Serving Victims of Hospital Negligence and Malpractice
In Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport, Shelton and all of Connecticut
You’ve probably heard a lot about hospital malpractice before. It’s the area of law that allows ill or injured patients to sue careless doctors who’ve caused them harm. But did you know that hospitals can be sued for medical negligence too?
Hospitals are some of the most important places in the world. Life begins there. Sadly, life often ends there too. In between, the doctors and medical professionals inside the hospital have a duty to treat patients with reasonable, prudent care.
All too often, doctors make mistakes. Hospitals, in turn, can frequently be held liable for those doctors’ errors. The same applies to mistakes made by nurses, support staff, orderlies, and even custodians. The hospital is generally responsible for the people it employs or allows to provide medical care within its facilities. Similarly, the hospital is responsible for maintaining safe, secure, and sanitary premises. That extends to the patient rooms, the operating rooms, the waiting rooms, the hallways – even the parking lots.
When a hospital fails to keep you safe, or when one of its agents acts carelessly and causes you harm, you are entitled to monetary compensation by law. And because the stakes of medical malpractice are typically so high, it isn’t uncommon for the financial recoveries in these cases to be substantial. But proving hospital negligence in court isn’t easy, and most hospitals have extensive legal resources available to them. That’s why injured patients are urged to seek representation from an experienced, well-equipped Connecticut hospital malpractice law firm in their time of need.
Our trusted Connecticut hospital malpractice lawyers have a long history of experience helping Connecticut families secure justice in the face of hospital negligence. We are ready and willing to challenge the biggest hospitals and insurance companies in the world. Call our office and ask for a free case evaluation with one of our Connecticut hospital malpractice attorneys today.
Examples of Hospital Negligence
Hospital negligence encompasses any error or unreasonable action (or inaction) that results in another person’s injury. Injury can even take the form of a condition that doesn’t get better because the hospital made a mistake.
It’s important to note that the hospital’s mistakes may be entirely accidental in nature. That alone does not necessarily relieve them from their liability. Our experienced Connecticut hospital malpractice attorneys can help you determine what the hospital’s duties were in your particular situation.
Common examples of hospital negligence include:
- Misinterpreting an x-ray or test result
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Administering the wrong type (or dose) of medication
- Failing to identify symptoms (i.e., misdiagnosis)
- Failing to adequately treat an injury or illness
- Failing to address safety hazards in the hospital
- Allowing unsanitary conditions or practices to persist
- Employing unqualified or negligent personnel
- Any other action or inaction that unreasonably subjects a person to harm
Types Of Injuries Caused By Hospital Negligence
Hospital malpractice lawsuits cover a broad spectrum of injuries. There simply isn’t a single, one-size-fits-all definition of hospital malpractice. But if you believe that your suffering could have been prevented had a doctor or hospital been more careful or thorough, it is in your best interest to contact our office for a free case review.
Injuries commonly cited in Connecticut hospital negligence lawsuits include (but are not limited to):
- Birth injuries (e.g., cerebral palsy)
- Nerve damage
- Organ damage
- Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)
- Surgical infections
- Heart attack and heart failure
- Brain damage
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Advancement of a serious disease (e.g., cancer)
- Wrongful death
If the Patient Dies
If the patient dies from his illness or injury, the medical malpractice claim does not die with him. Instead, a wrongful death claim arises. The personal representative of the deceased patient’s probate estate (who is typically named in the will) is the party who is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for medical and funeral expenses, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of the ability to enjoy life. Damages go to the probate estate and are eventually distributed to the beneficiaries of the deceased patient’s will.
Talk to Our Connecticut Hospital Negligence Attorneys Right Away
Has a hospital or care provider left you suffering or let you down? When you hire an experienced Connecticut hospital malpractice lawyer from our firm, you can rest assured that we will do whatever it takes to bring your case to justice.
The sooner you take action, the more effective we can be. Hospital malpractice cases are complicated and challenging. They take time. Additionally, our state applies strict legal time limits.
In Connecticut, the medical malpractice statute reads as follows:
No action to recover damages for injury to the person, or to real or personal property, caused by negligence, or by reckless or wanton misconduct, or by malpractice of a physician, surgeon, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, hospital or sanatorium, shall be brought but within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered, and except that no such action may be brought more than three years from the date of the act or omission complained of, except that a counterclaim may be interposed in any such action any time before the pleadings in such action are finally closed.
In a nutshell, this means that you may have as little as two years after malpractice occurs to file a lawsuit with the appropriate court. If you miss the statute of limitations deadline, the court will dismiss your lawsuit, and the defendant will have no incentive to even negotiate a private settlement with you.
Likewise, if you begin pursuing your claim shortly before the statute of limitations deadline expires, you might not leave yourself time to prepare a strong case before the deadline expires. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will deteriorate (witnesses relocate out of state, for example). Any delay in pursuing your claim reduces your chances of victory as well as the amount of compensation you are likely to receive. We urge you not to delay.
Even if you aren’t sure whether you have a case, we ask you to give us a call. There’s no cost and no obligation for your initial review. After that, if we do take your case, we will only charge you if we recover money on your behalf.
Let’s take your next steps together. Contact us today.