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Bridgeport Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fight for Patients

Effective advocates pursue full compensation for negligent healthcare

When you place yourself in the care of a doctor or hospital, you have a right to expect a professional standard of care. When healthcare providers fall short and their errors cause harm, injured patients deserve to seek compensation. For more than 50 years, MeehanLaw, LLC has fought for injured patients in Bridgeport, holding negligent healthcare providers accountable. If you’ve been harmed due to substandard medical care, we’re here to help. We provide personal attention to every detail of your case and staunch advocacy focused on the results you deserve.

Medical malpractice in Connecticut

Medical malpractice is such a widespread problem that researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have concluded that medical mistakes are the third largest cause of death in the United States. Connecticut is not immune. According to a 2019 report by the Connecticut Insurance Department, there were 2,792 total medical malpractice claims settled in the state from 2014 to 2018. The average payment to a successful plaintiff was $703,815.

We handle a range of malpractice claims for damages resulting from:

  • Birth injuries
  • Misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses
  • Surgical errors
  • Post-operative infection
  • Failure to order diagnostic tests
  • Misreading results of diagnostic tests
  • Medication errors
  • Anesthesia errors

Malpractice can cause severe suffering and lasting, irreversible harm to patients. Chronic pain, loss of bodily functions, loss of limbs, disfiguring scars and even wrongful death are common. We are committed to pursuing compensation that is full and fair.

Establishing medical malpractice in Connecticut

A patient who claims to be a victim of medical malpractice must prove four essential legal elements:

  • Duty — In most personal injury cases, a plaintiff must show that a defendant had a duty of reasonable care. But the doctor-patient relationship imposes a professional duty of care, which is higher. To meet this element, the plaintiff simply has to show he or she was in the care of the healthcare provider.
  • Breach — This element can be more difficult to prove and requires expert testimony about standards of care. Essentially, the plaintiff must show not only that the defendant provider made a mistake but also that it was the type of mistake that a competent practitioner would not have made, indicating a substandard level of care.
  • Causation — It is not enough to show that a provider made a mistake and the patient had a bad outcome. There must be a causal link between the two — that is, the mistake directly caused the specific harm the patient is suing over. Expert testimony is often needed to establish causation.
  • Damages — An injured patient is entitled to recover for all economic and noneconomic losses. Economic losses include medical bills, lost income and benefits from missed work, and any other expenses related to the injury. Noneconomic damages are real but intangible losses, such as physical pain, mental suffering, loss of quality of life, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium. Connecticut does not impose caps on the amount of pain and suffering damages.

Building a case for medical or dental malpractice is complex, so you should only trust your claim to an experienced attorney with a track record of success. This is what you’ll find at MeehanLaw in Bridgeport.

Connecticut limitations periods for medical malpractice suits

Connecticut’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice requires a victim to file suit within two years from the date an injury is sustained or discovered, or should have been discovered with the exercise of reasonable care. A separate statute of repose imposes a hard and fast three-year limit on suits, running from the date of the original act or omission. However, the time limits can be tolled (i.e. suspended) if a physician breaches his or her continuing duty to warn the patient of any act of malpractice and its potential consequences. In some cases if there is continuing treatment it can extend the statute of limitations.

Contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Bridgeport for a free consultation

MeehanLaw, LLC represents Bridgeport residents in a wide variety of medical malpractice cases. To get trustworthy advice and aggressive representation, call 203-916-1743 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Bridgeport office.

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  • Bridgeport Office
    76 Lyon Terrace
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
    Phone: 203-333-1888
    Fax: 203-331-0107
  • Westport Office
    29 East Main Street
    Westport, Connecticut 06880
    Phone: 203-635-4688