When the unthinkable occurs, and you or someone you love suffers due to the mistake of a medical professional, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Most people don’t know precisely how to go about filing a medical malpractice claim or the steps involved in doing so. Here in Connecticut and elsewhere, there are some basic guidelines that may be helpful.
The first thing to try is to contact the caregiver that was involved in the incident. In some cases, the doctor might be able to resolve the situation to your satisfaction. It will help you to understand exactly what occurred that resulted in the injury to you or your loved one. If the situation is not resolved, getting in touch with the board that manages medical licensing may lead to appropriate disciplinary action concerning the professional with whom you have the dispute.
Research precisely how long you have to file a medical malpractice claim. This is commonly referred to as the “statute of limitations” and means that if a claim is not filed within a specific time period from when the incident occurred, you could lose the right to pursue litigation against the provider deemed negligent. Next is obtaining a certificate of merit, which Connecticut requires, though some other states do not. It is issued after contacting another medical expert who will review the incident and determine whether the medical provider in your case provided the proper standard of care.
After these steps occur, a case may be brought to court. The medical malpractice claim could be bolstered by making sure all of these steps are followed properly.
Source: findlaw.com, “First Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case,” Aug. 1, 2014