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Common Questions People Ask about Medical Malpractice

People turn to doctors and other health care providers when they are at their most vulnerable. When you are sick or injured, you have a right to expect skilled and competent care. Unfortunately, a doctor’s negligence can result in even greater injury. Many people hesitate to contact a lawyer because they think they don’t really have a case. This is just one of the more common misconceptions surrounding medical malpractice. If you believe you have been injured by a negligent doctor or hospital, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some frequent questions we receive from people looking for justice after suffering an injury at the hands of a doctor or hospital.

Can I Sue a Nurse for Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice cases are not limited to doctors. A plaintiff has legal standing to sue a variety of health care providers and institutions. You can file a lawsuit against a physician, hospital, nurse, pharmacist, and a long list of other providers. Patients have even filed claims against psychiatrists and therapists after suffering an injury. In the case of psychiatrists, family members have brought suit against a psychiatrist for failing to notice a patient was spiraling into a deep depression and exhibiting suicidal ideation and behaviors.

What Happens If a Doctor Prescribes the Wrong Medication?

Prescription errors are a major cause of medical negligence. If a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, a patient can be seriously hurt. In the most devastating cases, an individual dies due to a prescription error. Patients can also file a lawsuit against a pharmacist that dispenses the wrong medication or the wrong dose. You may also have legal standing to sue if a doctor or pharmacist fails to catch a medication conflict, such as an allergy to a certain drug or a contraindication based on your health status.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

If you believe you may have been injured by a doctor, hospital, or health care professional, there is no time to lose in your case. There is a very short window for filing a claim. Furthermore, it’s important to start gathering evidence as soon as possible. If you delay contacting an attorney, you could end up hurting your case by missing out on helpful evidence. With a lawyer on your side, you will have a better understanding of the next steps in your case and what you can do to increase your chances of getting full and fair compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been hurt by a doctor’s negligence, you deserve justice and compensation. Don’t fight this battle alone. Call the experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers at Nugent & Bryant today at 203-580-4607 for a free consultation.