Medical malpractice refers to a breach of trust on the part of a healthcare professional that results in the injury or wrongful death of a patient in their care. More than 400,000 hospital deaths each year are attributed to doctor malpractice, and anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 malpractice suits are brought against doctors every year. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at the hand of the medical establishment, please contact our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, at 1-877-801-6202 today.
What are some common types of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice refers to any negligent behavior on the part of a healthcare worker that causes a patient to suffer an injury or wrongful death. While the types of cases are as numerous and varied as the conditions for which patients receive treatment, some common types of malpractice include
- Failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition
- Failure to properly treat a serious medical condition
- Failure to promptly diagnose or treat a serious medical condition
- Failure to properly prescribe medication
- Failure to obtain informed consent for a medical procedure
- Failure to accurately interpret a diagnostic test such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI
What constitutes medical malpractice?
Doctors aren’t expected to work miracles, and not all injuries or deaths are considered medical malpractice. The distinguishing feature of malpractice is that it must meet the following criteria.
- Your healthcare provider has a duty to act responsibly in your best interest
- Your healthcare provider breached his or her duty to you
- You sustained physical or emotional damage while under the care of the doctor, nurse, or hospital
- This breach of duty is responsible for your physical or emotional damage
Proving medical malpractice can be a nuanced, complex affair, which is why it’s so important to retain the services of an experienced medical malpractice attorney if you suspect foul play.
What damages can be recovered in a medical malpractice case?
Medical malpractice can cause a lifetime of problems, so it’s important to seek compensation for all of the damages you may sustain. Some of the damages we have successfully recovered include
- Medical bills and related expenses, both past and future
- Loss of income, both past and future
- Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
- Loss of familial, social, recreational and educational experiences
- Emotional damage, including stress, embarrassment, depression, and strains on family relationships
In certain extraordinary cases in which a doctor’s negligence is particularly careless, a patient may also be awarded punitive damages.
If you’ve been injured while under a physician’s care, you have a right to seek compensation. Please contact the Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, at 1-877-801-6202 today to schedule your free consultation.