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Are medical negligence claims different from claims against other professionals?

According to Vermont statute 12 V.S.A. § 1908, in all but the most straightforward medical negligence cases, a plaintiff must have a doctor testify in court concerning the appropriate standard of care in place. The plaintiff then must prove how the defendant’s failure to adhere to that standard caused the injury in question.

Can I make a medical negligence claim if I feel I wasn’t fully informed about the risks involved in a procedure?

A plaintiff may pursue a separate statutory claim if they feel 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.

As next-of-kin, can I pursue a claim in court to recover funds for a deceased family member?

If a family member dies as a result of negligence, Vermont’s Wrongful Death statute allows a decedent’s next-of-kin (including brothers or sisters) to pursue a claim in court for pecuniary damages, which the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled includes economic and non-economic losses such as the loss of consortium (or benefits) and grief of family members. 14 V.S.A. § 1492(b).

How long do I have to bring a claim?

Some specific types of claims are subject to different time limitations, but typically a plaintiff is required by statute to file a lawsuit within three years or less. As a result, it is important to promptly consult with a lawyer in order to protect your ability to pursue a claim. 14 V.S.A. § 1492(a).

If you believe you have reason to pursue a medical malpractice claim, please contact Bill at 802-657-7250, or at

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