Watertown Medical Malpractice ATTorneys
Helping Victims of Medical Malpractice Across Connecticut
We all expect our doctors, dentists, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners to follow established standards of care in order to keep their patients safe. We go into a doctor’s office or hospital with a reasonable belief that they will practice effective medicine; that we will be protected from further harm and, ultimately, healed. When doctors don’t follow those standards, lives can be changed forever. The medical malpractice attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC have been helping victims of harmful care rebuild their lives for more than 30 years.
Medical malpractice deeply affects your life. If you or a loved one has experienced a medical mistake, contact our Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys today for your free, confidential, consultation to help you understand your legal options. We represent you on a contingency fee basis, meaning if we don’t recover compensation on your behalf, you owe us nothing—no fees and no costs.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
The potential for malpractice is great and D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC covers a wide range of areas in protecting our clients. They include:
Cancer Misdiagnosis. A cancer misdiagnosis robs you of the ability to receive potentially life-saving treatment during the earliest stages of the disease when it is most treatable.
Surgical Errors. There is risk inherent in any surgery, but there is also an expectation that medical professionals follow correct procedures and uphold the established standards of care in all surgeries.
Heart Attack Misdiagnosis. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States. Tragically, a significant number of those heart attacks would not have been fatal but for a doctor’s misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose the condition in a timely manner.
Suicide Malpractice. There are few medical events more stigmatized or with more popular misconceptions than suicide. Perhaps the most prevalent myth is that many or most people who have attempted suicide or expressed suicidal ideation are “destined” to commit suicide and nothing and no one can prevent it from happening.
Medication Errors. Among the most critical responsibilities for medical professionals is ensuring patients receive the correct medication. Unfortunately, medication errors are far too common, and when mistakes are made in dispensing or administering medication, lives can be changed forever.
Birth Injury. When a baby is born healthy, the possibilities are unlimited. However, a child who suffers a birth injury may be saddled with a lifetime of disability and serious challenges.
Anesthesia Errors. Many serious injuries result from complications involving anesthesia. That’s why it’s critical that medical professionals carefully monitor patients.
Emergency Room. Doctors, nurses, and other emergency room staff are expected to ask the right questions, order the right tests, and pay attention to the symptoms that will help them make a correct diagnosis. When they don’t follow standards of care, patients can have serious or even fatal complications.
Hospital Negligence. When you go to the hospital, you have a reasonable expectation that you will receive quality care. Unfortunately, too many patients are injured in hospital settings when the standard of care is not met.
Stroke Misdiagnosis. Because strokes are caused by insufficient blood supply to the brain, early intervention is critical. People who are not diagnosed and treated in a timely way may be left with permanent brain damage or worse.
Nurse Malpractice. Nurses have an obligation and a duty to provide proper care and attention to their patients, and most meet that standard of care admirably. But when a nurse fails to meet the standard of care, serious injuries can follow.
Dental Malpractice. Dentistry isn’t just cosmetic; it’s a critical part of overall health. When dentists and dental hygienists don’t follow established standards of care, patients can be seriously injured.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Because Connecticut state law places strict time limits on those seeking medical malpractice damages, you need to act quickly if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice. First and foremost, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. In addition to understanding state law surrounding these issues, a Connecticut attorney will investigate acquiring a good faith opinion letter, which must take place before any medical malpractice lawsuit can proceed, and help determine if your case meets the necessary requirements to file a medical malpractice suit.
Here are the basic steps to follow if you believe medical malpractice has occurred:
Contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Medical malpractice claims are too complicated to be pursued without an experienced lawyer.
Here are some of the steps that the lawyer will follow:
- Get copies of your medical records. These records are critical to winning a medical malpractice case. They document the key points of your care. You absolutely have the right to these records and your lawyer will make the request.
- Inform the parties involved. Your lawyer will notify any insurance companies and medical providers that you are investigating a potential lawsuit. Early notification is important to be sure that evidence is preserved.
- Obtain a good faith opinion letter. Before any medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed in Connecticut, there must be an opinion from a similarly trained healthcare provider that medical negligence occurred. Your lawyer will communicate with similarly trained healthcare providers to determine if there is a good faith basis to file a lawsuit.
