A medical malpractice incident can change your life for the worse. Picture being wrongfully diagnosed and put on medication for a condition you are not suffering from while the actual illness goes untreated. Unfortunately, by the time you get the correct diagnosis, it may be too late to get treatment.
Your career could grind to a halt, and you may suffer physically and emotionally following the wrong diagnosis. Now, given that the doctor owed you a duty of care, it begs the question – how much compensation are you looking at?
The value of your claim depends on individual circumstances
There is no predetermined compensation figure for medical malpractice victims. Usually, the damages you suffer will determine the amount of compensation you receive. For instance, how much did you spend on correcting the malpractice? How long did your injuries keep you from work?
You deserve to be compensated for any economic losses you suffered from the malpractice. Additionally, the pain and suffering, the lower quality of life, or other non-economic damages caused by your injuries could also form part of the settlement package.
Importantly, damage caps on compensatory damages do not apply in Connecticut. It means that as long as you can prove your damages, you are likely to receive compensation.
Other important considerations
Perhaps the most crucial bit is proving that medical malpractice occurred. It may not be straightforward, and you need to be adequately prepared to prove your claim.
You also need to have an eye on the legal clock, which starts ticking as soon as you suffer medical malpractice or become aware of your injuries. If you go beyond the stipulated time, your claim may be dismissed. Therefore, as much as you may still be suffering, it is necessary to take action as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.