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New Jersey introduces bill that may limit malpractice suits

Recently, the New Jersey legislature has introduced a bill that would increase protections doctors accused of medical negligence. Currently, New Jersey ranks sixth in the nation in successful medical malpractice claims, driving up the cost of insurance premiums for doctors. The bill's supporters argue that the rise of team-based health care and the growing number of patients mandate that limits be placed on medical malpractice suits.

New Jersey doctor has license revoked after ignoring restrictions

Recently, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners revoked the license of a Passaic County physician after it found that he had disregarded restrictions on his license. The doctor worked at a spine rehabilitation center, where he performed pre-anesthesia assessments for patients and follow-up consultations with surgery patients. However, both activities were prohibited by restrictions placed on his license due to medical malpractice payments made on his behalf in two cases. He was then ordered to undergo an evaluation, and was prohibited from providing direct medical care or prescribing medications.

Surgery mistakes that should "never" happen continue to occur

It may not always be an easy decision to undergo surgery. But patients in New Jersey likely turn to the advice of a doctor or medical professional and trust them when surgery is recommended. For the most part, this trust is well founded but there continue to be instances of negligence. Medical malpractice is especially frustrating when it stems from so-called "never" events, meaning mistakes that should never ever happen.

Did medical malpractice play a role in meningitis outbreak?

Readers in Mt. Laurel have likely been following the developing story regarding the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. The growing problem is linked to a tainted steroid made by a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in the northeast. In all, the outbreak has caused at least 250 reported cases and over 20 deaths - although those numbers seem to grow every day. Reports indicate that the steroid was used to inject thousands of people in 16 states, including many here New Jersey.

Med tech infects patients; sheds light on hiring standard of care

New Jersey residents are probably aware of a recent hepatitis outbreak that is emerging in neighboring states and across the country. Details of the work of a travelling medical technician are raising concerns in medical facilities in at least eight states. The man is accused of spreading hepatitis C.

Mixed feelings about medical malpractice legislation in NJ

Individuals in New Jersey may want to be aware of legislation that, while not passed in the final legislative session, still has strong support from volunteer doctors. The hotly debated legislation would protect doctors from medical malpractice lawsuits. However, the only doctors who would be shielded are those who volunteer and give free medical care to people who cannot otherwise afford it.

New Jersey anesthesiologist suspended for malpractice

When Cherry Hill residents have to undergo a surgical procedure, most often they are confident in the doctor's skills. The vast majority of doctors are entirely capable of completing the surgery to which they are assigned, but what happens when the doctor is not qualified? This is where medical malpractice suits come in.

New Jersey medical board slacks on disciplining negligent doctors

New Jersey residents who visit a doctor for any reason trust that they are in good hands with a medical professional. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors make mistakes, and when negligence results in injury to a patient, there is likely grounds to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

Old Bridge doctor investigated for over-prescription of drugs

A New Jersey doctor is likely to have his medical license suspended after an undercover investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration showed the doctor prescribed addictive medication when it wasn't necessary. A complaint filed with the Board of Medical Examiners in Trenton claims the doctor, of Old Bridge, recklessly prescribed anabolic steroids and painkillers to his patients.

Depression medications may risk health of newborns

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.

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