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How do I pursue a medical malpractice claim?

Patients in Connecticut who have been injured by a medical procedure may feel like it was a result of negligence by the health care team. Before filing a claim, the patient should first determine if it is really a medical malpractice issue or not. If so, there are certain steps that should be followed in order to get the best outcome.

According to Forbes, just because someone experiences a bad outcome does not necessarily mean negligence is to blame. Negligence occurs when the health care professional strays from the normal standard of care, which is what other providers would have done when faced with the same situation. If negligence is determined, the claimant should take care when taking the next steps, as prosecuting these types of cases can be lengthy and expensive, and many of them are unsuccessful.

FindLaw recommends first contacting the health care provider to try and come up with a solution to the issue. Most medical professionals have their patients' best interests at heart and will do whatever they can to rectify the situation, often at no cost to the patient. When dealing with a provider who is not as accommodating, the next step should be to contact the professional's licensing board. It may be able to guide you in regard to your next moves and/or take disciplinary action against the provider.

If a claim is filed, the patient needs to make sure it is done within the statute of limitations for the state. It is also highly recommended to accept a settlement if one is offered, as winning at trial is rare.

 

 

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