Connecticut Medical Malpractice Lawsuit: Was Your Doctor Ever Named?
If you are searching for a new primary care provider or are set to undergo a surgical procedure in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility, chances are you are asking your friends, family, and perhaps even other physicians that monitor your care for recommendations. Once you have narrowed down your list, bring your list of names over to the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s website and begin searching.
Using this tool you will be able to see whether any of the physicians or healthcare providers you are selecting are currently involved (and to what capacity) in a pending, closed or dismissed case within the Connecticut court system.
Looking up a Hospital or Other Healthcare Facility
Visit http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/PartySearch.aspx and enter the hospital/facilities name in the “Party Last Name” search box and pending cases will be found. Most of the cases listed will not be medical malpractice cases because hospitals often have many claims pending that are not malpractice cases (collections matters, for example).
Looking up a Medical Malpractice Case
To find the malpractice cases, look for cases with a “D” (for defendant) in the Party No. Column, and the number 14 or higher in the Docket Number. This number indicates the year of filing, and for cases filed in years 2014 and later, any court filed documents are available for the public to read by clicking on the Docket Number. Of course, being a party to a malpractice suit does not mean that the hospital provides poor quality care, but this is another tool to assist you in your evaluation.
Think you have a medical malpractice case? Use our tool to find out!