Most doctors and physicians treat each of their patients with the appropriate level of care and attention to address their medical concerns, but those that do not pose a significant risk to the people they provide this negligent care to. Failing to meet the standard of care that is required of healthcare practitioners in Connecticut could mean liability for the resulting harm.

At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, we put our clients’ needs at the forefront of our legal approach. We understand that each case is about more than financial recovery; it’s about your physical and emotional health, your rights, and your future.

When a doctor’s negligence leaves you injured, compensation is often an important part of the complete picture that includes increasing medical bills and missed work.

What is Doctor Negligence?

A doctor’s negligence can look like an endless number of scenarios; there are a myriad of ways that a physician can injure a patient. Common examples of medical malpractice and doctor negligence include:

  • Delayed or missed diagnosis
  • Medication errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Failure to provide necessary care

How Can a Doctor’s Negligence Be Proven?

Before filing a medical malpractice claim, Connecticut requires that a reasonable inquiry into the claim be made. This means that the injured patient must make an effort to determine which standard of care their medical practitioner failed to uphold and show how that failure led to their injury. A written and signed statement from a qualified medical expert is required, in which they must state that there are grounds for a malpractice claim.

Proving medical negligence is challenging, as there are strict requirements, inflexible timeframes, and complex legal standards to consider. The attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, can provide invaluable assistance during this process, including obtaining the expert statement and filing the malpractice claim.

Many cases involving doctor negligence are settled outside of court, but our medical malpractice attorneys are ready to pursue litigation if it’s in your best interest.

Establishing Fault in Cases of Doctor Negligence

A doctor’s negligence, error, or misconduct may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut, but doctors are not the only medical professionals who can be held liable. How do you establish fault in malpractice cases? As the injured party, you have the burden of proof and must establish that the doctor’s actions or inaction caused your injury.

Medical care often involves numerous parties, such as nurses, doctors, and technicians, so identifying the actual negligent individual can be a challenge. To establish fault, you must be able to show that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care, they breached that duty, and their negligence led to your injuries.

Recovering Damages for Doctor Negligence Claims

Connecticut allows injured patients to claim economic and non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are no caps or maximums for these two types of damages in medical malpractice cases in Connecticut.

If you have questions about your injuries or your doctor’s actions that could suggest negligence, contact the attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC. Our clients have trusted us to provide compassionate guidance and aggressive representation for more than 100 combined years. We offer free consultations, so contact us today to schedule your appointment.