Vermont Medical Malpractice & Negligence Lawyer

Bill Leckerling -- Attorney -- Burlington, Vermont

Bill Leckerling

We have decades of experience in handling medical malpractice cases. Contact us for a free initial consultation.

Bill Leckerling is a director of the firm and handles all cases concerning medical negligence. He concentrates his practice on matters involving professional negligence including medical malpractice, wrongful death, brain injuries, and cerebral palsy claims.

 

 

 

Bill has successfully resolved (either through trial or settlement) complex medical malpractice claims and recovered millions of dollars for clients including those involving:

  • A brain injury which occurred when the surgeon entered into patients brain while removing sinus polyps;
  • Cerebral Palsy and other brain injuries caused by an anesthesiologist who administered an adult dose of anesthetic to a six-month-old infant;
  • The death of a nineteen-year-old caused by the hospital’s emergency room’s failure to properly treat an aspirin overdose;
  • The death of a seventy-year-old woman due to the hospital’s administering  an overdose of a sedative;
  • The loss of a patient’s leg as a result of the surgeon cutting a patient’s artery during bladder surgery;
  • Cerebral Palsy and other brain injuries caused by a hospital’s failure to properly treat an infant’s jaundice; and
  • The death of a patient following gastric bypass surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning
Medical Negligence Claims

What has to be established in order to win a professional negligence case?In order to prevail in a professional negligence case, a plaintiff must prove in court what the standard of care was at the time the service was rendered and that the defendant’s departure from that standard caused the damage or injury.

Are medical negligence claims any different from claims against other professionals?

For medical malpractice cases, the requirements are specifically set forth in a Vermont statute,12 V.S.A. § 1908.  In all, but for the most straight forward medical negligence cases, a plaintiff must have a doctor testify in court concerning what the appropriate standard of care was and how the defendant’s failure to adhere to that standard caused his or her injury.

What happens if you didn’t know about the risk involved in the procedure?

A plaintiff may also pursue a separate statutory claim if they were not properly informed about the risks associated with the medical procedure that led to the injury.  The “informed consent” statute is quite specific and typically a claim will only be brought if there is also a related claim of medical negligence.  12 V.S.A. § 1909.

Can you recover if a family member dies because of a physician’s negligence?

If a family member dies as a result of negligence, Vermont’s Wrongful Death statute allows a decedent’s next of kin to pursue a claim in court for their pecuniary damages, which the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled includes economic and non-economic losses such as the loss of consortium and grief of family members. 14 V.S.A. § 1492(b).  “Next of kin” in the wrongful death act carries the same meaning as it does in the laws of descent, brothers and sisters of a decedent can be next of kin entitled to recover damages under the act.

How long do I have to bring a claim?

Typically, plaintiffs are required by statute to file a law suit within three years of the alleged negligence.  However, there are exceptions to that limitation and some specific types of claims are subject to different time limitations. For example, if a next of kin brings a Wrongful Death claim for the death of a family member, it must be brought within two years of their family member’s death.  14 V.S.A. § 1492(a).  As a result, it is important to promptly consult with a lawyer in order to protect your ability to pursue a claim.

If you have any questions regarding a malpractice claim, please contact Bill at 802-864-5756, or by accessing his contact information on the menu above.

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