Hartford Medical Malpractice Attorney
When you visit a doctor or undergo any kind of medical treatment, you trust health care providers to provide high-quality medical care so you can overcome or better manage your health issues. Unfortunately, many medical professionals end up causing more harm by making dangerous medical errors. This can cause patients to suffer a new injury or worsened condition.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages suffered. Our Hartford medical malpractice attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi understand what you are going through. We have helped obtain adequate compensation for many victims of medical malpractice, including more than $3 million in damages for a man who suffered brain damage after an anesthesia error while under the care of a medical professional. Partner Mike D’Amico has served on the Medical Malpractice Committee for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and was selected as Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Law in 2018 and 2016.
Our dedicated lawyers are prepared to handle complex medical malpractice claims. We can evaluate your case during a free, no obligation legal consultation and determine if you have a valid claim. All of our services are provided on contingency. There are no legal fees involved unless we help you recover compensation against a negligent health care provider.
Why Should I Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
There are numerous benefits to hiring an attorney after you have suffered harm as a result of medical negligence. A Hartford medical malpractice lawyer can be useful to your case in the following ways:
- Handling all the paperwork involved – It can be very difficult to understand legal documents without knowledge of state laws. Filing a medical malpractice claim involves lots of paperwork that can be overwhelming on your own. An attorney knows exactly what documents need to be prepared, reviewed and filed.
- Saving you time and money up front – The entire process of building a strong case to recover compensation can be time-consuming. Our team can evaluate your legal options during a free consultation. If you do decide to move forward, there are no upfront costs to worry about. We can handle your case so you can spend your time focusing on your recovery.
- Dealing with insurance companies – It can be intimidating to reach out to insurance companies - you may be unsure of what to say or do after suffering from medical malpractice. A lawyer can handle all of the correspondence between insurance companies on your behalf to try to help ensure a fair outcome.
- Conducting a thorough investigation – An attorney will investigate every aspect of your case. This includes obtaining copies of records from the Hartford hospital where you received treatment and records of the doctor or health care provider who provided negligent treatment. We will also work to collect any medical bills and receipts for treatment of the injuries caused by medical malpractice.
- Contacting experts – A lawyer can consult a medical expert to independently review your situation and prove how your injuries were a direct result of negligence.
- Determining the value of your damages – Our medical malpractice lawyers in Hartford can help document and determine the value of all of your losses so we can pursue full compensation. Damages can include anything from medical expenses to lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- Obtaining maximum compensation deserved – Once your damages have been valued, an attorney can accurately represent your needs and fight for the compensation you are entitled.
- Keeping your best interests in mind – You need someone in your corner to provide council and support every step of the way. Our legal team will look out for your best interests as you heal and recover during this difficult time in your life.
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Types of Medical Malpractice
At D'Amico & Pettinicchi, our medical malpractice attorneys in Hartford are prepared to represent clients who have been injured by many types of medical malpractice:
Even the smallest anesthesia error can result in permanent injury, brain damage or even death. Medical malpractice occurs when an anesthesiologist fails to:
- Look over a patient’s medical history for any allergies or possible complications prior to surgery
- Inform the patient of required preoperative procedures, such as refraining from eating or drinking for a certain time period before surgery or taking certain prescriptions
- Provide enough or too much anesthesia to the patient during surgery
- Properly put in a trach or breathing tube to help regulate the patient’s airways
- Actively monitor the patient’s vital signs for any distress or irregularity
A birth injury can result in severe, permanent injuries, robbing both a child and the mother of having a normal life. Birth injury negligence occurs when a health care provider fails to:
- Diagnose a mother’s medical condition, such as hypoglycemia, anemia or gestational diabetes
- Identify any birth defects or ectopic pregnancies
- Anticipate birth complications as a result of the baby’s size
- Respond to signs of fetal distress, including changes in heart rate and oxygen deprivation
- Administer a C-section when needed or use the proper tools for delivery
Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis
A missed or delayed diagnosis can result in missed opportunities for medical treatment and care. This may cause new injuries or further harm. Medical negligence occurs when a doctor fails to:
- Diagnose a condition for a period of time
- Make a correct diagnosis
- Diagnose a patient’s illness
- Listen to a patient’s health concerns
- Administer necessary tests for a patient’s condition
- Correctly interpret test results
- Recognize a patient’s symptoms
A medication error is one of the most common types of medical malpractice, resulting in serious complications. This occurs when a negligent doctor, nurse or pharmacist fails to:
- Prescribe a patient the correct medication
- Warn patients of the medication’s associated risks
- Administer the proper dosage to a patient
- Notice a potentially harmful drug interaction
- Give the patient the intended medication
- Record the patient’s medication history
A surgical error in the operating room can be extremely dangerous and inflict serious harm. Medical malpractice occurs when a surgeon fails to:
- Operate on the correct body part
- Avoid leaving surgical equipment inside a patient’s body
- Read or ignore lab or test results
- Perform sanitary procedures prior to surgery
- Follow up with a patient after surgery
- Keep an organ or blood vessel from being punctured, causing internal injury
If you or someone you love has suffered from medical malpractice as result of a health care provider’s negligence, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney. A Hartford medical malpractice lawyer can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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Liable Parties in Medical Malpractice
There are several parties that could potentially be held liable for medical malpractice. These include:
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living facilities
If we can determine that you have a valid case and you decide to move forward, our medical malpractice attorneys in Hartford will carefully review all relevant factors to determine the party or parties responsible for your injuries. We will then actively fight to hold them accountable for negligence by helping you file a lawsuit.
