One of the many tasks a physician must complete to administer proper patient care is making reasonably accurate and prompt diagnoses. Diagnosing a patient is an important part of the medical process. Without a correct and timely diagnosis, the patient could fail to receive the treatments he or she needs to recover or survive a serious illness. At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, our lawyers represent patients with injuries or harm due to negligent misdiagnoses. Find out if you have a case today by calling (617) 391-9001. We offer free medical malpractice consultations in Hartford.
It is not enough to have proof that a physician in Hartford misdiagnosed you, failed to diagnose your condition or unnecessarily delayed your diagnosis. You or your lawyer must also demonstrate that another physician in the same position and circumstances would not have made the same mistake. A medical malpractice claim in Connecticut requires the plaintiff to prove through a preponderance of evidence that the defendant more likely than not was negligent in fulfilling his or her duties of care and that this is what caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
The lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP can review your case to help you determine whether you are the victim of medical malpractice. We will look for signs of malpractice such as your doctor skipping steps in the accepted diagnostic procedure, misinterpreting your test results, failing to refer you to a specialist, ignoring your complaints, failing to treat you and failing to follow up with you. If we find evidence that your doctor did not fulfill the medical industry’s standards of patient care and failed to properly diagnose you as a result, we can help you file a malpractice claim in Hartford County.
Connecticut’s medical malpractice laws require patients to file lawsuits within at least two years. In most cases, the clock starts running on the date you discovered or reasonably should have discovered your injury or its connection to medical malpractice. The statute of repose is three years, meaning regardless of when you discover your injuries, you have a maximum of three years to file.
Before you can file your lawsuit, you must file a reasonable inquiry certificate. This document declares that you or your lawyer made a reasonable inquiry and has a good faith belief that negligence occurred. A qualified medical expert must review your case and sign the inquiry certificate. You must then file this document alongside your initial complaint, in most cases. If the courts accept your case and your lawyer succeeds in proving it, you could receive compensation for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact a lawyer from Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP right away if you think you or someone you love is the victim of misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include cancer, heart attacks, Lyme disease, stroke and fibromyalgia. A diagnosis mistake during a serious illness or condition could prove fatal for the patient. If a misdiagnosis adversely affected your health, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Learn more today during a free consultation with our lawyers in Hartford. Call (617) 391-9001 to schedule yours.