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Medical Malpractice

Connecticut Attorneys Representing Injured Patients

Doctors undergo years of education and training so that they can provide their patients with competent and thorough care. Even the most thoroughly prepared doctors can make mistakes, though, and physicians’ errors often cause their patients to suffer devastating harm. Fortunately, Connecticut law affords people injured by medical negligence with the right to pursue damages for their losses. If you or someone you love sustained injuries due to a medical provider's reckless acts, you should consult a lawyer regarding your possible claims. The dedicated Plainville and Bristol medical malpractice lawyers of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, have ample experience helping people hurt by incompetent medical professionals seek compensation for their harm, and we can assist you in pursuing the best legal result available. We have over fifty years of mutual experience helping injured parties seek justice, and if you hire us, we will fight tirelessly on your behalf.

Examples of Medical Malpractice

When people hear the phrase medical malpractice, they often think of botched surgeries, but many behaviors may give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Surgical errors are one example and can occur when a doctor operates on the wrong part of a person’s body or when a doctor punctures or lacerates an organ or tissue during the surgery. Harm can also be caused by improperly prescribed or administered medication. Patients can also suffer adverse health effects when their doctors fail to provide them with a proper diagnosis in a timely manner or neglect to prescribe appropriate treatment for a known diagnosis. A doctor may also be liable for the failure to obtain informed consent if the doctor does not thoroughly advise a patient of the potential side effects of surgery or medication before allowing him or her to undergo the treatment. Patients who have experienced any of the above examples at the hands of their doctors should contact medical malpractice lawyers in Plainville and Bristol as soon as possible.

Elements of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

People who suffer injuries because of careless medical providers may be able to recover damages from the providers in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Under Connecticut law, such actions can be instituted against doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, physical therapists, and other licensed providers. It is important to note that, in most cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of when the injury occurs, or from the date when the damage is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. Regardless of whether the discovery of an injury is delayed, the case must usually be filed within three years of when the harmful act occurred, unless the injured party can establish the statute of limitations should be tolled.

A person that wishes to recover damages in a medical malpractice case typically must first show that the defendant committed negligence. Hiring a medical malpractice attorney in Plainville and Bristol can make this process easier. To prove medical negligence, a person has to demonstrate that the defendant provider had a duty to provide treatment that comported with the prevailing standard of care and that the defendant breached this duty by deviating from the standard. The standard of care that applies is the degree of skill, treatment, and care that would be recognized as appropriate and acceptable by reasonably prudent health care providers practicing in the same area under similar circumstances.

The injured party will likely need a medical expert to offer testimony explaining the standard and the manner in which the defendant breached the standard. Usually, a person must possess adequate experience, training, and knowledge of the relevant practice area to be considered an expert. The injured person must not only produce evidence sufficient to establish a duty and breach but also to demonstrate that the breach caused the person to suffer harm. A person who successfully proves a provider's liability may be awarded damages to compensate for the financial, physical, and emotional losses caused by the defendant’s acts.

Confer With a Skillful Medical Malpractice Attorney

Doctors that are reckless in the performance of their duties can cause severe trauma, and people harmed by medical negligence are often able to recover damages. If you suffered harm because of a careless healthcare provider, the skillful Plainville and Bristol medical malpractice attorneys of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, can advise you of your options and help you pursue the full amount of compensation recoverable under the law. Our office is located in Plainville, and we regularly represent parties in medical malpractice cases in Bristol and Plainville, as well as in other cities in Connecticut, like Hartford, Farmington, Southington, and New Britain. You can contact us via our form online or at (860) 351-5254 to set up a free and confidential meeting.

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