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Our Lawyers Answer Your Medical Malpractice FAQs

We respond to your questions about medical mistakes by Connecticut hospitals and medical professionals

The Pickel Law Firm, LLC was established to help patients like you who have suffered injuries because of negligent doctors and hospitals. Our team applies our more than 65 years of combined experience to educate you about your rights so you can make well-informed decisions about your case. Our goal is to maximize your compensation as we minimize the stress on you and your family.

Read our answers to your medical malpractice frequently asked questions and then contact our office to discuss your case in detail.

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For answers to your questions about medical malpractice matters, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation. If we take your case, we handle your case on contingency. Hablamos Español.


Is there a deadline for filing a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut?

The Connecticut statute of limitations provides that a lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered. It permits an additional year if you are unable to discover the error with reasonable diligence within the first two years. Thus, the time frame for bringing a lawsuit for malpractice is very short and getting an attorney involved as soon as possible is critical.

 

What are the elements of a medical malpractice claim?

To prevail on a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut, you must prove that:

  • Your doctor owed you a duty of care, sometimes referred to as the applicable standard of care
  • Your doctor’s act or omission breached the duty or deviation from the applicable standard of care
  • You sustained damages
  • Your doctor’s mistake was the proximate cause of your damages

What standard should I expect from my doctor?

Your doctor is required to act within the reasonable standard of care as a similarly situated medical professional.

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Explain the doctor review prerequisite for filing a medical malpractice cause of action in Connecticut.

Connecticut law requires a review of medical malpractice claims before the plaintiff is allowed to file a lawsuit. To move forward with your claim, a doctor in the same specialty must review the facts of your case and issue a written opinion that your doctor acted negligently. A lawsuit cannot be filed without this written opinion attached to the Complaint.

What damages can I expect to recover for my injuries caused by a medical mistake?

Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to:

  • Past medical bills
  • Costs of treatments to correct the injuries
  • Anticipated future medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Disabilities
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life’s activities

Who can be sued for medical malpractice?

Any medical professional or entity that has a duty of care and causes you injury because of a breach of that duty may be held liable for medical malpractice, including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, specialists, dentists, physical therapists, nutritionists, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic laboratories and nursing homes. Often, multiple parties contribute to a patient’s injuries, so your lawsuit may name several defendants.

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Will my case go to trial?

Our law firm settles many cases with doctors and their insurance companies. However, if the medical professional refuses to agree to your full and fair compensation, we recommend pursuing your rightful damages at trial.

How do I know if I have a valid medical malpractice claim?

The Pickel Law Firm, LLC conducts a no-obligation, free consultation to determine if you have a potential cause of action. The next step involves gathering medical records and submitting them to a similarly situated expert for review. If the expert believes that the medical professional/entity’s care fell below the acceptable standard of care and caused you damages, then you have a valid medical malpractice claim.

What if I cannot afford a lawyer?

Our law firm handles your case on a contingency basis, which means that you do not pay us for attorneys’ fees until we recover compensation in your case. There is never a question as to whether you can afford our fees. We are only paid attorneys’ fees if we recover money for you.

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