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Medical Malpractice

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At the Law Office of Kevin C. Ferry, LLC, located in New Britain, Connecticut we are committed to the individuals and families that are harmed by careless and inattentive doctors, nurses and health care providers.  Many times the injuries resulting from medical malpractice are lifelong and include scarring, permanent disability, brain damage and, in the worst cases, death.

Our lawyers understand how devastating these injuries can be to your life and family.  We have the knowledge, skill, resources and experience to protect your rights and fight to obtain justice for our clients.   In Connecticut, we are very fortunate to have many great hospitals, doctors, and health care professionals. We are lucky to have people who are willing to spend years studying to become doctors and endure rigorous residency schedules.  We have many clients who we refer to these doctors and facilities BUT, it does not mean that these professionals do not make mistakes.  When there are mistakes caused by negligence and you suffer injuries and losses you should be compensated for all of your damages.  

This includes any damages you have suffered and those damages that you are likely to suffer in the future.   The Law Office of Kevin C. Ferry, LLC has fought to obtain justice for those injured by medical malpractice for over ten years.  These cases, more so than any other type of case, can be highly complex, adversarial and difficult to win.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you retain a medical malpractice attorney to properly investigate, evaluate and pursue your case.  The laws provide significant safeguards for the medical professional, but very few for you.  You can level the playing field by hiring an attorney.  We will fight to protect your rights and obtain justice for you

 

What should I do if I feel I have been injured by medical error?

If you believe you have been injured as the result of a doctor’s mistake or the negligence of a medical care facility or hospital, contact a qualified medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. You should also try to obtain copies of your medical records to bring to your attorney so they can properly evaluate your claim.

You can file a complaint against a health care provided or facility with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) by visiting their website to complete a petition form. Once submitted, the DPH will acknowledge your request in writing and if your allegations are within their jurisdiction, they will open an investigation.  You have the right to attend any hearings conducted by DPH so you can hear what your doctor or hospital says about why you were injured. You can also use the DPH website to search for physician profiles and to verify licenses.  

Please note that this site is not necessarily accurate or current. It is only as accurate as the information supplied by the doctor who has settled a malpractice case or had a medical malpractice verdict against him. We know of one Connecticut doctor who settled malpractice cases and has several pending malpractice cases pending in Court as of March 2009, and there is not one hint of trouble on the DPH website.

 

When should I contact a medical malpractice attorney?

You should contact a lawyer as soon as you feel something has gone wrong or when you feel you have been injured because of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys have handled cases where our clients have been the victims of surgical errors; given the wrong dosage of medication; incorrect uses of chemicals; foreign objects being left in patients; birth injuries and complications; and hospital burns.

There may be evidence or information that an attorney can obtain or preserve that would otherwise disappear as time goes by.  An attorney can also assist you with the process and ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible from the very beginning.  If you do not call an attorney from the beginning, many times, it will be too late when you realize you needed one to ensure that your rights were protected.

 

Statute of Limitation & Notice Requirements

The statute of limitations is a deadline in which you must bring a lawsuit.  If you fail to meet this deadline, you will not be able to bring a claim.  In Connecticut, you usually have to bring a medical malpractice claim within two years of the injury and within three years of the act that caused the injury. See Connecticut General Statute § 52-584.  

There are different requirements in cases involving a wrongful death.   In addition, any claim against a State affiliated hospital, such as the John Dempsey Hospital or the University of Connecticut Health Center, is subject to severe restrictions which limit the time to bring a lawsuit.  Similarly, there are strict notice provisions that are extremely time sensitive that must be complied with in order to assert a valid lawsuit.  These limitations and requirements are another reason you should hire a lawyer.   You should contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately to ensure you meet any these requirements.

 

What can I do to avoid being the victim of a medical mistake?

Please be sure to ask friends, other doctors or medical malpractice lawyers about your doctor before having any surgery. You should specifically ask your doctor about his or her level of ability, training, and experience. Don’t be afraid to ask about the number of times he or she has been sued for malpractice. If you are considering surgery, ask your surgeon how many surgeries like yours he or she has successfully completed; how many did not have a successful outcome and why.  

Remember, the most honest assessment usually comes from other physicians who know of the doctor’s level of ability, but who are not affiliated with the doctor or even the hospital where the doctor has privileges.   You can check the Department of Public Health’s website. Please note that this site is not necessarily accurate or current. It is only as accurate as the information supplied by the doctor who has settled a malpractice case or had a medical malpractice verdict against him or her. I know of one Connecticut doctor who settled malpractice cases and has several pending malpractice cases pending in Court as of March 2009, and there is not one hint of trouble on the DPH website.

Please consider reading a book written by an excellent trial lawyer, Pat Malone, called “The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care and Avoiding the Worst”.

Resources

This experience gives us unique insight into these cases and issues associated with them.  Our Medical Malpractice Attorney Blog discusses complex aspects of these cases and information we know only because we deal with the insurance companies and courts on a daily basis.  We hope you find the information helpful.  If you have a question, send us an email or contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys.  

 

Below are some of our representative cases:

  • Surgical Error (Cholecysectomy) – Surgeon dissects common bile duct and fails to diagnose this for several days. Client becomes very sick and requires major surgery to repair the injury. Client is at significant risk of major complications and has a reduced life expectancy because of the Doctor’s negligence. Case is in suit.
  • Hospital Burn – Woman recovering from abdominal surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford suffered large second degree burns and disfigurement on her belly due to negligent overheating of heating pad and failure to monitor patient, which was left on the patient’s abdomen for eleven hours while she was being given sedatives and pain killers. Case is in suit.
  • Pregnancy Complication – Failure to stop pre-term labor results in death of one twin and lifelong complications for surviving twin. Case is in suit.
  • Surgical Error (Hernia Surgery) – Hernia surgery results in misfired tack into nerve causing permanent damage. Result: Plaintiff’s Verdict.
  • Surgical Error (Gastric Bypass Surgery) – Gastric bypass surgery performed by surgeon inexperienced in the procedure results in life threatening infection, reversal of surgery. Case settled.
  • Incorrect Use of Chemical – General Practitioner misapplied chemical used to burn away a mole, causes large permanent scar and discoloration. Result: Settled
  • Surgical Error – Orthopedic surgeon fails to reduce and properly align ankle bones results in three additional surgeries and years of lost income. Case is in suit.
  • Surgical Error – Knee operation results in ten inch scar on lower leg due to scalpel being dragged across lower leg.  Result: Plaintiff’s Verdict.
  • Wrong Dosage of Medication – A young man given 100 times more medication that required suffers elevated cardiac enzyme levels, monitored by a cardiologist for six months and must wear a chest monitor. Case settled prior to suit.
  • Foreign Object – Woman underwent whipple procedure (pancreatoduodenectomy) to remove a tumor on her pancreas becomes septic after a 5 ½ inch long tube was left in her body. Case being prepared for suit.

We handle cases throughout the entire state of Connecticut including Hartford, Waterbury, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, Bridgeport and the surrounding towns.  Regardless of your injury or where you are located, we will aggressively fight for you. In the pursuit of justice, the Law Office of Kevin C. Ferry, LLC has recovered millions of dollars for our clients through negotiated settlements, binding arbitrations and trials. See our Results page.

 

Make sure your rights are protected!  If you or a loved one has been injured in a as a result of medical malpractice call one of our lawyers at (860) 827-0880 for a free consultation. 

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