Experiencing any forceful contact to the head that disrupts natural functions is the commonly accepted definition of traumatic brain injury. It's often referred to as a TBI. On occasion, a brain injury is the result of an illness or stroke, but they are known as acquired brain injuries. When a TBI is the result of an accident, especially if it is caused by someone's negligence or carelessness, the victim may attempt to get compensation for the injury through insurance claims or a lawsuit.
While it would be wonderful for all medical treatments and procedures to go exactly as planned, the medical world is fueled by people, and people do make mistakes. In some cases, treatment doesn't turn out as hoped even though no mistake is made. Given these truths, how do you know when you might have the basis for a medical malpractice suit?
It is one of the most devastating injuries New Jersey residents can suffer: traumatic brain injury. It's also a serious public health problem all across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains a TBI is caused by a jolt, bump or blow to the head. It can also be the result of an intrusive injury that disrupts brain function.
In a review of 2013 medical malpractice payouts for the country, Diederich Healthcare notes that payouts increased overall for the first time since 2003. The statistics also included information about the top states for medical malpractice settlements and payouts for the year, and New Jersey was among the top five states.
One man is dead following a collision between a garbage truck and a Hyundai Elantra in New Jersey. The accident, which took place on Wednesday, Nov. 12, is under investigation by police and the prosecutor's office, according to reports.
According to statistics, medical malpractice cases accounted for over $3 billion in payouts to injured parties in 2012. For many patients, however, it can be difficult to understand whether medical malpractice occurred, and residents of New Jersey may wonder what to do if they suspect they were injured due to a medical provider error or negligence.
Most New Jersey doctors and hospital staff are caring, conscientious professionals who have their patients' best interests at heart. However, like all hardworking people, they can be distracted, fatigued and stressed. In the worst case scenario, medical malpractice occurs because of negligence or careless disregard for proper standard of care.
Malpractice is defined as a dereliction of professional duty or a professional's failure to skillfully render services, resulting in injury, damage or loss. This can include inadvertent doctor error or an improper, negligent act. Accountability can be sought from any health care professional who fails to maintain the standard of care in his or her field. There are certain New Jersey laws to be considered when seeking compensation in instances of alleged medical malpractice.
About 30 miles to the west of Burlington County, a family mourns the loss of a wife and daughter. Adding to their grief, they must find a way to care for her severely brain-damaged infant son. Her husband and mother filed a lawsuit against that city claiming medical malpractice and defective equipment caused their losses in 2012. Seeking compensation and accountability from those responsible will help them recover and may provide the financial security needed for the future.
A settlement has been proposed in a class action suit involving college athletes and head injuries. According to reports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has agreed to the settlement, which would involve the creation of a fund worth $70 million to cover the costs for testing of thousands of college athletes, both current and present.