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How Are Emergency Room Medical Malpractice Cases Different?

If you have been injured due to emergency room medical malpractice, it can be difficult to know who is at fault. First responders, ER doctors and the hospital itself each play a part. Understanding their individual roles can help determine who may be liable. Who is at Fault? First responder crews may be protected from lawsuits by certain laws. Most states, including NJ, have these laws to safeguard the way emergency services are run. However, these crews can still be held responsible for causing you undue harm. To be liable, they need to have been intentionally reckless. For emergency room personnel, normal medical malpractice rules are used. Put simply, if a doctor makes a mistake that a different doctor in the same situation would not make, then the doctor who made the error could be liable. Usually, the doctor needs to have made a severe mistake to be found liable…
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Is Failure to Diagnose a Condition Considered Medical Malpractice?

When we’re ill, we expect things to be pretty simple. We go to the doctor, our doctors examine our symptoms, correctly diagnose us and treat us. However, when a doctor makes a mistake in diagnosing a medical condition, they put their patient’s life in danger. Failure to diagnose a medical condition is considered medical malpractice because not only is a possibly serious condition left untreated, other treatment plans can actually exacerbate the condition. Doctors often make mistakes in diagnosing patients due to the following reasons: Failure to address patient complaints Failure to review patient history and the patient’s family history Failure to order the appropriate tests Failure to review test results Failure to order repeat tests when the patient’s symptoms persist Failure to correctly interpret the test results Failure to prescribe the correct medications to the patient Failure to refer the patient to a specialist These can cause several types…
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How Do I Know If My Doctor Committed Medical Malpractice?

Medical errors were recently reported to be responsible for up to a third of all death in America, but how many of those could viably be considered medical malpractice? Doctors make mistakes, they’re only human after all, but not all mistakes amount to malpractice. Oftentimes, it can be hard to know the difference between what does and does not constitute malpractice. What Is Medical Malpractice? Simple mistakes are made all the time in hospitals. Nurses and doctors work very long shifts and typically stay very busy the entire time, and while that’s no excuse for causing harm, it does sometimes lead to lapses in judgement or small mistakes. Unfortunately, even the smallest mistake can be disastrous when it comes to healthcare. If a mistake is made, and it leads an injury, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit if: You have an established doctor/patient relationship The care…
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