Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey
What Constitutes Medical Negligence?
When a patient places their trust in the hands of a medical professional
- whether it be a physician, nurse, dentist, surgeon, obstetrician or
nursing home caretaker - they should receive nothing less than a standard
level of care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Just like any
profession, healthcare workers are susceptible to the effects of working
long hours, juggling various tasks, and simply having an "off day",
but when their carelessness causes someone under their care to suffer a
serious injury, there is no excuse that can negate their duties as a medical professional.
As such, any act of gross medical negligence-which can be broadly defined
as any act that "falls below the accepted standard of practice in
the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient"
is just cause to pursue compensation. Shockingly enough, however, statistics
show that approximately 195,000 people are killed by a preventable medical
error each year in the United States, but that only 15,000 to 19,000 lawsuits
are filed as a result. The reason that there is such a discrepancy in
the number of people that follow up a wrongful injury with legal action
may have something to do with the fact that many are unsure of whether
or not they have grounds to pursue a lawsuit.
Why Patients Often Don't Pursue Medical Malpractice Claims
A patient never wants to doubt the decisions that are being made by the
professional that they have entrusted with their well-being, so many times,
unnecessarily caused injuries are overlooked. This may subsequently lead
a patient to endure the costs of additional treatment and care on their
own, which is an injustice that no one should have to experience. For
this reason, it is vitally important for all victims to understand the
scope of what constitutes medical malpractice. If a patient does not understand
their rights, they will never know when they have been violated. If you
have been injured by the negligent actions of someone who was entrusted
with your care, do not hesitate to speak to an attorney.
Common Forms of Medical Negligence
Many people are unsure of whether or not they have grounds to pursue a
malpractice lawsuit because they do not understand when their rights have
been violated. Medical negligence can take shape in a variety of different
ways, as all medical workers are susceptible to making mistakes. Every
facet of the healthcare industry is responsible for keeping their patients
safe - including hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, pharmacies,
etc.- so when they fail to do so, they should expect to face legal action.
Some of the most common reasons that malpractice lawsuits are filed include
a medical professional:
- Failing to diagnose a serious illness
- Misdiagnosing symptoms
- Administering the wrong medication
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Making a surgical error
- Incorrectly administering anesthesia
- Delaying necessary treatment
If you or a loved one has been forced to suffer the consequences of any
of these preventable medical errors, you should not hesitate to consult with a
New Jersey personal injury lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation,
so even if you are unsure of whether or not you have grounds to file a
malpractice lawsuit, you owe it to yourself to find out.
Brandon J. Broderick Helps You Understand Your Legal Options
Have you been injured or made ill at the hands of a negligent healthcare
worker? If so, you should waste no time in speaking to an attorney about
the circumstances of your case. The state of New Jersey maintains a statute
of limitations that prohibits a victim from pursuing legal action after
a certain amount of time has elapsed, so it is important to act quickly.
Get started on exploring your legal options today by submitting a
free case evaluation form to Attorney Brandon J. Broderick or by calling our firm directly.
We would like the opportunity to assist you in recovering the compensation
that you deserve, but it is up to you to take the necessary step of retaining
legal representation. Not only is our firm experienced in handling a wide
variety of personal injury cases, but we are committed to the well-being
of our clients. For this reason, you can trust that we will be by your
side throughout the entire legal process when you ask us to assist you
with your case.
Take the first step today by calling (201) 870-1909