Experienced Legal Representation for Mistreated Patients in Norwalk, CT
Whenever any of us visits a medical clinic or the Emergency Room, it’s with the expectation that we’ll be promptly treated, made better, and sent home healthy. And more often than not, that’s exactly what happens.
But there’s always the risk that the doctors will be hasty, distracted, tired, or otherwise unwise. When professionals err, the cost for those of us in their care can be steep.
Consider this: According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Stated differently, only heart disease and cancer claim more lives than malpractice.
Too often, these cases stay off the radar. The media will frequently parrot complaints about medical malpractice lawsuits as “frivolous,” despite the very real devastation that so many patients endure.
Meanwhile, hospitals, physician groups, and insurance companies rush to settle. Indeed, experts estimate that medical malpractice settlements totaled $3 billion in the United States during 2012 – an average of one payout every 43 minutes!
Those settlements are often to the patients’ benefit, though. When possible, settlement can spare the patient-plaintiff from significant time, money, and distress.
As Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers, we are responsible for producing the best possible outcome for our patients. In most cases, we’ve been able to secure substantially fair and favorable settlements for the people who we represent without having to drag the matter through the rigors of a formal trial.
That said, we are always 100 percent ready and willing to take our clients’ cases to court if that’s what true justice requires. Our lone goal is to put you and your loved ones in the best position available.
When you hire a Norwalk medical malpractice attorney at Berkowitz Hanna, you can rest assured, knowing that a competent and experienced legal professional is passionately fighting for every penny that you deserve.
Who Do I Sue for Medical Malpractice?
As you might have guessed, the most common defendants in medical malpractice actions are physicians. You might be surprised to learn, though, that many other people and businesses can become parties in a medical malpractice lawsuit, too.
The law protects the rights of an injured patient to recover financially from nearly any party responsible for causing him or her harm. Common defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Family doctors
- Specialist doctors
- Plastic surgeons
- Physician assistants
- Hospital staff & administrators
- Emergency responders
- Nursing home staff & administrators
- Insurance companies
In addition to these, most medical professionals can be held liable for treating patients carelessly or irresponsibly. An experienced Norwalk medical malpractice attorney can help you determine the parties relevant to your claim.
How Do I Know if the Defendant Committed Malpractice?
Malpractice isn’t always easy to define, but it generally refers to a medical professional’s failure to uphold an appropriate standard of care. It arises in a number of scenarios, and as Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers, part of our job is to help judges and juries understand how your experience transpired as a result of medical negligence.
Common examples of medical malpractice in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut include:
- Failure to diagnose cancer, strokes, or heart attacks
- Mistakes when interpreting x-rays, lab work, test results, etc.
- Anesthesia errors
- Mistakes involving medication / prescription drugs
- Operating on the wrong part of the body (or on the wrong patient)
- Leaving foreign objects inside the body
- Birth injuries
- Misdiagnoses / failures to diagnose
- Nursing home neglect and/or abuse
- Failure to adequately monitor a patient’s condition
- Wrongful death
- Much more
Get in Touch with a Norwalk Medical Malpractice Attorney Right Away
The sooner you take action to protect your rights, the better. Litigation takes time, and you can count on the other side to be aggressive from Day One. That’s why we want to get started on your side as soon as possible.
There is no charge and no obligation for an initial consultation with our lawyers. And if we take your case, we won’t charge you unless and until we’ve recovered money for your claim. Our goal is always to maximize the monetary compensation that our clients receive, and we’ll fight tirelessly toward that very goal.
You deserve a lawyer who cares about you and respects you. We pledge to treat you and your case with the time, attention, and aggressive passion that it deserves. Contact a Norwalk medical malpractice attorney in our office and ask for a free consultation today.