Connecticut Doctor & Nurse Negligence
Filing a Doctor or Nurse Malpractice Claim
When we visit the doctor or go to the hospital, we expect to receive a
certain level of care. In fact, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are
required to provide all patients with an acceptable standard of care—but this
doesn’t always happen. When doctors and nurses are negligent, innocent
patients suffer the consequences.
If you believe you or someone you love was the victim of
medical malpractice, reach out to RisCassi & Davis, P.C. right away to learn how we can
help you protect your rights. You could be entitled to financial compensation
for your resulting additional medical bills, lost income, and pain and
suffering, and our Connecticut doctor and nurse negligence lawyers can
fight to maximize your recovery. Since 1955, our highly respected firm
has successfully secured tens of millions of dollars for injured individuals
and the families of those wrongfully killed, including some of the largest
injury settlements and verdicts in Connecticut history.
The first step in your recovery is reaching out to RisCassi & Davis,
P.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call
(860) 245-2412 or
contact us online to get started.
Can You Sue a Doctor for Malpractice?
Doctors are expected to provide a certain acceptable standard of care to
patients. This means listening to and analyzing patients’ symptoms,
conducting or ordering necessary diagnostic tests, informing patients
of their treatment options and the possible risks, and referring patients
to specialists when appropriate, among other things. While the vast majority
of doctors live up to this standard of care, some do not. Regardless of
a doctor’s intent to cause harm, if he or she does not provide you
with an acceptable standard of care and you are injured or harmed as a
result, you could have grounds for a case.
In order to have grounds to bring a negligence case against a doctor, you
must be able to prove all of the following elements:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed between you and the doctor
- The doctor was somehow negligent (note: a poor outcome does not necessarily
- You were injured or suffered some other harm (worsened condition, illness, etc.)
- Your injuries/harm were caused by the doctor’s negligence
- You suffered damages, whether economic or non-economic
It’s important to note that just because a doctor struggles to diagnose
a rare disease or enacts a treatment plan that ultimately does not result
in you being healed, this does not constitute negligence. You must prove
that the doctor somehow failed to uphold the standard of care; usually,
this requires the testimony of expert witnesses.
Additionally, while it is possible to sue the doctor directly for negligence,
in some cases, the doctor’s employer may be legally liable. This
could be the case if a
hospital hired a doctor who had a known history of malpractice or if a medical
facility failed to take any meaningful action to remove a doctor who had
been demonstrably negligent in the past, for example.
What Is Nursing Malpractice?
Just like doctors, nurses are highly skilled medical professionals who
have a duty to provide patients with acceptable standards of care. However,
this does not always happen.
Some examples of nursing malpractice include:
- Misuse of medical equipment
- Medication mistakes
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to act when action is required
- Failure to respond to patient emergencies
- Improper sterilization of medical instruments/tools
- Failure to monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Incorrect entering of patient information into patient’s chart
- Failure to alert doctor of patient’s changing status
These and other examples of nurse negligence are far more common than many
people realize. If you suspect that you or someone you love was the victim
of substandard nursing care, it’s important to contact an experienced
nurse negligence lawyer in Connecticut who can help you determine if you
have grounds for a case. In most cases, nurse negligence claims are brought
not against the nurse him/herself but against the attending doctor, hospital,
urgent care facility, or another employer.
Your Time to File a Claim Is Limited
It’s important that you act quickly if you believe you or a loved
one was the victim of doctor or nurse malpractice in Connecticut, as the
state imposes a two-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice
claims. This means that you only have two years from the date of the incident
that caused the injury/harm to bring your case.
There is a fairly common exception to this statute of limitations, and
that is when the patient does not realize right away that they have been
injured. When the patient discovers the injury at a later date, the statute
of limitations starts on the date on which he or she discovered the injury
or reasonably should have discovered the injury. At that point, the patient
has two years to file a lawsuit.
Contact RisCassi & Davis, P.C. for Trusted Legal Representation
Our firm is committed to providing injured individuals and families throughout
the state with a high level of legal representation and personalized services
tailored to their unique needs. Seven of
our attorneys are Board Certified Civil Trial Law Advocates by the National Board of
Trial Advocacy, a prestigious and distinctive honor held by very few practicing
attorneys. We are ready to use our reputation, our resources, and our
expertise to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Get in touch with our Connecticut doctor and nurse negligence lawyers today
to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation. We offer contingency
fees, so you do not owe anything unless we recover compensation for you.
We are available for evening and weekend appointments upon request and
can travel anywhere in the state of Connecticut to meet with you.
Call our office at
(860) 245-2412 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.