Health care professionals are charged with certain performance standards within their fields of expertise. Most of us understand that any medical procedure or treatment has a certain degree of risk involved. But we believe patients are entitled to expect the provider's care to be the best possible. Unfortunately, sometimes that trust has been misplaced. Preventable injuries do sometimes happen because someone somewhere along the treatment line committed medical malpractice.
Residents of New Jersey rely on medical professionals to deliver quality, safe services from the pediatrician's office to the operating room. However, physicians and other health care professionals are still people, and people can make mistakes. Tragically, mistakes in the medical field can lead to serious consequences for the person being treated.
New Jersey residents will be interested to hear of a woman who was faced with the choice of whether or not to continue taking anti-depression medication after learning that she was pregnant with twins. She had a prescription for Zoloft, and if she stopped taking the drug, she felt she would have an especially difficult time dealing with the pregnancy. Knowing how bad her depression could be, she also feared she wouldn't be able to properly care for her newborns if she stopped taking the medication.
A New Jersey man was experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains when he visited South Jersey Healthcare-Regional Medical Center. The doctor who treated the man diagnosed him with a mere virus and sent him home without a prescription. The next day, the ailing man, fearing his imminent death, quickly wrote up a will that named his best friend as the executor of his estate. The sick man soon collapsed and lost consciousness from what was later determined to be a pulmonary embolism. Sadly, he was declared deceased when he arrived at the hospital.