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Fact Sheet about Medical Malpractice

The Civil Justice Resource Group compiles information regarding medical malpractice cases in the United States and the types of patients who become victims of medical malpractice. Some statistics regarding medical malpractice in the United States include the following:

  • Approximately 1 percent of all hospital patients suffer complications due to the negligent acts of medical professionals, also known as medical malpractice.
  • 25,000 to 120,000 individuals die due to the effects of medical malpractice as recorded in medical records.
  • About four times as many instances of medical malpractice go unreported on an annual basis.

Monmouth County, New Jersey is the home to several hospitals and medical centers that treat numerous patients on a daily basis. The reality is patients at these medical facilities may fall victim to some type of substandard medical care or malpractice and suffer unnecessary injury as a result.

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Medical Malpractice Incidents

The lawyers at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC understand the nature of the injuries suffered due to medical malpractice in Monmouth County and the losses that victims of medical malpractice can suffer as a result.

Common Types of Injuries Caused By Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can occur in a wide variety of ways and, therefore, has the potential to cause a wide range of injuries and conditions to victims. Patients in Monmouth County deserve to recover for any unnecessary injury they suffer as a result of a negligent medical professional. Some examples of injury caused by medical malpractice include the following:

Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

If a doctor does not evaluate or test a patient thoroughly enough to make a correct diagnosis, the failure to receive the necessary treatment can result in the significant worsening of a patient’s condition or the development of unnecessary complications.

Incorrect Medication

If a prescription is not correctly written, filled, or administered, not only will a patient lose the benefits of the medication they were supposed to receive, but further run the risk of adverse reactions to the incorrect medication they took.

Surgical Injuries

Surgical errors can result in serious infections and injuries and include operating on the wrong body part, leaving foreign objects inside a patient, not adequately sterilizing equipment, operating while impaired or fatigued, and more.

Anesthesia Errors

If a patient receives the incorrect dosage or type of anesthesia, they can suffer severe allergic reactions, may experience severe pain during a procedure, or may even die due to overdose.

Birth Injuries

Many different types of birth injuries can be sustained by either the mother or the child due to failure to identify certain issues or other negligent care during pregnancy or childbirth. Brain trauma, cerebral palsy, oxygen deprivation, and more can result from malpractice during childbirth.

Hospital Infections

Infections may be acquired during a patient’s time in the hospital, sometimes due to negligence or spread due to untimely diagnosis. Unsterile equipment, exposure to toxins, and other negligent acts may lead to nosocomial infections.

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At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. in Monmouth County, our attorneys understand the potential complications in investigating medical malpractice cases and have the resources necessary to complete the necessary thorough investigation.

Investigating Medical Malpractice Requires Resources

Hospitals and medical professionals are well aware of the risks of medical malpractice and the cost and effects of a malpractice claim. For this reason, they have insurance and legal teams prepared to limit liability in even the clearest of medical malpractice cases. Performing the investigation necessary in this type of case is often challenging and complicated, and you should always consult with a law firm that understands how to properly conduct such investigation.

As you may imagine, medical malpractice cases often involve a large amount of technical medical information. As a result, the analysis of medical experts is often needed to sufficiently determine and prove that medical malpractice caused your injury. Such experts will need to evaluate whether the medical professional in question fell below the requisite standard of care and whether that negligence caused or increased the risk of harm.


In order to prove doctor negligence in a medical malpractice case, you will often have to present detailed medical testimony, experts and records showing that you did not receive the proper care. This can be complicated as the doctor in question may be the one who completed your records and likely will not volunteer information regarding negligent actions or omissions in your treatment. Therefore, gathering evidence in a medical malpractice case requires certain skills and resources.

At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC in Monmouth County, our attorneys understand the potential complications in investigating medical malpractice cases and have the resources necessary to complete the necessary thorough investigation. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. offers free consultations, so please do not hesitate to call our office at 888-818-2562 to speak with a lawyer for free today.


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