken. Sometimes we have to consult with doctors in several different medical specialties before we can make a decision on whether we can bring a case for you.
- How much time do I have to bring a case against a medical provider, hospital, or nursing home for harm caused to me or a family member?
Under the law, you generally have two years from the date of malpractice or from when you knew or should have known of the malpractice in which to bring a claim in a court of proper jurisdiction. The maximum amount of time for bringing a claim under any circumstances is three years from the date of malpractice. In order to determine the specific limitation that may apply in your case, you shouldconsult with a lawyer as soon as possible. You can also request a 90-day automatic extension of time in which to file suit, which must be filed before the applicable limitation has expired.
- How to Survive a Connecticut Hospital Stay
To reduce problems during a Connecticut Hospital Stay, demand specific information. Some guidelines are below.
- You and a trusted family member should always know the diagnosis and potential procedures.
- Question each procedure that someone is to perform before it is started.
- Before medication, ask what it is for and who prescribed it.
- Insist that you know the doctor who is the overall charge of your case.
- Before going into the operating room, find out who they think you are, what is the operation they expect to perform and where upon your body.
- You and your family members should not be afraid to complain if you feel the patient is having a problem that is being ignored.
- Repeat over and over again any allergies or reactions which you may have.
- If your instinct says something is wrong, demand to see the doctor in charge.
- If a patient tragically dies as a result of careless medical care and treatment, can a case still be brought?
Yes. In the tragic situation where careless medical care and treatment result in a patient's death, a lawsuit can be brought by the administrator of the estate of the person who died, whether or not the person had a will.
- What is required under the law in order to bring a case against a medical provider, hospital, or nursing home for harm caused to me or a family member?
Under the law, in order to file a medical negligence claim against a medical provider, hospital, or nursing home, we must obtain the written and signed opinion of a similar health care provider stating that there have been violations of the medical rules or standards in the care and treatment provided to a patient and the statement must also give a detailed basis for the opinions. The statement must be filed with the lawsuit. In addition, the attorney must also attach a certificate of probable cause that there is a good faith belief that grounds exist for a lawsuit.