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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.
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. These types of cases are as varied as the conditions for which patients receive treatment.
Some examples of medical 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 certain criteria.
Criteria for Medical Malpractice:
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 compensation for past and future medical bills, loss of income, physical disability, loss of enjoyment, emotional damage, and more. In certain extraordinary cases in which a doctor's negligence is particularly careless, a patient may also be awarded punitive damages.
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at the hand of the medical establishment, please contact our Ridgefield medical malpractice lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients throughout Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford, Bridgeport, and all of Connecticut. With 100 years of collective experience, we are the firm you want defending your rights. We truly care about our clients' needs and fight aggressively on their behalf. Since 1988, we have dedicated ourselves to the pursuit of justice on behalf of our clients. No cost. No fee. 30-day guarantee.