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Have you or a loved one been the victim of medical malpractice in Connecticut? Contact The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. as soon as possible.
We as human beings tend to put our trust in those who are professionally trained to take care of several problems that come up in our lives. We depend on mechanics to fix our vehicles, plumbers to repair broken water pipes, and medical professionals to care for us when we are injured or sick. But when we put our trust in the wrong medical professionals, they could intentionally cause additional injuries. This is known as medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured after trusting a medical professional who failed to perform their duties, you’re going to need the help of an aggressive Connecticut medical malpractice attorney. At The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr., our compassionate and understanding medical malpractice attorneys will fight for your rights as a victim while keeping your best interests in mind to maximize the amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. If you don’t have time for a consultation today, no problem! You can also schedule your free consultation on our website whenever you have the chance.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
According to statistics, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind cancer and heart disease. Medical malpractice can be defined as any harm done by a medical professional such as a doctor or surgeon who fails to perform their duties despite their knowledge. This is not to be confused with medical negligence, which is an unintentional mistake that causes harm to a patient. Unfortunately, medical malpractice affects over 225,000 each year in the United States. Examples of medical malpractice can include but are not limited to:
- Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Surgical errors or wrong-site surgery
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
- Premature discharge
- Improper medication or dosage
- Unnecessary surgery
- Failure to order proper testing
As you can see, medical malpractice can take many forms. If you or a loved one were further injured while in the care of a medical professional in Connecticut, don’t hesitate to call The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. Our compassionate team of medical malpractice attorneys is on standby to answer any questions you may have about your situation and help you determine if you have a medical malpractice case. Call us today for your free, no-obligation, and completely confidential consultation. Don’t have time for a consultation right now? No problem, you can schedule your free consultation on our website at your earliest convenience.
Steps To Proving Negligence In A Medical Malpractice Case
It can be difficult to prove medical malpractice against a medical professional. In order to be able to claim damages in a medical malpractice case, the victim must take steps in order to prove negligence on the medical professional’s behalf. Proof can come in the form of physical evidence such as medical reports and test results to expert testimonies from medical professionals about similar incidents that have caused injury to other victims. Negligence can be defined as a failure to take reasonable care, resulting in the damage or injury of another person. The concept of negligence can be divided into four parts:
- Duty Of Care- Can be defined as a person’s responsibility to not harm another person or to put them in immediate danger or harm’s way. It is a physician’s duty of care to provide a certain standard of skill and care to their existing patients. The legal duty of care is created when a doctor agrees to care for a patient who requests their services.
- Breach Of Duty- If a surgeon intentionally leaves a medical utensil inside a patient’s body to ensure that the patient is going to need a second surgery in order to remove the utensil, then that surgeon has breached their duty of care by not providing the best care to their patient.
- Causation- Just stating that a medical professional breached their duty of care is not enough to prove negligence in a medical malpractice case. The victim needs to also prove that the surgeon’s actions in the example above caused them more pain and suffering than necessary. In the example of the surgeon, the second surgery to remove the medical utensil would not have been needed if the surgeon didn’t intentionally leave the utensil there.
- Damages- If it can be proven that a medical professional had a duty of care to a victim, the medical professional breached that duty, and that the breach of duty of that medical professional caused further injury or unnecessary pain and suffering to the victim, then damages will be rewarded to the victim. Damages can be recovered in the form of monetary compensation.
Hospitals and doctors have teams of attorneys to fight on their behalf, and so should you. If you or a loved one were seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice, you may have the right to demand compensation. Our team of aggressive medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is ready to take your case.
We have several years of combined experience and the knowledge to be able to take on a hospital’s lawyers. Call us today for your free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys. Don’t have time for a consultation right now? No problem, you also have the option to schedule your consultation on our website whenever you get the chance.
Types of Injuries Caused By Medical Malpractice?
Adults, children, and infants all run the risk of being seriously injured or lose their lives as a result of medical malpractice. The extent of medical malpractice injuries can be widespread depending on the cause of the damage done. Some of the most common injuries that are a result of medical can include but are not limited to:
- Incisions On The Wrong Patient- Patients who are operated on may not have needed the surgery, meaning they were opened up, and part of their body was worked on. This could cause unnecessary pain and suffering to the wrong patient.
- Infant Death- There is nothing harder than losing an infant during or after delivery, especially if the loss could have been prevented. This can also be filed under a wrongful death suit, especially if the negligence of a medical professional can be proven.
- Infections- Medical equipment, if used while unsterilized, can cause serious infections in a patient, whether it be on an incision site or throughout the patient’s body. Unfortunately, if multiple patients contract infections, it can be a sign that a hospital has contamination or sterilization issues.
- Overdose Or Allergic Reaction- Hospitals and other medical professionals are supposed to take great care when prescribing medication to their patients, ensuring that they prescribe the correct medication and the correct dosage. If a medication is improperly prescribed, severe allergic reactions or an overdose can occur.
