Trusted Shelton Medical Malpractice Attorneys
One of the most frightening statistics in all of the medicine is that “medical errors” are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.,according to Washington Post, exceeding even accidental deaths. This is the conclusion of a study led by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, perhaps the nation’s premier medical school. This distressing figure does not even include non-fatal harm. With these statistics, it is important to find an experienced Shelton medical malpractice lawyer to stand by your side.
Over the years, a great many of our medical malpractice clients have hailed from various neighborhoods in Shelton, CT including Huntington, White Hills, Coram Gardens, and Booth Hill Road. This is unsurprising, of course, since we maintain an office on Corporate Drive. They all needed someone to fight for them against a stubborn and recalcitrant medical establishment.
What to Expect
Health care providers exhibit a strong tendency to “fight to the finish” when presented with medical malpractice claims because, rightly or wrongly, they consider such claims to be attacks upon their reputations. The advantage the defendant enjoys, however, is that the defendant is seldom unable to pay the full amount of the claim.
Although we cannot guarantee specific results in any particular case, our track record proves that we know what we’re doing. The following are some examples of the recoveries obtained by our clients in malpractice cases in Shelton:
- $9,000,000 for a negligent delivery that left our infant client with severe brain damage
- $6,100,000 for an anesthesia error that left our client with permanent paralysis
- $5,250,000 for a medical error that caused a stroke and left our client permanently paralyzed
- $4,850,000 for medical negligence that left our infant client with a serious brain injury
“Couldn’t have found a better law firm. Smart, hard-working and highest ethical standard. Thank you!”
– Oguz Tanrikulu
Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
We handle cases involving all forms of medical malpractice committed by all types of healthcare providers. Our lawyers represent clients in cases against healthcare providers in Shelton and throughout Connecticut involving:
- Anesthesiology malpractice
- OB/GYN and neonatal malpractice
- Cardiology malpractice
- Dental malpractice
- Emergency room negligence
- Family medicine malpractice
- Hospital malpractice
- Nursing malpractice
- Pharmaceutical malpractice
- Psychiatric malpractice
- Radiology malpractice
- Surgical malpractice (including robotic surgery malpractice)
- Other forms of medical malpractice
To find out if you have a malpractice claim, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Berkowitz Hanna. Your initial consultation is completely confidential and risk-free, and we will arrange for you to speak with one of our Shelton medical malpractice lawyers over the phone or at a convenient location as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice can take many different forms. From triage and diagnosis through treatment and surgery, mistakes at all stages of care can have lasting consequences for patients and their families. Our Shelton medical malpractice attorneys represent patients and families in cases involving all forms of medical malpractice, including:
- Delayed diagnosis, improper diagnosis, and failure to diagnose
- Delayed treatment
- Misreading scans and test results
- Failure to adequately explain treatment options
- Failure to provide proper treatment
- Prescription medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Inadequate patient monitoring or follow-up
- Failure to consider allergies or patient characteristics
- Rushing patient visits and overlooking signs and symptoms of medical conditions
This list is not exhaustive. If you have any concerns about the quality of medical care you or a loved one received in Shelton, you should promptly speak with a medical malpractice lawyer. With extensive experience representing patients and families, our Shelton medical malpractice lawyers will thoroughly assess your legal rights during your free initial consultation, and we will help you make informed decisions about what to do next.
What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice?
The statute of limitations is the deadline by which you must file a lawsuit or forever sacrifice your claim. The Connecticut medical malpractice statute of limitations is:
- Two years after the date of the injury; or
- Two years after the injury was discovered or should have been discovered. For example, you might not know immediately if a doctor left a medical instrument inside your body after surgery; or
- Within three years of the act or omission that led to the injury (failure to diagnose a dangerous condition, for example).
Loopholes apply under limited circumstances. In any case, consult with your attorney, because calculating these deadlines can be tricky.
Do I need another doctor on my side to win a malpractice case?
