If you are injured when receiving medical treatment in a hospital, there is a possibility that you may sue the hospital for negligence or medical malpractice.
The hospital may be found negligent based on how it maintains its operations. For example, the hospital may schedule staff members improperly so that during specific time intervals, there are only a few doctors or nurses on the clock, causing each patient to receive low-quality care. The hospital may hire healthcare providers who do not have the necessary educational background or training to work there.
On the other hand, the hospital may also be liable for its doctors’ and nurses’ medical malpractice. An employer is liable for an employee’s negligence while they are performing job-related duties. However, in order to protect themselves from liability, many hospitals employ doctors as independent contractors, which means that they are not official employees.
The following are the proper steps to sue a hospital for your injuries:
- Determine whether you believe the hospital can be used, whether for negligence or medical malpractice of one of its employees.
- Collect all information related to your case, such as medical records, photographs, incident reports, etc.
- Calculate the damages you would wish to request, including past and future medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, as well as past and future pain and suffering.
- Act quickly, since Connecticut has a statute of limitations of two years for both negligence and medical malpractice cases.
- File your complaint, which includes the facts such as negligent actions and the resulting injuries, as well as the damages you are seeking.
Lawsuits involving hospitals are extremely complex to handle on your own. It is important to seek legal representation from an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. At Zayas Law Firm, our Hartford personal injury attorney can evaluate your claim, review your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and build a strong case strategy just for you.
Contact us and schedule a free consultation today.