DID A MEDICAL PROVIDER CAUSE YOU HARM?
Each year hundreds of medical school graduates take the Hippocratic oath – an oath historically taken by physicians, physicians’ assistants and other workers in the medical industry who pledges to provide patients with ethical and honest treatment and care. Despite the best efforts of medical malpractice lawyer or professionals to follow the oath, sometimes mistakes happen, which can cause serious injuries to patients.
If you have been injured due to medical mistakes or negligence, you need to act quickly! Connecticut’s statute of limitations for filing medical malpractice claims expires two years from the date you were injured or the date your injury was discovered. You must file your lawsuit before this time period expires. As soon as you believe that your injury may be the result of medical negligence, you should speak with a reputable attorney to determine if you have cause for filing a lawsuit.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we have the experience needed to provide you with this advice and can carefully guide you through the personal injury litigation process. With offices in Hartford, Bridgeport, New London, Waterbury and New Haven, our lawyers serve families throughout Connecticut.
Medical Malpractice Occurs At All Levels
Unfortunately, medical errors can occur at all levels of the health care field and can be the fault of anyone from the support staff to the specialists taking care of your health. In fact, a wide range of people and entities can be liable for malpractice, including:
- Nursing homes
- Health clinics
- Specialists (such as anesthesiologists)
Considering the vast scope of health care malpractice, it is important to have your claimed looked at by an experienced attorney who can help to determine if you may be eligible for compensation.
The Alarmingly Common Types Of Medical Negligence
An injured patient may be eligible to receive compensation for medicinal and therapeutic expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. Sometimes, however, it is very difficult to determine who was at fault for an error leading to an injury. Understandably, not all injuries are valid grounds for filing a suit.
Before a case can be presented in court, it is necessary to have testimony from an expert health care professional who is able to verify the care provider’s liability and support the testimony with sufficient evidence and related facts.
You may have a medical negligence case if you have suffered pain or financial loss as a result of:
- Anesthesia injuries
- Birth injury
- Blood transfusions
- Brain damage
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Cardiology errors
- Cerebral palsy
- Defective drugs
- Delayed diagnosis
- Dental malpractice
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to adequately treat
- Hospital negligence
- Incorrect anesthesia
- Labor and delivery injuries
- LASIK errors
- Medication errors
- Mental anguish
- Nursing home negligence
- Psychiatric malpractice
- Radiologist errors
- Spinal cord injury
- Surgical malpractice
What Are The Various Forms Of Malpractice?
Prescription Drug Errors
Approximately 1.5 million people are injured by prescription drug errors annually. Prescription errors are one of the more common types of medical malpractice, and often they can prove deadly. Common prescription drug errors include:
- Wrong medication
- Failure to reasonably foresee complications
- Illegible prescriptions
- Wrong dosage
- Defective or dangerous drugs
Doctors and physicians, health care or nursing staff, pharmacists, marketers, and manufacturers of the drugs themselves can all be found liable in prescription drug error claims.
Any medical attention or health care provided by a medical professional during the birthing process that is considered below the acceptable standard of care can be considered medical malpractice. Some common birth injuries include:
- Erb’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Fetal death
Accurately diagnosing a patient’s symptoms is absolutely critical in determining proper treatment. Sometimes, misdiagnosis can occur when a patient’s symptoms are not completely apparent or obvious. Regardless of the situation, a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can prove costly, and sometimes deadly, in potential treatment options. If a patient is not treated properly due to a diagnosis error, the medical professional may be held accountable for further injury. Some common illnesses that are misdiagnosed include:
- Failure to diagnose appendicitis
- Misdiagnosis of diabetes
- Failure to diagnose a stroke
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Misdiagnosis of symptoms that eventually lead to a heart attack
- Failure to recognize a pulmonary embolism
- Failure to recognize meningitis
Unnecessary surgery is usually the result of misdiagnosis. Some of the most common unnecessary surgical procedures include:
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Cesarean section
- Pacemaker implants
The smallest mistake during an operation can result in injury. Common surgical errors include lacerations of an internal organ, uncontrollable blood loss, puncturing of an organ or foreign objects left inside the patient. Symptoms of surgical errors may not be noticeable until months after the procedure. Surgical errors can result in:
- Additional surgeries
- Damage to internal organs
- Immune system failure
- Wrongful death
Seek A Lawyer’s Help For Medical Malpractice Issues
If you believe that you or a loved one has been a victim of medical negligence, it is important to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney by your side. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer have experience in successfully preparing and presenting the facts of many types of medical malpractice claims. This is necessary in order to prove negligence. For immediate assistance with your Connecticut medical malpractice claim, fill out our online contact form. A member of our team will review your case and help guide you on your next course of action. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation to discuss your legal options. Send us an email or call 800-PERKINS.