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Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional provides care to a patient that falls below the standard of practice in the medical community. This negligent or reckless conduct of the medical professional must lead to the injury or death of the patient, or the worsening of a patient’s condition.

In these cases, the defendant is the provider of medical care. Although a medical provider is usually a physician, the term may also be applied to include dentists and therapists, as well as nurses and medical technicians. Often, a claim may be brought against the hospital, clinic, or other organization that employs or oversees the work of that medical provider.

There are an infinite number of situations where a doctor’s error in diagnosis, failure to act, or other medical error can lead to severe injury to his or her patient. This is negligence and can lead to severe, life altering injury or death.

Common examples of medical malpractice claims include the following scenarios:

  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury (commonly misdiagnosed conditions include infections, tumors or masses, heart attack, blood clots in the lung, and heart disease);
  • Pregnancy and childbirth negligence (malpractice often relates to placental abnormalities, gestational diabetes of the mother, inuries caused by long labor, preeclampsia, hemorrhage, surgical negligence, negligent administration of anesthesia, complications caused by premature birth, and shoulder dystocia or other nerve injury to the baby during labor);
  • Mistakes in prescribing medication (prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong amount of medication); and
  • Surgical errors (common errors involve nerve damage, failure to control bleeding, leaving a foreign body inside a patient, operating on the wrong body part, and anesthesia-related errors).

Medical malpractice laws are in place to ensure victims have an opportunity to receive compensation for the wrongs done to them.

We at Gold, Levy & Poirot work closely with our clients and with our retained medical experts in order to skillfully address the complex medical questions in our clients’ cases. Our Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys have experience litigating these cases. We handle these matters aggressively, while treating our clients with care and sensitivity for what they are suffering. We know how to guide the victims of medical malpractice through these matters.

Connecticut puts a time limit on your right to file a lawsuit. Do not delay in contacting a lawyer who can protect your rights.

A victim of medical malpractice generally has two years from the date of the malpractice to file a lawsuit.

However, there are prerequisites to bringing suit that can be time consuming:

  • First, it takes time and research to determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim – this often involves hiring an expert who can perform an investigation and analysis of a patient’s medical records.
  • Second, in order to bring a lawsuit, your attorney must file a certification that there are grounds for a good faith belief that there has been negligence in the care or treatment of the client. This document must be completed by a medical professional, who must explain the basis for her preliminary opinion that there is evidence of medical negligence.

At Gold, Levy & Poirot, we are experienced Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys. Our attorneys know the laws and how they are applied in cases like yours.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a medical provider, call our office at 860-549-5152, to set up a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Let the attorneys at Gold, Levy & Poirot advise you on whether you have a medical malpractice claim, the strength of your claim, and discuss with you how much your medical malpractice claim may be worth.

We, at Gold, Levy & Poirot, want to help you and your loved ones get the recovery you deserve.

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