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Fact Sheet About Medical Malpractice

A recent study conducted by John Hopkins University and published in The BMJ found that if medical errors were a disease, it would be the third leading cause of death in Americans – behind heart disease and stroke – and would claim about 250,000 lives each year. Statistics reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that:

For medical errors conducted in an inpatient setting, surgical errors were the most common medical error complained of;
In the outpatient setting, failure to diagnose was the most common medical error that led to a medical malpractice lawsuit;
The average compensation recovered by injured patients varied between approximately $300,000 and $360,000, with patients injured in an inpatient setting receiving more and those injured in an outpatient setting receiving less.

If you are an injured patient in Elizabeth, you should not have to suffer and bear the costs of your doctor’s or surgeon’s negligence alone. Through a medical malpractice lawsuit, the experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you recover the compensation you need to move forward with your life and provide for your family’s future needs.

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Christopher M. Placitella

Christopher M. Placitella

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Stewart L. Cohen

Stewart L. Cohen

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Harry M. Roth

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Common Types of Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Failing to diagnose

This includes failing to order appropriate tests to discover health problems or failing to properly read the results of any such tests, both of which can prevent a patient from receiving timely and (in some cases) life-saving treatment.

Prescription errors

Prescribing the wrong drug for the patient’s condition, prescribing a drug that interacts negatively with other drugs, or errors in filling a prescription can all be considered acts of malpractice that can cause serious injury or death to the patient

Surgical mistakes

A surgeon who mistakenly operates on the wrong body part or leaves a foreign object in the patient may have committed an act of malpractice.

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While a medical malpractice lawsuit cannot undo any damage caused by a medical professional, it can help you address treatment costs and other expenses and losses the act of malpractice caused. You only have a limited time within which to seek compensation, however, so it is important you take prompt action following your medical malpractice injury.

Investigating Medical Malpractice Requires Resources

Medical malpractice cases have a reputation for being some of the most complicated civil cases to prepare and present. You and your attorney will need to be familiar with medical terminology and how to read medical notes and reports. Your attorney will need to have medical experts available who can assist in examining and interpreting your medical records. Without this investment of time and energy, your medical malpractice case may be swiftly dismissed.

People – both lay witnesses and experts – will need to be consulted and testify as part of your case. The doctor or surgeon who allegedly committed malpractice will undoubtedly be a key witness, but so will any other doctor that treated you after the alleged act of malpractice occurred. Nursing staff or other lay witnesses who observed your injuries or how the alleged malpractice impacted your mobility or health can also be very helpful witnesses. Your family and friends can also provide important information about the impact your injuries have had on you. Lastly, medical experts who either examined you or examined your medical records and case will need to be called as witnesses in your medical malpractice case so they can provide their expert opinion as to whether your doctor or surgeon acted reasonably under the circumstances.


The testimony of these witnesses will need to be supported by evidence. Your own medical records and the notes made by doctors, surgeons, and/or nursing staff. Any charts, X-rays, or reports that were produced as part of the alleged act of malpractice or any such charts or reports produced after the act of malpractice will also be necessary evidence. To obtain compensation for lost wages, you will need to supply pay stubs and/or attendance records showing how much time you missed from work. Of course, medical invoices or bills from any providers you saw to help correct the harm caused by the negligent doctor will need to be preserved and submitted if you are to obtain compensation for these expenses.

Finding these witnesses and evidence is a time-consuming task – one that many injured patients cannot complete on their own. That is why you need the assistance of an experienced and resourceful Elizabeth medical malpractice lawyer. At Cohen, Placitella, & Roth, P.C. our medical malpractice team is equipped to investigate and prepare your case in a prompt and efficient manner, which means your case is ready for trial quickly.


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

At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we are proud of our legacy and tradition of helping patients and their families in Elizabeth and throughout New Jersey hold their medical providers accountable for the injuries and harm their negligence or recklessness causes. Our results include:

$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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