Heart disease causes more deaths in the United States for both men and women than any other type of medical condition, so proper management of chronic or acute heart problems is a crucial service for medical professionals to provide. Unfortunately, some cardiologists—and sometimes the various technicians and assistants they work with—act in reckless or careless ways when treating patients and cause serious injuries.
If you believe your physical condition worsened because of misconduct during cardiologic treatment, speak with a New Haven cardiology malpractice lawyer about your legal options. A dedicated malpractice attorney at Berkowitz Hanna can provide the custom-tailored legal guidance and support you need to pursue financial compensation for your losses.
Like every other medical professional, cardiologists are subject to a “standard of care” based on the actions an equally qualified professional would take under whatever circumstances they encounter while treating a patient. If a cardiologist fails to meet this standard by acting in a reckless or careless way, they and their employer could bear civil liability for any harm a patient suffers as a direct result of that misconduct.
There are various ways in which a cardiologist could be considered “negligent” in this way. Examples of cardiology negligence could include failing to perform electrocardiograms or other relevant tests when appropriate, misdiagnosing a patient’s condition, and providing the wrong medication or treatment based on a specific patient’s medical history and needs. In some cases, medical mistakes during cardiologic treatment stem from something as simple as a miscommunication between technicians or a doctor being too fatigued or overworked to provide high-quality care.
Whatever specific form medical negligence takes, victims could demand compensation for losses like:
A New Haven cardiology malpractice attorney can discuss potential damages in more detail during an initial consultation.
While Connecticut does not impose caps on financial recovery for injuries caused by medical malpractice the way some other states do, state law still sets out certain requirements for malpractice plaintiffs. The most significant way in which malpractice claims differ from other kinds of personal injury cases is in the so-called “reasonable injury” requirement.
In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes §52-190a, anyone who wants to file suit over cardiology malpractice must collect sufficient evidence to pursue such a claim in good faith and review that evidence with a qualified medical expert. They must then obtain a written statement from that expert confirming the validity of their case and submit this documentation alongside their initial complaint. A New Haven attorney can get in touch with the relevant medical experts in a cardiology malpractice case.
Any mistake by a cardiologist or by a medical professional helping with cardiologic treatment can have especially severe consequences for the patients they are treating. Given the uniquely serious nature of malpractice like this, you should think twice before taking legal action on your own.
Instead, reaching out to a New Haven cardiology malpractice with experience helping plaintiffs like you should be your top priority. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation with a committed member of our legal team.