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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
  • Causing a birth injury
  • 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 medical malpractice 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.

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