Fact Sheet: Medical Malpractice
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the majority of patients who are injured by medical negligence do not file a lawsuit. Medical malpractice injures thousands of people each year, sometimes resulting in significant physical, emotional, and psychological injuries to patients. When we seek medical help from a professional, we have the right to expect that the treatment we receive will make us better, not cause new medical problems. Unfortunately, medical malpractice occurs on a regular basis, sometimes with devastating results. The Civil Justice Resource Group collects and publishes information regarding medical malpractice in the United States. Some of the highlights of their research include the following facts:
- About 1 percent of people who seek treatment in hospitals experience medical complications due to the negligence of a medical professional.
- According to medical records, between 25,000 and 120,000 people suffer fatal complications because of medical malpractice each year.
- Only 2.9 percent of people injured by medical malpractice file legal claims.
- 4.8 percent of physicians are responsible for half of all medical malpractice claims.
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Red Bank, New Jersey is home to several hospitals, urgent care centers, clinics, and doctor’s offices.
As a result, there is ample opportunity for anyone who seeks care in Red Bank to become the victim of medical malpractice. Fortunately, in many cases, the attorneys of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have the skill and experience required to help victims of medical malpractice recover for their injuries.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today at 888-572-7388 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
There are a number of ways that medical malpractice can occur in a medical setting. As a result, there are a number of injuries and medical conditions that could potentially be the result of medical malpractice. Red Bank patients who are injured by medical malpractice have the right to recover for the injuries they sustain as a result of medical negligence. Some of the more common injuries that often occur as a result of medical malpractice include the following:
Complications that arise because of an incorrect or delayed diagnosis
In some cases, a physician may not perform adequate testing on a patient or may simply miss observations necessary to make an accurate diagnosis. When this occurs, patients may suffer unnecessary injury as a result of the medical negligence of the physician who evaluated them.
Injury caused by incorrect medication
Prescribing the wrong medication can cause significant injuries to patients. Not only do patients not get the treatment they need, they also are exposed to the risks of adverse effects as a result of taking a medication that was not intended for their use. In addition, in some cases, a physician or other medical professional may also administer or prescribe the wrong dosage of the correct medication, a situation which also has the potential of causing serious injury.
Errors during surgery can have devastating results. In some cases, surgeons operate on the wrong body part, the wrong patient, leave surgical instruments inside of a patient’s incision, use unsterilized instruments, or make other mistakes that can result in serious injury to patients.
Errors in the administration of anesthesia
Patients who receive incorrectly administered anesthesia can suffer extremely serious injuries, including pain during a surgical procedure or even severe allergic reactions.
There are a number of injuries that can occur during the birthing process that have the potential to cause serious injuries to both mothers and newborn children. Some of the more common birth injuries that occur as a result of medical negligence include brain trauma, cerebral palsy, and injuries associated with a lack of oxygen.
Nosocomial infections are infections that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for another condition. These infections are often the result of medical negligence such as unsanitary conditions or inadequate care.
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Investigating Medical Malpractice Requires Resources
Physicians, hospital administrators, and others involved in the medical care industry are aware of the fact that medical malpractice does occur and patients often have the right to significant recovery. Consequently, medical professionals have specialized insurers as well as teams of attorneys who understand how to limit liability in medical malpractice cases. As a result, it is important for victims of medical malpractice to retain their own legal team to conduct a thorough investigation into a medical malpractice claim.
In many cases, these types of investigations are extremely complicated and victims should be certain to retain a law firm that understands how to conduct medical malpractice investigations and has a track record of success in litigating medical malpractice claims.
Medical malpractice claims often involve highly specialized medical issues that often require the assistance of an experienced specialist to fully understand. In order to litigate these claims, plaintiffs often must retain expert witnesses who will testify as to the appropriate standard of care and the deviation from that standard that caused the injury.
In addition, in many cases, an injured plaintiff must also obtain and present detailed medical records connecting the injury to the alleged negligence. In many cases, the assistance of an attorney can make the process of obtaining evidence in support of your position significantly easier that it would be if you tried to do it on your own.Contact the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today to take advantage of a free consultation today.
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