Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice in Connecticut

When you are ill or injured, you put your faith and trust in medical practitioners to make you well again. But physicians, nurses, and other medical staff are only human. They can, and they do make mistakes. If this happens, you need the experienced Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Firm of Alexander H. Schwartz to make sense of your case. We’ll tell you where you stand, and we’ll fight to see that you receive all of the compensation you deserve.

Initiating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Connecticut law requires that before you can file a lawsuit, you must have a good faith belief – in other words, you have a logical reason to believe – that you were harmed due to a practitioner’s or hospital’s malpractice. Your Connecticut medical injury lawyer must certify to the court that this is the case and include a statement from a physician that your injury or illness appears to be the result of malpractice, along with his reason for concluding this.

A person injured by malpractice has a limited period of time to bring a lawsuit. Generally, medical malpractice suits must be filed within two years of when the event occurred in Connecticut, but some exceptions exist. For instance, you may not immediately realize that you were harmed or injured. It may take some time for the problem to come to light. In this case, the discovery rule kicks in and gives you two years to file your case from the date you discovered the problem. However, in these cases you still must file within three years of the date the malpractice occurred. It’s admittedly complicated, so don’t take any chances on time elapsing on you. If you’ve been hurt, contact the Bridgeport injury lawyers at the law offices of Alexander J. Schwartz as soon as possible.

You May Have Shared Liability

You’ll need a lawyer to fight for you if the defendant alleges that you contributed to your physical problem in some way. You may have been prescribed medication that the defendant contends you didn’t begin taking immediately, or bed rest was ordered and you failed to comply. These are common defenses in medical malpractice suits, and it’s important to consider these because Connecticut observes a modified comparative negligence rule. The court will determine whether these allegations are true – the defense must prove them – and, if so, the court will place a percentage on just how much you were at fault. If it’s determined that 30 percent of your injury was due to actions you took, your damages are limited to 70 percent – 100 percent less your share for your own culpability – of what would otherwise be awarded. So in this case, if damages total $250,000, your recovery would be brought down to $175,000.

Your Connecticut medical malpractice attorney can fight to make a case that you did nothing to contribute to your own injury. Alexander J. Schwartz has more than 30 years of trial experience, helping others just like you. You don’t pay us unless we win your case and recover damages for you. You’ll work directly with the primary attorney on your case to ensure the best results possible. If you’ve been hurt, call us today at so we can get started on advocating for your rights.


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