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Proving Damages in Connecticut Medical Malpractice Cases

At the law firm of Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, we represent clients in a wide range of medical malpractice cases involving errors in diagnosis, improper treatment and other departures from recognized standards of care. As an AV rated Preeminent* law firm, we are recognized throughout the state for our ability to investigate the malpractice issues, present the detailed evidence of negligence necessary to establish a client's right to compensation, and provide a documented damages calculation that can withstand a defense attorney's attack.

Just as in any other personal injury litigation, it is never enough to just prove a defendant's negligence in a medical malpractice case. It is also essential to develop an accurate assessment of the injured party's losses with detailed evidence, often through expert testimony, of each component of the plaintiff's damages demand, whether for past, current or projected losses recognized as compensable under Connecticut law.

The philosophy of our law firm regarding damages is simple: obtain the maximum monetary recovery possible for each client. We accomplish this by using decades of experience to diligently prepare our cases for trial with aggressive advocacy and representation. Our financial resources, technology tools and access to outstanding experts in various fields allow us to effectively represent our clients.

Statewide Client Service in Medical Malpractice: Call 866-554-1709 or 203-517-0456

Much of our lawyers' work in the preparation of the damages side of a case involves collaboration with experts in such areas as medicine, vocational rehabilitation and economics, and such specialties as neuropsychology, geriatrics, pediatrics or child development, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. In appropriate cases and with the permission and assistance of our client, our damages presentation may also include the creation of a "day in the life" video to illustrate the ways in which negligent medical care has changed our client's life.

Damages in medical malpractice cases may include:

  • Compensation for economic damages: Medical malpractice victims can seek compensation for economic damages related to past and future medical expenses, prescription drug costs, nursing care costs, rehabilitation costs (physical and vocational), medical equipment costs and more. Lost wages and losses of expected future income or earning capacity are also recoverable.
  • Compensation for noneconomic damages: These damages are harder to quantify but are no less important. Our attorneys have successfully obtained jury awards and settlements for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium or companionship, loss of the ability to work, and for physical impairments, disabilities, scarring and disfigurement.
  • Punitive damage awards: Although relatively rare, punitive damages may be awarded in cases that involve intentional or reckless conduct. In Connecticut, however, the amount of these damages is limited to attorney's fees.

For additional information about the ways experienced medical malpractice lawyers approach and resolve damages issues during complex litigation, contact Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.

We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.