Connecticut attorney general wants malpractice lawsuit dismissed

Friday December 18, 2015

The estate of a woman who was killed by her mentally ill son has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the state of Connecticut. The woman was stabbed to death the day after Christmas in 2013. Her son was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the woman’s murder.

In August, the son was sentenced to the maximum-security mental hospital in Middletown, Connecticut, for 60 years. On Oct. 22, the estate of the late woman filed the lawsuit claiming the personnel at River Valley Services, which is a state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services facility were negligent when they approved the son’s visit to his mother’s home in Deep River, Connecticut. It was an unsupervised visit, according to the lawsuit.

The state attorney general said that the complaint should be thrown out because in order to sue for medical malpractice, the plaintiff has be the one that received treatment. Since the woman’s son was the one who received treatment, the attorney general says that the lawsuit should not move forward. He said, “Connecticut law does not recognize a medical malpractice cause of action brought by a non-patient third-party, and in fact expressly rejects such an action.”

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be very complicated and the laws governing such actions can be difficult to interpret. An experienced attorney is needed for these types of cases and while many may be settled before going to court, others may need to be litigated. If you have questions about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, an attorney can provide you with the answers you need.

Source: courant.com, “Attorney General Seeks Rejection Of Lawsuit In Case Of Mentally Ill Patient Who Killed Mother,” Jon Lender, Dec. 16, 2015

Get in Touch

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer today.

News & insights
The Negative Impact of Tailgating
Articles

The Negative Impact of Tailgating

9

August
2022

Common Causes of Construction Lawsuits
Articles

Common Causes of Construction Lawsuits

12

July
2022

The Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents
Articles

The Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents

12

July
2022

Medical Misdiagnosis: What Is It and How To Handle It
News

Medical Misdiagnosis: What Is It and How To Handle It

11

June
2022

The Role of Lack of Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice
Articles

The Role of Lack of Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice

11

June
2022

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Articles

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

10

June
2022

Connecticut Auto Accident Laws to Be Aware Of
Articles

Connecticut Auto Accident Laws to Be Aware Of

9

June
2022

How Liability Is Determined for Defective Products
Articles

How Liability Is Determined for Defective Products

26

May
2022

The Most Common Personal Injury Cases
Articles

The Most Common Personal Injury Cases

24

May
2022

How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Articles

How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You

22

May
2022