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Fact Sheet About Medical Malpractice

New Jersey individuals and families depend on their doctors’ and nurses’ skills, education, and training to help them manage their health and quickly treat any illnesses or disorders that may develop. But doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are human and prone to committing careless acts or having lapses in judgment. This can give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Did you know that, according to a 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine:

  • The majority of medical malpractice injury victims were females and were, on average, 38 years of age?
  • Obstetricians-gynecologists (OBGYNs) were most likely to have a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against them?
  • Prevailing injured patients who brought a medical malpractice lawsuit recovered, on average, over $400,000 if their case settled and nearly $800,000 if their case went to trial before a jury?
  • Less than one-quarter of injured patients who take their medical malpractice case to trial before a jury succeed in their case and are able to recover compensation?

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Injured patients in New Jersey whose injuries are the result of medical carelessness find themselves in a difficult position. Compensation is available for their injuries and losses, but first they must prove that their doctor, nurse, or other medical professional rendered care that was objectively unreasonable and careless given the professional’s specialty, age, education, and the community in which the injury occurred. The skilled attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can give injured patients an advantage when they have been injured by a medical professional.

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

When a doctor or other healthcare worker fails to take the proper precautions when treating a patient, the patient may suffer serious, debilitating injuries. In some cases, the patient may die: in other cases, the patient’s life expectancy or chance of survival may be diminished. The patient may also need to seek additional medical care to treat or manage the harm done by the negligent professional. Some common types of injuries resulting from acts of medical malpractice include:


Where the professional either diagnoses the patient with the wrong ailment or fails to detect an ailment at all.

Medication errors

Can occur when a doctor does not clearly explain to a pharmacist or to the patient how a prescribed medication is supposed to be taken or if the doctor prescribes a medication that interacts negatively with another medication the patient is taking

Operations on the wrong side

Of the patient or the removal of the incorrect limb happens at an alarming rate. Not only is the patient harmed and has had a functioning body part unnecessarily removed, but the body part that did need treatment or removal is still present and causing harm to the patient.

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Whatever the precise nature of your injury, the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are equipped to help you recover the compensation you need to address your medical expenses, costs of additional treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other similar losses.

Investigating Medical Malpractice Requires Resources

Medical malpractice cases in New Jersey are notoriously complex matters that can require careful investigation and consultation with medical experts in order for the injured patient-plaintiff to have a reasonable chance of succeeding in collecting compensation. Unfortunately for most patient-plaintiffs, the time and resources these investigations and consultations require are greater than the time and resources they have available to them. That is why it is important to retain the services of a New Jersey medical malpractice law firm that is able to efficiently conduct the necessary investigation and consultations in order to prepare your medical malpractice case for trial.

Expert witnesses play a crucial role in your medical malpractice case. These individuals – usually medical professionals with a considerable amount of experience practicing in the same medical field as the allegedly-negligent doctor or professional in your case – are called upon to review the records in your case and render an informed opinion as to whether the actions of your doctor or healthcare worker met minimum acceptable standards for medical care. In addition to expert witnesses, your own testimony and the testimony of any other professionals or medical workers present in the room at the time of the alleged malpractice (such as other doctors, nurses, employees, etc.) will work together to “paint a picture” for the judge or jury as to how you were injured and the role that medical negligence played in causing your injuries.


The testimony of your expert and lay witnesses will need to be bolstered and corroborated with objective evidence. This increases the credibility of your witnesses’ testimony in the eyes of the judge and/or jury. Your medical records will be important in establishing the care and treatments you did – and did not – receive around the time of your injuries. The results of any tests or procedures conducted after your injury in order to diagnose and/or correct the injuries you received will also play an important role in your medical malpractice case. Finally, any procedural manuals, hospital policy manuals, or written and accepted “standards of care” can be extremely helpful in showing what the allegedly-negligent professional ought to have done in your case.

The New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have over 40 years of experience in investigating and presenting medical malpractice cases in court. This means our firm has the resources and experience necessary to conduct a thorough and complete investigation into your case quickly and efficiently. This means that we are able to inform you in a timely manner of your precise legal rights and take swift action to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.


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Over 40 Years of Outstanding Results and Hundreds of Millions Recovered for our Medical Malpractice Victims and Others

It is easy for any law firm to claim they will work hard to help medical malpractice victims recover compensation: Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., however, is able to back this statement up with decades of verifiable experience and documented settlements and verdicts. We our proud of our firm’s long history of helping New Jersey families recover compensation after a medical malpractice incident, including:

$3 Million

Recovering $3 million on behalf of a woman who suffered a stroke because her doctor failed to make a proper diagnosis.

$3.25 million

Obtaining $3.25 million on behalf of an injured patient blinded because of a medical error in administering anesthesia.

$7.5 million

Recovering $7.5 million on behalf of the family of a newborn infant born with cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence during the child’s delivery.

$14.5 million

Securing $14.5 million on behalf of a child who suffered brain damage because the doctor failed to properly manage the child’s post-operative care.

While results in prior cases do not guarantee similar results in your case the following listing of recent case victories should hopefully provide you with the assurance that we are experienced and know how to get you the compensation you deserve.

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