We trust our medical professionals with our health and the well-being of our families. We expect that our symptoms will be evaluated properly and timely and that related conditions will be diagnosed and treated within the standards of care accepted and practiced by the medical community. When there is a deviation from those standards of care, patients may suffer serious injuries. The American Medical Association (AMA), reports that medical errors are the cause of nearly 100,000 deaths annually, more than the amount of people who are annually killed in U.S. highway accidents.
"Medical malpractice" is a term used to describe a claim against a medical professional whose actions or inactions deviate from accepted standards of medical practice. These acts and/or omissions can cause injury to a patient. The injured patient bringing the claim is called the "plaintiff". The medical professional accused of injuring the plaintiff is called the "defendant". In these cases, the defendant’s actions are compared against what is considered the medical "standard of care." The standard of care is the protocol the medical professional is expected to follow in order to provide the proper care required by a patient. When a medical professional doesn’t meet this standard of care and doesn’t follow accepted and required protocol, they may be acting negligently. A medical malpractice lawsuit holds healthcare providers accountable for your injuries caused by their negligent and careless acts or omission which deviate from the standards of care.
Other examples of medical malpractice include: unnecessary surgery, surgery on the wrong body part, mismanagement of infections and premature discharge of a patient that is not ready to leave the hospital.
Most medical malpractice claims are brought against doctors, nurses and hospitals. However, other medical professionals and healthcare providers may also be culpable including: Technicians, Laboratories, Pharmacists, Therapists, Optometrists, Chiropractors and Outpatient Medical facilities, etc.
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have assisted many clients and their families to secure medical malpractice settlements. Contact our New Jersey personal injury attorneys today at (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.
If you need to consult a New Jersey personal injury attorney, you need to contact Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. The initial consultation is always free.