Fact Sheet About Medical Malpractice
According to Diederich Healthcare statistics for 2015, New Jersey had the second highest per capita rate of medical malpractice payouts. Among their other findings:
- Patients between the ages of 40 – 59 were the most highly compensated for their injuries;
- Females received slightly more payouts than men, at a rate of 53% to 45%;
- 46% of medical malpractice payouts were inpatient injuries;
- Injuries that result in lifetime care for the patient were the fourth most common claim (13%), but were the most highly compensated at close to $1 million.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys
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Medical Malpractice Incidents
Doctors and nurses are human, and like all humans they make mistakes. But their mistakes can have life-altering consequences for their patients – injury, pain, and possibly the need for lifetime medical care. If you have been injured due to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. The Mercer County, NJ medical malpractice lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC can help.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
Whether caused by physician negligence, failure to follow proper procedure or lack of knowledge, the results of medical malpractice are the same – significant injury to the patient. There is no end to the type of injuries a patient may suffer due to medical malpractice, but some of the most common medical malpractice cases our attorneys have handled over more than 40 years in practice include:
Error in Diagnosis
Whether it is failure to make the correct diagnosis, or making an incorrect diagnosis, the doctor’s error causes the patient needless pain and suffering while their condition progresses untreated.
Botched delivery, failure to catch the signs of preterm labor, or complications due to caesarean section are just some of the birth injuries that can cause lifetime medical issues for the infant and mother.
Errors surrounding surgery can result in the wrong procedure being performed, surgical instruments being left in the body, perforated arteries and organs or infection due to improper sterilization of medical equipment.
Medication has the power to hurt as much as it does to help. Patients can suffer injuries such as seizure, internal bleeding or death due to the incorrect dispensing of medication, whether it is an overdose or under dose of prescribed medication or failure to ensure that the medication will not cause an adverse reaction in the patient due to allergies or other medications already being taken.
Hospitals are havens for bacteria and viruses, which can compound a patient’s medical condition, or create a new one entirely, if proper sterilization procedures are not followed. Patients not properly cared for may also suffer from bedsores or infections if they are not moved or bathed regularly.
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The medical malpractice lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, have helped Mercer County, NJ residents recover for injuries suffered due to a physician or other medical professional’s error.
Investigating Medical Malpractice Requires Resources
Investigating a Mercer County, NJ medical malpractice claim requires not only legal and medical knowledge, but money and resources as well. With attorneys and paralegals who are also licensed medical professionals, Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC is unique among other Mercer County, NJ medical malpractice lawyers, because we have both the medical and legal knowledge to understand the medical complexities of your case.
Preparation for every medical malpractice case begins with a thorough review of the case notes, treatment plans, medical imaging and other information that deals with the incident that caused your injury. This review also may include a second review by an independent medical expert in the field of your injury to ensure that we have a clear understanding of what mistakes were made in your care and what proper treatment should have entailed.
If the case proceeds to trial it will require that you take the stand to describe the care you received and the impact the doctor’s error has had on your life. Because opposing counsel is entitled to question you, our preparation will include mock cross-examinations so you can be prepared for the line of questioning you may encounter and be ready with responses that show the jury that your injury could only have been caused by the physician’s negligence.
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