When residents of Burlington County think of medical malpractice, they probably think of cases involving doctor errors or wrong medications. One very common issue that can be medical malpractice is a simple failure to treat. This is especially true for common medical conditions with well-known treatments; if such conditions are missed or treatments aren't issued in a timely manner, the issues can exacerbate, becoming much more serious and even leading to death.
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.
Patients who need surgery are never guaranteed a positive outcome. Burlington residents know that. It's reasonable to assume, however, that the doctors and medical staff involved in an operation won't make avoidable mistakes.
There are many reasons for personal injury lawsuits to be filed. It doesn't matter if you live in New Jersey or any other area of the country. Seeking compensation when you've been injured by another person is something that our legal system supports. When the injury is proven to be caused by doctor error, medical and other needs may be provided by holding the practitioner accountable.
Family members in another state find themselves able to proceed with a medical malpractice suit thanks to an Appeals Court ruling. In question is the possible hospital negligence that resulted in the death of an 80-year-old woman. Complex legal questions surrounded the matter – the same type of procedural issues that could be found in New Jersey courts – but the case will now go forward as this husband and eight children seek compensation and accountability for their loss.
In what might be a parent's worst nightmare, including New Jersey parents, a 3-year-old girl died after being administered sedation for oral surgery at a dentist's office on Oahu, Hawaii. The dentist whose office performed the sedation has been closed by that state.
A southern New Jersey medical office claims to practice "rejuvenative" medicine, including cellulite reduction, skin tightening and plastic surgery, to name a few available treatments. Website photos of the center's owner, a physician, show him lifting weights. As picture perfect as it all seems, this beauty-enhancing center has an ugly steroid problem.