A large volume of cases at Stratton Faxon involve medical malpractice claims, which are always investigated by our full-time, on-staff medical professionals. Medical malpractice is a broad term used to describe any treatment, lack of treatment, or other departure from accepted medical standards that results in injury or death to a patient. Generally speaking, a medical malpractice claim may be made against anyone who provides medical or health care to a patient, including physicians, registered nurses, hospitals, dentists, nursing homes and pharmacists.
There are various types of medical malpractice claims and many involve mistakes or recklessness demonstrated during a medical procedure or patient’s surgery. Other examples of medical malpractice include: failing to diagnose a disease; failing to prescribe proper medication; failing to inform a patient of available treatments and/or continuing a medical treatment that has been shown to be ineffective. Regardless of where and how medical malpractice occurred, a claimant must usually satisfy the following criteria:
- the health care provider owed a duty to the patient
- the health care provider breached that duty
- the patient suffered an injury
- the patient suffered damages to his/her person and/or economically
If a breach is established but resulted in no harm to the patient, a claimant generally has no right to recovery. Likewise, not every poor result can be blamed on medical malpractice. However, one usually develops a "gut feeling" when something goes wrong and if you sense you could have been a victim of medical malpractice, you should contact us for an evaluation of your case.
We will look into your matter and determine if you have a case. This process typically involves obtaining and reviewing past medical records and other pertinent information leading up to the claim. Keep in mind that claims for medical malpractice require a considerable amount of time to conduct an appropriate medical and legal investigation and statutes do apply.
Your health is one of your top priorities. Make sure you choose a doctor that feels the same way. Check his/her Physician Profile for background information and more on the Connecticut Department of Public Health's website. You can also access the most recent Adverse Event Report, distributed by the FDA.
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