Yes, for all practical purposes you do. Another doctor is needed to qualify as an expert witness to testify that your healthcare provider failed to meet the applicable standard of care when treating you. We can help you locate an expert witness.
What is a ‘never’ event?
A “never” event is an event that should never happen during medical treatment, such as:
- Accidentally leaving sponge or surgical instrument inside the patient’s body after surgery
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Medication error leading to death
Obviously, it is much easier to win a malpractice claim if you can prove that a “never” event occurred.
Does a negative medical outcome establish medical malpractice?
Not necessarily. In some cases, the outcome may have been unavoidable while in other cases, the doctor’s mistake was minor or caused no serious harm. Malpractice occurs when your healthcare provider fails to meet a certain high standard of care.
Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?
There are many different forms of medical malpractice. From emergency diagnosis through recovery, health care providers can – and do – make mistakes during all phases of care.
While not all mistakes in the health care setting constitute medical malpractice, many do. When you contact us, one of our Shelton medical malpractice lawyers will thoroughly review your case to determine if you have a claim for just compensation. It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim. If you do have a claim, you won’t pay anything unless we help you secure a financial recovery.
Our Shelton medical malpractice attorneys have decades of combined experience helping patients and families in Connecticut recover their losses. If you have concerns about any of the following, we encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys about your legal rights:
- Untimely diagnosis
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Medication error
- Treatment error
- Surgical error
- Failure to monitor post-treatment
- Hospital administration error (i.e., medical record mix-up)
Understanding Your Claim for Medical Malpractice
If you are like most of our clients, you never expected to be thinking about medical malpractice. As a result, now that you are thinking about medical malpractice, you don’t know what to expect, and you don’t know what to do. We understand this, and we want to make sure you have the information you need to feel confident going forward.
With this in mind, here are five important facts for you to know:
1. If You or a Loved One Has Been Harmed By Malpractice, You Should File a Claim.
If you have a medical malpractice claim, this means your health care provider made a serious mistake that fell below the requisite standard of care. You do not deserve to bear the costs of this mistake, and you can recover these costs by filing a successful claim.
2. Health Care Providers Buy Insurance to Cover Medical Malpractice Claims.
In almost all cases, filing a medical malpractice claim means seeking payment from the health care provider’s insurance company. Providers buy insurance to cover themselves just in case they make mistakes that rise to the level of medical malpractice.
3. The Costs of Medical Mistakes Can Be Substantial.
The costs of medical mistakes can far exceed what most patients and families can afford. These costs include financial costs such as medical bills and lost earnings and non-financial costs such as pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
4. Most Medical Malpractice Claims Settle Without Going to Court.
While going to court is a possibility, most medical malpractice claims settle well before trial. We will work to secure a favorable settlement on your behalf as efficiently as possible.
5. You Can Hire a Shelton Medical Malpractice Lawyer at No Out-of-Pocket Cost.
As we mentioned above, if you choose our firm to represent you, you won’t pay anything unless you receive financial compensation. This is known as “contingency fee” representation. We do not charge any fees or costs while your case is pending, and we do not charge anything at all unless we secure just compensation for you and your family.
You Pay Nothing Until You Win
You may have heard horror stories about lawyers and their “billable hours.” At Berkowitz Hanna, we don’t use a billable hour system for our medical malpractice clients. Instead, we operate on a contingency basis. Your bill is calculated as a percentage of the amount you receive — and if you receive nothing, you owe nothing. Your bill won’t come due until your money arrives. An experienced Shelton Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Speak with a skilled Shelton medical malpractice attorney today! When it comes to the technical issues that are likely to be presented in just about any medical malpractice claim in Shelton, you need a professional in your corner. Admissible evidence must be assembled, expert witnesses must be contacted and, above all, you must be able to prove every penny of the damages you are claiming.
Now is the time for bold, decisive action. Contact Berkowitz Hanna today to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation with one of our proven Shelton Personal Injury and medical malpractice attorneys. Call 866-479-7909 or contact us online to get started.