New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Holding Negligent Medical Practitioners Liable for Mistakes
When you go to the doctor’s office or a medical clinic for treatment, you should be able to expect that you will be treated correctly and put on the path to recovery. If you leave the medical center worse than you arrived, though, then medical malpractice might have occurred. At that point, you should start to consider how to take legal action in response to set things right and give yourself a chance to recover from your new or worsened injuries.
Simonson Goodman Platzer PC offers five-star legal counsel to victims of medical malpractice throughout New Jersey. If your medical provider hurt you or allowed a pre-existing condition to worsen, then we want to know about it. With our experience and resources, we can bring a claim or lawsuit against any defendant, including major medical institutions and individual healthcare providers.
On This Page
- Defining Medical Malpractice
- What to Do If You are Hurt by Medical Malpractice
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Defining Medical Malpractice
After leaving a medical center and feeling dissatisfied with your care, you might assume that medical malpractice must have happened. However, this is not always the case. Medical malpractice is a specific type of error that can be rare and difficult to prove.
Four important elements to a medical malpractice claim include:
- Duty: The medical provider must have owed the patient a duty of care, which is often established through a doctor-patient relationship.
- Breach of duty: The duty of care owed to a patient essentially means that the medical provider must act within reason and follow an accepted standard of medical care and knowledge. For a medical malpractice claim to be valid, the medical provider must have breached that duty of care.
- Injury: The breach of duty must result in an injury suffered by the patient. The same is true if the breach caused a condition or injury to worsen due to the medical provider’s inaction or incorrect action.
- Damages: Lastly, for a medical malpractice claim to be legally sound, the patient’s injury must have caused them to experience a form of compensable damage.
Oftentimes, medical malpractice case investigators will ask if the medical mistake that was made would have been made by a different and reasonable medical practitioner in the same situation. If the mistake or error likely would have not been avoided by another medical provider, then it will be more difficult to argue that a medical malpractice claim is justified.
Common Instances of Medical Malpractice
On an average day, a medical provider will have numerous duties and tasks to fulfill for patients. For this reason, medical malpractice cases can be highly varied. Our team of New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers is ready to work on virtually any case that comes our way, though.
Commonly occurring forms of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnoses: Doctors have the duty to accurately diagnose their patients’ conditions. Diagnosing one condition as another can cause serious health problems. For example, misdiagnosing a stroke, heart attack, or cancer as a less severe health complication is surprisingly common.
- Failures to diagnose: In some cases, a doctor will fail to diagnose the patient altogether, sending them home without a diagnosis or aftercare plan. Or a doctor will fail to diagnose the patient until weeks or months later after the condition has had time to worsen.
- Surgical errors: Our medical malpractice team focuses on surgical error cases, such as those involving unsafe appendicitis procedures or endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedures.
- Unsafe prescriptions: When prescribing medication to a patient, the doctor must review their full medical record to ensure the risk of unsafe side effects is minimal.
Damages Available in a Medical Malpractice Case
The damages owed to you after being hurt by medical malpractice will be unique to your case. What one medical malpractice claimant receives will not be the same as the next. Part of our job will be to make sure you get whatever damage is owed to you in full.
Typically, medical malpractice claimants can demand damages related to all past and future medical treatments and specialized care. If your wages and income were impacted due to your injury or condition, then you can demand compensation for those losses, too. We can also factor in your pain and suffering as non-economic damage. However, in New Jersey, non-economic damage is usually and currently capped at $350,000, regardless of how much you have endured due to a medical provider’s mistakes.
What to Do If You are Hurt by Medical Malpractice
After suffering an injury due to a doctor’s mistakes, you can feel lost and unsure who you can trust. If you want to seek compensation and justice, though, then you need to take legal action sooner than later. Try to collect yourself and take a few steps after medical malpractice has left you or a loved one worse than before the treatment occurred.
Take these steps if you suspect medical malpractice has hurt you:
- Switch providers if possible: You can call your healthcare insurance provider and ask to change medical care providers or clinics if possible. Returning to the same healthcare team that you think hurt you could increase the risk of suffering further harm due to medical negligence.
- Seek further medical attention if necessary: If you still need medical treatments for your condition or injury, then please seek it where you can. Do not skip necessary treatments because you suspect medical malpractice might have happened once. Always prioritize your health and safety.
- Get a copy of your medical records: Ask your medical provider to give you a copy of your medical records. You need to see what information is included in the record, so you can pass that to your attorney later.
- Create a symptoms journal: Start recording your daily symptoms, pains, and complications that you believe are related to your injury or mistreatment. Thorough symptoms journals are sometimes the most compelling forms of evidence in medical malpractice cases.
- Call a medical malpractice lawyer: Dial (800) 817-5029 to connect with our New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys. Allow us to investigate your case sooner than later and while your memory of what happened is at its sharpest.
Medical Malpractice FAQ
Is medical malpractice the same thing as medical negligence?
Medical negligence is a mistake or error that a medical provider makes when treating or working with a patient. If the patient suffers an injury or harm due to that mistake, then that act of negligence becomes malpractice. Although, in some contexts, the terms are used interchangeably.
What is New Jersey’s statute of limitations on medical malpractice?
New Jersey has a strict two-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. The time limit can begin on the date the harm happened. The state’s discovery rule can make this deadline begin on the date that the patient should have reasonably known about the cause of the harm, though, which might be much later than when the medical malpractice incident occurred.
How do I know if I have a claim?
The simplest way to figure out if you have a valid medical malpractice claim is to talk to an attorney. There are many nuances to the law that will make your case challenging, so it is easier to trust a legal professional from the start.
Why are medical malpractice claims so difficult?
Medical practitioners and institutions have many legal and regulatory protections that are designed to make it more difficult to sue them for negligence. Navigating these rules can feel impossible without a lawyer’s help.
Do I need a medical expert’s testimony for my case?
In many medical malpractice cases, a court will not hear the plaintiff’s argument unless it is accompanied by a third-party medical expert’s testimony. Finding the right medical expert for your case – and paying for their services – is easier with an attorney managing your case.
Who can be liable for medical malpractice?
Essentially any medical staff member can commit medical malpractice. Claims can be filed due to the mistakes of doctors, nurses, surgeons, front desk clerks, and even janitorial staff depending on what type of injury occurred and why it did.
Will my medical malpractice case go to trial?
Many medical malpractices go to trial because the defendants try to bully the plaintiffs out of pursuing the claim. Medical institutions and their insurance companies know that the average plaintiff does not have the time, energy, or resources to litigate. Teaming up with an attorney can challenge their expectations.
Fight for Your Right to Compensation
Every injured patient deserves to have their voice heard. Let our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers be the ones who amplify yours. We would be honored to fight tenaciously and tirelessly in your name and in the pursuit of protecting patient rights throughout the state.
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