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Medical mistakes often result in devastating injuries or illnesses for victims. Unfortunately, these types of mistakes are not uncommon across the country or here in Connecticut. At Jacobs & Jacobs, our team is standing by to help if you need a New Haven medical malpractice attorney. We know how complex these cases can become, especially when going up against medical professionals, their employers, and aggressive insurance carriers. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate these cases and help you recover the compensation you need to recover.
It is nearly impossible to handle a medical malpractice case without assistance from an attorney. These claims are incredibly complex and difficult to prove, and a medical malpractice lawyer’s role will be multifaceted. First, an attorney needs to prove that the medical malpractice actually occurred. This will involve calling in expert medical witnesses who can evaluate the client, the medical records, and the care provided by the alleged negligent provider.
A medical malpractice lawyer will be responsible for engaging in negotiations with insurance carriers and legal teams in order to obtain compensation on behalf of their client. However, an attorney will fully prepare to take the medical malpractice lawsuit to trial if necessary to ensure their client is treated fairly.
Data was published a few years ago from researchers at Johns Hopkins University that said medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country. According to this data, around 250,000 people lose their lives each year due to preventable medical errors on the part of health care professionals. Looking at the death rate only gives us part of the overall problem, though, as other studies have shown that millions of people in the country are injured or become ill due to the mistakes made by medical providers.
There are various types of medical errors that can cause harm to patients. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of the ways that medical errors can occur in and around the New Haven area. We want to hear from you if you think that you or a loved one have been harmed due to a mistake made by a medical professional.
There may be various types of compensation available to medical malpractice victims in New Haven, Connecticut. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
Some states in the US place caps on the total amount of compensation a victim can receive in these situations. However, Connecticut has no such limitations in place. The total amount of compensation in these situations will vary based on the specific factors related to each particular medical malpractice claim.
All states have very specific laws regarding deadlines for filing medical malpractice lawsuits. These deadlines are called the statute of limitations. In Connecticut, the standard medical malpractice statute of limitations is two years from the date the alleged malpractice occurred. However, there are various exceptions to this law.
When we look at something called the “discovery rule,’ we can see that the statute of limitations can be extended in situations where a victim could not have reasonably known that they had been the victim of medical malpractice. Under the discovery rule, the statute of limitations will not begin until the date that the malpractice victim reasonably should have discovered their injury or illness caused by a medical mistake. From that point, they have two years to file a lawsuit.
We do need you to be aware that there is something called the statute of repose in Connecticut. In this state, no medical malpractice claim can be filed more than three years after the original malpractice incident, regardless of when a patient discovers they have been harmed due to a medical mistake.
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional in the New Haven area, contact the team at Jacobs & Jacobs as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling complex injury and medical malpractice claims, and we have the resources necessary to take your case all the way to trial if we have to. We are not afraid to stand up to negligent medical providers or their insurance carriers and legal teams. When you need a New Haven medical malpractice attorney, call us at (203) 777-2300.