According to the Journal of Patient Safety, hundreds of thousands of patients die each year as a result of medical malpractice. This is a significant issue that is apparently much more prevalent than previously reported. Misdiagnosis, prescription/medication administration errors, preventable or inappropriately treated infections, and surgical errors are just some of the many ways in which healthcare providers unintentionally may cause a patient’s death.
For those who survive the injuries sustained as a result of medical malpractice, recovery can be a long, painful, difficult and monetarily expensive process. Patients are often left with permanent injuries and significant deficits.
Survivors of medical negligence may also need to seek treatment or otherwise cope with the psychological toll of having been injured by those obligated to protect and heal. Victims of medical negligence often feel betrayed, helpless and desirous of “justice”, according to various surveys and polls of the general public; especially when a loved one has passed away as a result of their injuries.
Patients who sustain injuries due to medical negligence are often faced with healthcare providers who tend to refrain from disseminating needed information to a patient which might help explain what happened, how an injury occurred, and how it might be best addressed or treated. In an effort to insulate itself from litigation, the healthcare community unfortunately and consistently establishes a “wall of silence” rather than acknowledging, explaining or taking responsibility for the preventable errors made in the treatment of patients.
If you or a family member has been harmed by the careless or negligent acts and/or omissions of a healthcare provider, contact the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. We are available to discuss your potential claim at no cost to you. Call (973) 635-5400 to learn how we can help you protect your rights; or visit our website where you can chat with one of our representatives, or otherwise inquire as to the viability of your potential claim.