Every year, thousands of patients undergo necessary and life-saving surgeries. No patient should have to worry about a negative health outcome – or losing a loved one – because of a surgeon or surgical center’s malpractice. Unfortunately, not all surgeons and other health care providers are reasonable, prudent or careful while administering patient care. If you believe you are the victim of a preventable surgical error, contact the Hartford medical malpractice lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP today. Call (617) 391-9001 now for your free consultation.
A surgical complication or poor patient outcome does not necessarily mean the patient is a victim of medical malpractice. To have grounds for a lawsuit against a surgeon or surgical center, the incident must meet Connecticut’s statutory definition of this tort. Medical malpractice is the negligent, careless or intentional breach of a health care entity’s duty of care to a patient, resulting in damages to that patient. Any action, behavior or omission by a health care provider during a patient’s care and/or surgery, resulting in harm to the patient, could constitute medical malpractice.
Every practitioner in the operating room owes a duty of care to the patient undergoing surgery. All surgeons, surgical staff members, nurses, anesthesiologists and assistants must fulfill their duties and provide a reasonable level of care. If they fail to fulfill their duties and the patient suffers an injury because of this negligence, the patient could have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.
Many different preventable mistakes or acts of negligence could lead to liability for a patient’s negative outcome placed on the physician, surgeon and/or hospital at fault. If you or a loved one suffered an injury during an operation in Hartford or discovered health complications related to malpractice during a previous surgery, please contact Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP right away for a free consultation.
As a patient who might have experienced medical malpractice, you have the right to hire an attorney and pursue financial compensation from the party or parties at fault for causing your injuries. You must act to bring your claim to the civil courts in your county within two years. If you miss this statute of limitations, you will lose your right to demand compensation. Many medical malpractice suits settle through insurance claim negotiations without going to trial. Retaining a lawyer with trial propensities, however, can prepare your case for anything.
Holding one or more parties liable for your surgical error or a loved one’s related death could change things for the better in your community. It could push for institutional changes in Hartford that make health care safer for future patients. A successful lawsuit could also pay you for damages you suffered due to a surgical mistake, such as injuries, medical costs, disabilities, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Find out whether you have grounds to bring a medical malpractice suit against one or more parties in Hartford today. Contact us online or call (617) 391-9001 to request a free consultation.