Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Atlantic City Give Examples of Possible Negligence
Any medical procedure can be a stressful event. The expense, anxiety and stress of recovery often leave patients hopeful that everything will go according to plan. For too many people, the outcome of their medical care is less than ideal. The Atlantic City medical malpractice lawyers at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. understand the impact medical negligence or medical malpractice can have on patients and their families.
Our medical malpractice lawyers take what has happened at the hands of someone who you trusted your health to, or the health of a family member, with extreme seriousness. We work to gain the compensation you need to begin physically and emotionally recovering. Our more than 40 years of work in law includes a number of significant multimillion-dollar recoveries, such as the $6.35 million wrongful death settlement and $5.9 million birth injury jury verdict we gained for our clients devastated by medical malpractice and negligence.
What are the Medical Malpractice Laws in New Jersey?
New Jersey defines medical malpractice as when a health care provider (including a physician, technician, therapist, hospital or nurse) breaches a standard of care that results in the harm of a patient. The state defines standard of care as the generally accepted practices and procedures that reasonable medical providers would use when treating patients. Medical professionals may be found to have committed negligence in the event they failed to meet this standard. Injuries resulting from medical negligence or malpractice may give patients and their families the right to file medical malpractice claims.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
While acts of medical malpractice or medical negligence can occur whenever a health care professional does or does not do something that causes injury or further harm, the most common cases in which a standard of care breach may have occurred includes:
- Birth injury – when improper treatment during pregnancy or labor harms the mother and/or unborn child
- Anesthesia errors – failure of an anesthesiologist to administer the correct type or dosage of anesthetic and/or failing to monitor a patient who is under anesthesia properly
- Surgery errors – surgical errors made during an operation can include performing on the wrong body part or patient, performing incorrect procedures, causing dangerous infections from failing to sterilize surgical instruments and leaving instruments inside patients after surgery
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnoses or failure to diagnose – when a medical professional gives a wrong diagnosis or fails to diagnose a condition such as cancer, it can affect the ability of a patient to receive proper treatment
- Medication errors – a doctor may prescribe the incorrect dosage of medication, or a patient is administered the incorrect dosage by nurses or hospital staff
Medical Malpractice Compensation and Damages
In New Jersey, a victim of malpractice may have the right to compensation for the following:
- Medical costs – Damages for medical bills can provide victims with a means to pay for both past and future medical treatment for injuries caused by malpractice. Those injuries can result in the need for on-going medical care well after the initial negligence occurred. Medication, physical therapy and rehabilitation are some examples of continued care medical malpractice victims may need.
- Pain and suffering – Pain and suffering damages allow a medical malpractice or negligence victim to gain compensation for the psychological impact of their injuries. Depression, anxiety and stress disorders can arise after acts of medical malpractice. Malpractice attorneys may use testimony from psychologists, other expert witnesses, family and loved ones that speak to the stress and loss of enjoyment of life caused by malpractice to support an award of pain and suffering damages.
- Punitive damages – This type of damage is intended to discourage future negligence from the medical professionals or facility at fault. While damages paid as compensation for medical bills as well as pain and suffering are not limited by the state, New Jersey does place a cap on punitive damages. Punitive damages are limited to $350,000 or 5 times the amount of compensatory damages paid to medical malpractice victims.
Malpractice Attorneys in South New Jersey
The Atlantic City personal injury attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. have successfully protected the rights of medical malpractice victims and their families for more than four decades. Named Best Law Firm by US News and World Report, our attorneys earned this recognition in part by conducting their law practice ethically and with the best interests of their clients in mind. Personal injury lawyer Donald G. Targan has also been consistently recognized as a Super Lawyer for his work in medical negligence cases.
If you are dealing with injuries a medical professional may have caused, talk to one of our medical malpractice lawyers today during a free case review with no obligation to hire our New Jersey law firm. We will answer your medical malpractice questions and give you legal advice, free of charge.