Medical Malpractice – Communication Breakdown


The increasing fragmentation of medical care in general contributes to communication problems.  As we have more subspecialists, more hospitalists, more intensivists and less single primary care physicians in charge of someone, breakdowns in communication plague the medical community.  In paper based system, with mulitple consult specialists, under time constraints, it is far too easy for missed diagnoses and failure to treat due to a breakdown in medical communication.  There are some remedies.  For example, universal electronic medical records would be a step toward remedying this problem.  It would provide a central repository so the patient can have access to the three or four specialists saying different things.  The communication breakdown leads to tragic cases of injury and death.  To bring a medical malpractice lawsuit in Connecticut, it needs to filed within 2 years of the date of medical malpractice.  In order to properly file the lawsuit, you must obtain a signed written report from a medical expert stating that malpractice has taken place and that the malpractice caused injury.  The signed medical expert report is appended to the lawsuit when it is filed with the court.  If an expert report is not filed with the complaint, the complaint is subject to dismissal.  Our firm’s personal injury lawyers have experience in handling medical malpractice cases on behalf of those that have been injured due to the malpractice of a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider.