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Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 12, 2014 in Medical Malpractice

While readers may not be surprised to learn that heart disease and cancer are the leading cause of death in the United States, they may be surprised to learn what the third leading cause is. The Journal of the American Medical Association indicates it is medical negligence.  One estimate puts the number of people who die as a result of it each year, at approximately 200,000. Even when a negligent medical act does not lead to death it can result in a patient having to deal with serious injuries. In either situation it is possible that a medical malpractice lawsuit could be filed.

To be a viable claim, a medical provider must have deviated from the standard of care that a reasonably prudent medical practitioner would provide. In addition, that deviation must lead to damages or an injury.

Medical malpractice lawsuits are the result of a variety of actions or in the alternative, failures to take action, including, but not limited to:

  • Medication errors
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries

It is important that those who think they may have been the victim of medical malpractice to take swift action. This is because there is a specific time period during which such a claim can be filed. In the state of Connecticut, generally someone who is injured as a result of medical negligence has two years from the date of the incident to file such a lawsuit. In most cases the first step in this direction is contacting a lawyer.

Source: Forbes, “10 Things You Want To Know About Medical Malpractice,” Demetrius Cheeks, May 16, 2013