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Medical Malpractice Fact Sheet

Most of us are not doctors and nurses and we do not have extensive medical training. That is why when we are sick or injured, we rely on medical professionals to provide us with competent and quality care and concern. Unfortunately, this does not always happen:

  • A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that surgery errors accounted for about 34% of all medical malpractice cases based on inpatient incidents (errors in diagnosis made up 46% of medical malpractice claims based out on outpatient incidents).
  • A 2006 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that about 1/5 of medical malpractice victims were newborns and about 12% were over the age of 65.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that about 93% of medical malpractice cases settle and only about 7% go to trial.

When you have been injured because of the mistake of a medical provider, doctor, or nurse in Paterson, it is likely that you feel confused, betrayed, and afraid. You may be unaware of precisely how the medical mistake impacts your health or life expectancy. This can make it difficult for you to know what compensation you need. The legal counsel of a compassionate and competent medical malpractice attorney can mean the difference between physical and financial ruin for your family or a stable future for you and your loved ones.

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Common Types of Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can be committed by general practitioners or by a doctor practicing a specialty. As a result, there is a wide variety of injuries that can be caused by medical malpractice. Some of the more common injuries include:

Surgery Errors

When a surgeon accidentally leaves a surgical tool or foreign object inside your body or operates on the wrong body part or organ, a surgical error has occurred. These can cause needless pain and suffering and require additional surgeries to correct the mistake.

Errors in Diagnosis

A doctor who misdiagnoses your condition puts your health and very life in jeopardy. Misdiagnoses can result in needless and expensive medical treatments and drugs and can cost precious time treating your actual condition. In some cases, a misdiagnosis can actually shorten your lifespan.

Birth Defects and Birth Injuries

The birth of a child is supposed to be a happy and joyous occasion for a family. When a doctor does not follow accepted medical practices, however, injuries to the mother and/or to the newborn child can result. Some of these injuries can result in lifelong disabilities to the child.

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Medical malpractice injuries can easily result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when one factors in pain and suffering, additional medical care, lost wages and/or lost future earnings, and all the other losses such an incident can cause. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is committed to helping you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible to help compensate you for all of your losses.

Investigating Medical Malpractice Cases Requires Resour

Any lawsuit based on a personal injury requires a thorough investigation, and a medical malpractice case is no exception. Unlike the typical personal injury case based on negligence, a medical malpractice case requires you, the injured patient and plaintiff, to show that the care you received from your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare worker fell below the “standard of care” in the community. In other words, you must produce witnesses and evidence that establishes that no other reasonable healthcare worker would have provided the type of care you received, given your provider’s education, experience, and circumstances. It is not uncommon for a medical malpractice investigation to take months (or in some cases years) before a case is ready to go to trial.

Witnesses will be an important component of your medical malpractice case. Virtually every medical malpractice case will require you to provide medical experts who can testify as to your condition and who can comment on the level of care you received. These experts will need to be familiar with Paterson and the New Jersey area to be able to comment on the level of care you should have received had you gone to a reasonable healthcare provider. Your own testimony and that of anyone else who participated in the procedure or spoke with the healthcare provider about the procedure can be extremely useful in establishing that you received unreasonable care.


Documents and other types of tangible evidence are also very important in winning your medical malpractice case. Your medical records from before the procedure and after the procedure can establish the injuries you suffered and the costs you incurred as a result. This would include X-rays, medical bills, and statements and records from other doctors. If your negligent doctor was supposed to follow certain hospital policies or nationally-accepted protocols, copies of these need to be obtained and analyzed as part of the investigation into your case.

A thorough and proper investigation makes the presentation of your medical malpractice case easier and increases the chances of success. But the amount of time and resources needed to conduct the proper medical malpractice investigation is more than most injured patients can expend. At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we know what it takes to fully investigate your claim and prepare your case for trial and have the resources to accomplish this task.


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

Over the past 40 years, we have helped numerous New Jersey families recover compensation after being injured by medical mistakes.

$14.5 Million

We recovered $14.5 million for a child injured by a physician’s errors in managing post-operative care.

$7.5 million

We obtained $7.5 million for a newborn who suffers from cerebral palsy caused by doctors’ errors during birth.

$3.25 million

We recovered $3.25 million for a patient who was blinded during surgery due to medical errors in properly administering anesthesia.

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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