- Death- In the most serious medical malpractice cases, fatal injuries can be an unfortunate end result. Improper medication, medical device malfunction, and inattention during surgical procedures can all result in the death of a patient.
- Medical Utensils Left Inside A Patient’s Body- A surgeon can intentionally leave a medical utensil or a sponge inside a patient’s body during surgery, requiring the patient to need a second surgery in order to remove the foreign object. This causes unnecessary pain and suffering for the patient, along with extra recovery time.
If you or a loved one trusted your care to a medical professional who failed to perform their duties properly, don’t hesitate to call The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. today. Our knowledgeable team of medical malpractice attorneys will accept any case, regardless of legal standing and financial situation. With no cost to you, until we win your case, you can’t go wrong! Call us today for a free, no-obligation, and completely confidential consultation to answer your questions about your situation.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Medical Malpractice Claim?
In the United States, there is a time limit to file any kind of personal injury claim, including medical malpractice. Every state has its own approach to this time limit, known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim in the state of Connecticut is 2 years after the initial incident. However, certain situations can follow a statute of repose, which is a stricter timeline based on the possible defendant’s last careless action. The statute of repose in Connecticut is 3 years.
While 2 years seems like a long time to file a case, it’s not as long as anybody thinks. Individual investigations, medical records, witness reports, and other types of evidence need to be gathered in order to build a strong case against the medical professional who caused your injuries. We strongly suggest contacting a dedicated Connecticut medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
At The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr., we are always happy to answer your questions about your situation and offer legal advice. Call us for your free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation today, or you can visit our website at your earliest convenience to schedule your consultation.
What Kind Of Damages Can I Claim In A Medical Malpractice Case?
A medical malpractice victim can demand compensation for their injuries as long as negligence on the medical professional’s behalf can be proven. Victims can claim a wide variety of damages based on the severity of their injuries. Examples of damages that can be claimed in a medical malpractice claim include:
- Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life- This can be defined as a victim’s loss of the ability to enjoy activities that they once enjoyed before their injuries such as painting, carpentry, and other various activities.
- Lost Wages- This includes wages a victim would have earned if they were capable of working during the time they had to take off for recovery. This also includes future wages the victim would have earned if they didn’t have to leave work early for future doctor visits, therapy, and future surgeries.
- Loss of Earning Capacity- If an injury from medical malpractice prevents the victim from receiving raises or earn the same amount as they did before the injury, this is considered a loss of earning capacity.
- Pain And Suffering- This includes the physical pain and mental suffering that a victim sustains as a result of their medical malpractice injuries.
Were you or your loved one’s injuries a result of a medical professional who didn’t fulfill their duties? You may have the right to demand compensation. At The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr., we understand how stressful being a victim of medical malpractice can be. We have the experience to be able to maximize the amount of compensation you deserve. And with no cost to you, until we win your case, you have nothing to lose!
Call us today for your free, no-obligation, and completely confidential consultation to ask any questions you may have about your case. If you don’t have time for a consultation right away, no problem! You can schedule your consultation on our website at your earliest convenience.
Calling A Medical Malpractice Attorney In Connecticut
Were you or a loved one seriously injured due to the negligence of a medical professional? The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is here to help. We are always ready to answer any questions you may have about your situation and offer legal advice. We will take any case, regardless of legal standing and financial situation.
With several years of combined experience, you can count on us to stand by your side to fight for your rights and keep your best interest in mind. You can call us today at (860)-231-9535 for your free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation, or if you don’t have time for a consultation right away, you can visit mchamberslaw.com to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.
Learning About You and Your Case
After that, we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action to take in your case and describe the types of compensation that may be available to you. Any fees involved with moving forward will be discussed as some cases can work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you’ll pay nothing until we secure a successful resolution.
Filing Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Complaint
The complaint will contain the details of the accident and your injuries, as well as the legal action we’re taking against the defendant and the compensation we’ll be seeking for you. The defendant will be required to give a response to the complaint.
The Discovery Process
Both parties may also take depositions or sworn statements and in some cases, we’ll consult with accident reconstruction or medical experts. These experts can provide reports and even testify on your behalf if needed.
Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings
The defendant may file a motion to get the case dismissed due to lack of evidence but we may file a motion for immediate relief based on a set of undisputed facts.
Negotiating a Settlement
The negotiation process starts with us making a demand for compensation. The defendant responds with an offer. The offer may be further negotiated until an agreement is settled upon.
Going to Trial
Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements. However, if a case goes to trial, our law firm has 15+ years of experience in the courtroom and we’re ready to fight for you.
Collecting Your Judgement or Settlement
Post-Trial Motions and Appeals
While a case is on appeal, settlement negotiations may actually resume in an effort to bring timely closure to the case.
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