Experienced New Haven Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Hospitals, doctor’s offices, outpatient clinics, urgent care facilities: These are the places that we turn to for healing. When you become ill, injured, or scared for your wellbeing, you put your trust in the hands of health professionals, who stand among the most important and well-educated people in society.
The law recognizes the importance of that trust, as does the medical profession itself. But what happens when hospitals, nurses, doctors, and other medical experts make costly, devastating mistakes?
That happens more often than you might realize. In fact, it is estimated that more than 100,000 Americans die because of a preventable medical error every single year.
If you’ve ever wondered why medical malpractice litigation seems so prevalent, consider that astounding statistic. Doctors and hospitals make mistakes with frightening regularity.
Those errors don’t happen because doctors are bad people. Rather, they are usually the result of carelessness – being too busy, not paying attention, failing to think a delicate medical situation all the way through. But doctors have a crucial responsibility to exercise due care when tending to their patients’ needs.
The risks are simply too high. A single, simple mistake can have a catastrophic impact on a patient’s life. Wrongful death isn’t uncommon.
Unfortunately, despite evidence of widespread medical negligence in America, state legislatures across the country have made it increasingly difficult to pursue medical malpractice claims in court. That’s even true here in Connecticut. It is so important, then, that malpractice victims enlist the aid of an experienced legal representative.
When innocent patients or their family members suffer because of a doctor’s carelessness, an experienced New Haven medical malpractice attorney in our office can help them get the justice that they deserve.
Our job is to passionately advance our clients’ very best interests and to maximize the value of the financial compensation that they ultimately recover. We’ve done that for countless Connecticut families, and if you’re in need of a lawyer’s assistance, we’d like to do it for you too. Please contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC right away.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined as a medical professional’s deviation from the standard of care in his or her profession.
A patient can sue for medical malpractice when he or she suffers some form of loss or harm (i.e., damages) as a result of that deviation.
Family members of patients, likewise, can sue if their loved one dies as a result of the deviation. These cases are especially complicated because they involve claims for both medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Medical negligence can occur in a variety of scenarios, and the courts recognize a range of hardships when awarding damages to patients and their families. Examples of medical malpractice in Connecticut might include:
- Performing surgery at the wrong site
- Misdiagnosing a condition
- Failure to provide adequate treatment, leading to a worsened condition
- Failure to provide adequate notice of possible dangers
- Misreading charts, x-rays, medical test results, etc.
- Prescribing medications despite contraindications
- Discharging a patient who still needs care
- Failure to take a patient’s comprehensive health history into account
- Rushing through examinations, leading to error
- Allowing unqualified personnel to examine or operate on a patient
- Much more
These are only a few of the many ways in which medical malpractice might unfold. Whatever situation you might be facing, an experienced New Haven medical malpractice attorney in our office can help. Trying to understand your rights can be frustrating, but we’re here to assist you in determining whether you might have a case. Call us today.
Contact a New Haven, CT Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
Have you suffered because your hospital or doctor made a mistake? Do you suspect that you might be entitled to compensation? Don’t take the hospital’s word for it! And don’t enter into any settlement agreements with an insurance company until you’ve at least gotten a lawyer’s point of view.
Berkowitz and Hanna LLC is here for you and your family. We are proud to offer free case reviews to patients throughout Connecticut. And, if we can help you move forward with legal action, we won’t charge you for our services unless we recover compensation for your claim.
To get started, or to simply get answers to some of your questions, call our office and talk with a New Haven medical malpractice attorney today.