We Help After an Accident or Abuse

The personal injury attorneys of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. Est 1960.

We Help After an Accident or Abuse

We Help After an Accident or Abuse

The personal injury attorneys of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. Est 1960.

We are open and ready to help…

We have modified our office to help with social distancing. We are able to see clients inside or outside the office, or by video or telephone conference.

Courts are beginning to reopen, and insurance companies are resuming normal business. We are here for you and happy to help with insurance issues, medical bills and everything else.

We are open and ready to help…
We have modified our office to help with social distancing. We are able to see clients inside or outside the office, or by video or telephone conference.
Courts are beginning to reopen, and insurance companies are resuming normal business. We are here for you and happy to help with insurance issues, medical bills and everything else.

Over $70 Million

Awards and settlements collected for child victims of sexual abuse across Connecticut involving priests, clergy, teachers, coaches and family members.

$6.2Million

Landmark verdict holding an off-duty police officer responsible for failing to prevent a fatal drunk driving accident.

$6Million

Recovered award for family after proving the medical manufacturer knew about the faulty oxygen machine that killed a patient.

$5.39Million

Won settlement for truck accident victim by taking the case before the superior court after trucking company filed for bankruptcy.

$2.1Million

Largest verdict in Connecticut history involving serious injuries after a motorcycle accident.

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  4.  » What is a doctor’s duty of care?

When a Connecticut resident is unwell and needs medical attention, he or she goes to a doctor and expects the medical professional to exercise their duty of care when attending to them. But what is this duty of care-what does this term mean and what does it entail?

Firstly, it is important to know that doctors owe a duty of care only to their patients. Once this parent-physician relationship is established, the doctor’s duty is to take care of them according to the degree of skill, care and diligence that they possess or possessed by reasonably competent physicians in the same or similar circumstances. The circumstances refer to the area of medicine the doctor practices in, the locality the doctor practices in and the accepted practices there and the exigent circumstances surrounding the medical treatment. Skill and expertise often have to be established with the help of expert testimony from other physicians who have similar training and experience as the doctor in question.

The doctor’s duty of care comes in to play when someone is accusing the doctor of taking substandard care of him or her. This means if someone comes away from the hospital with a worsened condition, a personal injury or as a victim of a doctor’s error, they would need to demonstrate their doctor breached the duty of care owed to them.

Medical malpractice is often difficult to prove and one of the reasons is because it is difficult to find doctors to provide expert testimony against another doctor. Experienced attorneys often known various tactics to try to get them to cooperate and it might be beneficial to consult one for more guidance on how to hold a doctor responsible for their medical errors.