- File a malpractice complaint. If there is a good faith basis to file a medical malpractice lawsuit based on consultation with similarly trained healthcare providers, then a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed by your lawyer.
If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact our malpractice attorneys now for a Free Remote Consultation.
Proving Medical Malpractice
Legally, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to meet the standard of care either through action or omission, resulting in the injury or death of a patient. While that’s a broad definition, there are four key elements that must be present in a malpractice suit to prove that malpractice occurred:
- A duty was owed. A legal duty exists when a healthcare provider or professional undertakes care or treatment of a patient.
- That duty was breached. The provider deviated from generally accepted standards of care in their field.
- That breach led to injury. Failure to meet the accepted standard of care led to an injury.
- Substantial damages were incurred. That breach of duty caused significant harm. Although Connecticut law does not mandate that a certain degree of harm occur, due to the substantial costs of litigation, a medical malpractice claim would not be practical in the absence of substantial harm.
If all of these elements are not in place, a medical malpractice suit cannot go forward. Simply determining whether malpractice has occurred can be a complex process, so you should have an experienced malpractice attorney guide you through it.
How Much is the Average Medical Malpractice Settlement?
Unlike some other states, Connecticut places no cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded in a medical malpractice case, so there really is no “average.” That lack of a hard cap means that, if your attorney can successfully prove that acceptable standards of care were not met and harm resulted, they can fight for a fair award. In that case, you could be compensated for the loss of future earnings; pain, suffering, and mental anguish; and future medical and other expenses related to your care.
At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, we know how to win medical malpractice cases for our clients. Here are just a few examples:
-$3.35 million award for anesthesia negligence involving brain damage caused to an elderly man.
-$2.7 million surgical malpractice award on behalf of a 62-year-old woman for injuries sustained due to surgical malpractice.
-$1.9 million award on behalf of a 58-year-old man for emergency room negligence.
What You Can Expect From D’Amico and Pettinicchi
Medical malpractice cases are exceptionally complex, requiring consideration of both medical standards and relevant state laws to successfully resolve. We’ve focused on medical malpractice since 1990 and can help you navigate a legal path forward, allowing you to focus on putting your life back together.
When you call us, we’ll listen closely to your concerns. When you explain what happened, we’ll give you clear, honest answers about your legal rights and options. Our initial conversation is free, completely confidential, and there’s no obligation.
We’ll also launch a thorough investigation to determine what happened and what medical standards applied. Our thorough investigation and preparation toward trial often leads to a negotiated settlement. If a negotiated settlement is not reached, we’ll be ready to go to trial, including preparing our arguments and honing our strategies in our simulated courtroom.
Throughout the process, we’ll be your committed and dedicated legal resource while you focus on getting better.
If you or someone you love is a victim of medical malpractice, you need to take immediate action so we can start our investigation. It’s not just a legal matter; it’s about helping you rebuild your life in the wake of tragedy, injury, or illness.
Our office is centrally located in Watertown and we offer legal counsel to malpractice victims and their families throughout Connecticut. Contact us online or call us at 860.485.7960 to schedule a free consultation.
Medical Malpractice FAQs
What is the statute of limitations on medical malpractice in Connecticut?
It is generally two years from the date of injury, but there are exceptions. There is a one-year notification period for a state institution or medical provider. In some cases involving municipalities, there is a quick notice requirement that can be as short as 90 days.
How long does a malpractice suit in CT typically take?
Most medical malpractice cases take about 2 to 5 years.
What can I be compensated for in a medical malpractice suit?
You can be compensated for loss of future earnings; pain, suffering, and mental anguish; and future medical and other expenses related to your care. In cases involving death, funeral expenses, conscious pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, are recoverable elements of damages.
Is there a maximum award I can receive?
Unlike some other states, Connecticut places no cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
How much does it cost to file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
D’Amico & Pettinicchi will represent you on a contingency fee basis, meaning if we don’t recover compensation on your behalf, you owe us nothing—no fees and no costs.