Doctor Negligence and Medical Malpractice

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 3:42pm by

People expect a certain peace of mind from a doctor. Hospitals and doctors maintain our health and provide treatment and comfort. However, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that between 44,000 and 100,000 people die every year from medical malpractice, with emergency room errors causing about half of those fatalities. Other causes of death include medication errors, hospital infections and unnecessary surgeries.

Data from the National Practitioner Data Bank shows that approximately 35,000 doctors have had two or more malpractice payouts since 1990, but only 7.6 percent of them received any disciplinary action.

In short, doctors can make mistakes. It is important to know that you have a right to compensation for those mistakes. Many people express concern that signing a consent form waives their right to sue. An Atlantic City injury lawyer can answer your questions about doctor negligence and medical malpractice claims.

Medical Malpractice Claims in New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services released a study showing that in 2007, New Jersey hospitals committed 9,400 serious errors, which threatened their patients’ health. The law allows anyone who has suffered from medical errors to sue the medical personnel and/or hospital.

In New Jersey, medical malpractice is a failure of the doctor to exercise the standard of care established by the profession and the law. Common medical malpractice claims in New Jersey include:

  • Birth injuries
  • Surgical mistakes and medication errors
  • Emergency room errors
  • Delayed and mistaken diagnosis

As in all lawsuits, there is a limited time to file a medical malpractice claim in New Jersey. The period differs for birth injuries and for patients who are minors. Contact an Atlantic City injury attorney for a free case evaluation.