Westport Medical Malpractice Attorneys Assist Injured Patients
Experienced trial lawyers pursue the full compensation you deserve
With an average of more than 500 claims per year and typical recoveries of over $700,000, medical malpractice cases are widespread in Connecticut. If you have been injured by the negligence of a doctor or other health care professional in Westport or anywhere in the state you can trust the seasoned attorneys at MeehanLaw, LLC to build a compelling case for appropriate compensation. We provide personalized service throughout the process as we work tirelessly to deliver positive results.
Common examples of medical malpractice in Connecticut
Our personal injury attorneys will seek the compensation you deserve for malpractice stemming from:
- Medical errors — A misdiagnosis of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart disease, allows the disease to progress. Failure to order the proper tests or to read the results correctly also puts a patient at serious risk.
- Anesthesia errors — Too much anesthesia can cause brain injury due to hypoxia or anoxia, while too little can allow a patient to awaken in the middle of surgery.
- Surgical errors — Incision errors, wrong-site surgery, performing the wrong procedure, leaving objects in the surgical site and unsanitary conditions leading to postoperative infection are preventable mistakes that can cause unnecessary and often deadly harm to patients.
- Medication errors — Mistakes include prescribing and dispensing the wrong drugs or the wrong dosage and failing to check for deadly drug interactions.
- Emergency room errors — Negligent care during an emergency includes making a patient wait too long to be seen, failing to take a patient history, failing to order appropriate tests, and discharging a patient who should be kept under care.
- Dental nerve injuries — Extractions or the placement of implants can lead to nerve injuries that are numbing and sometimes painful.
- Failed dental reconstruction — Overzealous or poorly trained dentists sometimes engage in complex dental restorations or reconstruction without the requisite training or preparation leading to failure of crowns and bridges.
Injuries arising from medical or dental negligence can be permanent and severe, including birth injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, loss of limbs, disability, chronic pain and wrongful death. We will seek compensation that fully addresses the harm you or a loved one has suffered.
Establishing a case for medical malpractice in Westport, CT
Medical malpractice law requires plaintiffs to prove four basic elements:
- Duty — In a doctor-patient relationship, the doctor has a duty to deliver care that meets a professional standard, which is defined by what level of conduct would expected of a physician in the same or similar specialty under the circumstances.
- Breach — No one expects healthcare providers to be perfect, but when they commit errors that a well-trained professional would not make, they have breached their duty of care.
- Causation — It is not enough to prove that a healthcare provider made a mistake, even one that shows negligence. A plaintiff must also prove that the mistake directly caused their injury. Since causation in medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, this is another area where lawyers call experts to testify.
- Damages — The plaintiff must demonstrate that harm resulted from the provider’s negligence and ask for monetary compensation for that harm, known as damages. Medical malpractice claims may seek economic damages, such as medical bills, lost income, expenses related to the injury and future foreseeable losses. Plaintiffs may also seek noneconomic damages, such as physical pain and mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of quality of life. These are difficult to quantify and often rely on testimony from medical and financial experts as well as relatives and friends who knew the plaintiff before the injury. Connecticut places no caps on noneconomic damages.
Connecticut limits the time a medical malpractice suit can be filed to two years from the date the injury is sustained or discovered, or should have been discovered with the exercise of reasonable care. There is also a statute of repose, which places a strict three-year limit on suits, running from the date of the 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 a trustworthy medical malpractice lawyer in Westport for a free consultation
MeehanLaw, LLC represents Westport residents in medical malpractice cases. For trustworthy and determined representation, call 203-916-1743 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Westport office.