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Medical Negligence Claims in New Jersey
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.
WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
“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 patient injuries caused by their negligent and careless acts or omission which deviate from the standards of care.
COMMON CAUSES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
- Negligent actions can include misdiagnosis, failing to diagnose or failing to timely diagnose/treat conditions, prescribing incorrect or contraindicated drugs/medications, surgical errors, failing to properly monitor patients, failing to properly follow-up with patients regarding test results or need for ongoing treatment/testing, failing to recognize the significance of a patient’s symptoms and complaints, and failing to treat accordingly or make required referrals to other healthcare providers, etc.
- Birth Injuries: From the first prenatal care to actual delivery and immediate post- birth care, doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff are responsible for adhering to the standards of care to ensure a healthy pregnancy and birth. Birth injuries can be related to issues before or after delivery, including medication issues, failing to properly interpret obstetric ultrasound studies, failing to order/perform C-sections when needed, improper use of forceps/vacuums, applying too much force during delivery and causing injuries to the child, etc. There are even instances when a failure to properly counsel a couple regarding genetic issues prior to their pregnancy constitutes a departure from medical standards of practice.
- Misdiagnosis: Medical tests can help medical professionals properly diagnose serious issues such as cancer, cardiac ailments, etc. When these tests aren’t ordered or ordered too late, the results are not given to the patient and/or may be incorrect or misinterpreted, significant health issues/conditions can be misdiagnosed. Some conditions may not be diagnosed or may be untimely diagnosed, permitting the disease to progress and resulting in a change in prognosis or required treatment.
- Hospital Negligence: Medical mistakes such as surgical errors, patient chart (records) mix-ups, medication mistakes, and poor communication between doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals may cause injury and death.
Other examples of medical malpractice include: unnecessary surgery, surgery on the wrong body part, mismanagement of infections, and premature discharge of a patient who is not ready to leave the hospital.
WHO CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE IN A NEW JERSEY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM?
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.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED NEW JERSEY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has 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.
Additional Medical Malpractice Information
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- Labor/Delivery & Neonatal Care
- Birth Injury
- Delayed/Incorrect Diagnosis
- Wilson’s Disease
- Hospital Malpractice including V.A. Hospital Claims
- Nursing Malpractice
- Delayed or Incorrect Treatment
- Failures in Emergency Room Care
- Nursing Home Malpractice
- Opioid Prescription Malpractice
- Testing Errors