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Do I Have a Valid Medical Malpractice Case?
To have a valid case, certain factors must be present in order to hold a health care provider liable for negligence. You must be able to show the following elements to prove that medical malpractice occurred and caused your injury:
The first step is proving a doctor-patient relationship existed. The doctor must have agreed to treat and diagnose you. Once that relationship is established, the doctor is legally obligated to provide care that fits within the accepted standards in the medical community. This means acting in a reasonable manner as another medical professional would in a similar situation in the same geographic area. This obligation is also known as the duty of care.
Breach of Duty
The second step is proving that your health care provider failed to uphold the duty of care that was owed to you. This means the health care provider did not take the steps that others with similar experience and training would have taken in a similar type of situation. In some cases, this means the medical professional took the wrong action. There are other cases when the medical professional failed to act when he or she should have.
The third step is proving that your health care provider’s actions or inaction caused additional harm or worsened your condition. You must show that your injury was a direct result of negligence and not caused by a pre-existing condition or outside issue. In other words, you need to prove you would not be suffering the health problems you are now without the negligence of the medical professional in question.
The final step is proving that you suffered damages caused by the negligent treatment you received from your health care provider. This can include medical bills, lost income from missed time at work, and physical pain and suffering.
Our Hartford medical malpractice lawyers will review the circumstances behind your claim and determine it if it meets the standards of medical negligence. If you have a valid medical malpractice case, we will pursue every legal option available to help you obtain favorable compensation.
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Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims
Every state has statutes of limitations, or deadlines, for filing different types of lawsuits. Once the deadline passes, you will lose the right to file a lawsuit. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is within two years from the date the injury was discovered, or within two years from the date the injury should have been reasonably discovered. However, no claim can be brought more than three years from the date of the negligent act.
If the statute of limitations is about to expire, you may petition the clerk of the court for a 90-day extension of the statute to allow for reasonable inquiry into your medical malpractice claim.
In order to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Connecticut, you and your Hartford medical malpractice attorney must make a reasonable inquiry to determine that you have grounds for a good faith belief that negligence occurred.
The way to show a good faith belief is to obtain a written and signed opinion from a qualified medical expert. He or she must be similar to the health care provider being accused of medical malpractice.
It is important to consult a licensed and knowledgeable lawyer at our firm as soon as possible after medical malpractice has occurred. We can help make sure that you meet the above deadlines so you have a chance to pursue compensation.
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Compensation for Medical Malpractice
There is no cap on damages when it comes to medical malpractice claims in Connecticut. You can recover economic, non-economic and punitive damages. Economic damages can be anything from medical bills to lost wages whereas non-economic damages can include emotional distress, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages on the other hand are used to punish a health care provider for gross negligence and to discourage other medical professionals from doing the same.
However, Connecticut law can prevent you from recovering compensation if you share some responsibility for your injuries. This is called the theory of comparative negligence.
Comparative negligence is broken down into two types: pure and modified. Connecticut follows the modified comparative negligence law. Under this theory, if you are found 50 percent or more at fault, you may not recover any compensation.
However, if you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault, you can recover compensation. Your award is reduced according to the percentage of fault.
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Consult Our Skilled Hartford Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for your damages and losses.
Our skilled Hartford medical malpractice lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi understand the difficulties many victims face after medical negligence and the devastating effects it can have on one’s livelihood.
Schedule a free, no obligation legal consultation to discuss your claim with us. We take cases on contingency, which means there are no upfront costs or fees unless we help you recover compensation.