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What are the basic rules for medical malpractice in Connecticut?

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Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys. 

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a term for negligence by a medical professional.   In Connecticut, as in most states, it is defined as professional negligence by act or omission when the medical professional falls below the standard of care in the medical community for that professional.  Of course, that act or omission must also cause harm to the patient. 

What is the specific rule or statute that states what a plaintiff needs to prove in a Connecticut medical malpractice lawsuit?

In a Connecticut medical malpractice case, as stated in Connecticut General Statute § 52-184c(a), the plaintiff must prove “that the alleged actions of the health care provider represented a breach of the prevailing professional standard of care for that health care provider. The prevailing professional standard of care for a given health care provider shall be that level of care, skill and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers.”

In a sentence, this means that the doctor’s care fell below what was recognized as acceptable and appropriate by a reasonably prudent similar doctor.  

What is an example of a specific type of medical malpractice?

A common example of a common type of medical malpractice case in Connecticut is a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose case.  Different types of misdiagnosis cases have different issues.  For a misdiagnosis of cancer case in New London, Connecticut, the plaintiff will have to prove that diagnosis would have made a difference.  In other words, if the cancer had already developed to the point where there was no likely cure anyway, then the damages will be hard to prove.  So, the cancer's development is very important to that type of case.  Another type of case if the failure to diagnose a heart attack.  Some other common types of cases include the misdiagnosis of meningitis, appendicitis, and etopic pregnancy.  Other examples include surgical errors such as operating on the wrong body part, or leaving a surgical instrument in the body.

If you have any questions you can contact our lawyers.

If you have any questions about a medical malpractice lawsuit, and you want to sue, feel free to contact the lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.

 

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut

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