The Skill and Resources to Pursue Medical Malpractice Claims
With their years of training and high education level, it is easy to forget that doctors and other medical professionals are human beings who make mistakes. When doctors make mistakes that hurt you or a loved one, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney looking out for your interests. These cases are complex, and your attorney must be prepared to fight the doctor, hospital and insurance company for you.
Our Level of Service Sets Us Apart, Not Our Size
At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C., our lawyers can help you determine whether it is in your best interest to sue your medical professional to pay for the damages you have suffered, which may include medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages. We believe in the importance of holding doctors, dentists and others accountable and have experience pursuing lawsuits involving:
- Defective medical devices, equipment and prescription drugs
- Surgical mistakes during presurgery preparations, surgery and post-surgical care
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Nursing mistakes and negligence
- Hospital errors, including lack of safety procedures, training and working equipment
- Birth injuries
- Oral birth control pill injuries
We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for people injured through the negligence of doctors, dentists and hospitals over the years for clients in Bridgeport and throughout Connecticut. The key to our success is our lawyers’ familiarity with medical and dental procedures, which allows them to intelligently cross-examine the doctors and read between the lines of hospital records.
Medical malpractice suits are highly complex and require expert testimony from a medical provider to prove that safety standards and rules have been broken and the patient has been harmed as a result. Many people think of medical malpractice as only involving doctors, but suits can be brought against medical professionals, such as dentists and nurses, and against facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes.
Strong Advocates for You and Your Family
If you or a loved one has been harmed by medical malpractice, we are here to help you recover. Our firm has the resources and legal expertise to pursue these complex claims and recover full compensation for our clients. To learn more about how we can assist you in maximizing your recovery, call 203-212-9075 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.
Medical Malpractice Frequently Asked Questions
How can I be assured of good medical care while in the hospital?
A.When you are in a hospital, demand specific information:
1. You and a trusted family member should always know the diagnosis and potential procedure.
2. Question each procedure before it is started.
3. Before taking medication, ask what it is for and who prescribed it.
4. Insist that you know the doctor who is in charge of your case overall.
5. Before going into the operating room, find out who they think you are, as well as what operation they expect to perform and where upon your body.
6. You and your family members should not be afraid to complain if you feel the patient is having a problem that is being ignored.
7. Repeat over and over again any allergies or reactions you may have.
8. If your instincts say something is wrong, demand to see the doctor in charge.
9. Never hesitate to ask for and obtain a second opinion.
How long does it take to determine whether I have a medical negligence case?
A.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 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 and MRI 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?
A.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 should consult 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 best survive a Connecticut hospital stay?
• To reduce problems during a Connecticut hospital stay, demand specific information. Some guidelines are mentioned 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 taking medication, ask what it is for and who prescribed it.
• Insist that you know the doctor who is in charge of your case overall.
• Before going into the operating room, find out who they think you are, as well as what 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 instincts say something is wrong, demand to see the doctor in charge.
• Never hesitate to ask for and obtain a second opinion.
If a patient tragically dies as a result of careless medical care and treatment, can a case still be brought?
A.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?
A.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.