Medical Malpractice is a serious problem in the United States. While the vast majority of physicians provide excellent care to their patients, statistics on medical malpractice are alarming. A recent study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that as many as 98,000 patients may be killed each year by hospitals alone as a result of medical malpractice. In 1984, Harvard researchers found that 1 % of a representative sample of patients treated in New York State Hospitals were injured and 1/4 of those died, because of medical malpractice. Nationwide, this would have translated into 243,000 injuries and 80,000 deaths in 1988 from negligence in American hospitals. Most of this involves physicians. There has been no clear evidence that there has been a significant improvement since that time.
Any doctor, with any educational background and any type of medical specialty may be capable of committing medical malpractice. If you or a loved one have been injured while under the care of a physician, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.
What is the law in Connecticut in the area of medical malpractice?
Connecticut law provides that in order to pursue a medical malpractice suit, the injured person must prove the requisite standard of care for treatment, that the medical provider deviated from that standard of care and that the medical provider's negligence caused the patient to sustain injuries. Generally, expert testimony is required to establish both the applicable standard of care as well as the breach of that standard by the medical provider.
What should you do if you feel you were the victim of medical malpractice?:
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence of a medical provider such as a doctor, hospital, nurse or nursing home, you should consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible in order to discuss your rights.
Attorney Michael P. Foley, Jr., working in conjunction with another firm, has obtained numerous settlements on behalf of our clients in medical malpractice suits, including a $1 million dollar settlement for the estate of a 43 year old woman who died when a hospital failed to properly diagnose a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Attorney Foley will take into account the circumstances of your case and help you to decide whether to file a medical malpractice claim. Contact us at (203) 250-7212, or fill out our consultation form to set up a personal consultation.