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Fact Sheet about Medical Malpractice Claims: When Patients Get Hurt

Diederich Healthcare, an insurance provider, conducts annual analyses on medical malpractice payouts for New Jersey, among other states. In its report for 2014, the results for New Jersey indicate that:

  • 95% of the medical malpractice lawsuits that were filed in New Jersey in 2014 were settled out of court, which is slightly below the national average of 96%.
  • 38% of the medical malpractice claims were based on a faulty diagnosis.
  • 18% of the medical malpractice claims related to issues during surgery.
  • 16% of the medical malpractice claims involved obstetrics.

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Medical Malpractice Incidents

Medical malpractice claims can arise from a number of sources, such as accidents, mistakes, instances where oversight was lacking, miscommunications and other sources. Trenton has a number of hospitals, emergency care facilities, and treatment centers, and it is more likely than not that some instances of medical malpractice will occur.

Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Injuries

An injury from medical malpractice can find its source in any number of negligent actions taken by the medical professional administering your care. Some of the more common causes of medical malpractice claims are:

Use of Defective Equipment

Medical devices are technology, and sometimes technology malfunctions. When medical devices malfunction, it can cause a patient serious injuries. Equipment should be tested regularly by medical staff.

Patient Information Mix-Ups

Sometimes patient information can get mixed up, and the end result is that a patient gets treatment meant for someone else. This is a common cause of surgical error and medication error in hospitals.

Failure to Anticipate Birth Complications

During birth, the umbilical cord can become tangled or compressed, which can cause a lack of oxygen to the brain of the baby. This can cause the baby to exhibit signs of fetal distress, which if ignored, could cause injury to the child.

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Over the years, Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has worked with many clients in the Trenton area to obtain the justice they deserve after they have been injured by a medical professional. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to handling all kinds of medical malpractice claims, and we can help you.

Investigating Medical Malpractice Cases Requires Resources

Building a medical malpractice case is a huge undertaking. It requires a large amount of up-front capital and time to conduct a thorough investigation into your injury claim. The facts of the case will need to be reviewed and compared to the evidence to determine the extent of the injury, how it happened, and whether it was avoidable or preventable if the doctor had acted in alignment with the appropriate standard of care. You’ll need a law firm with experience, resources, and dedication to fully investigate your claim, and the medical malpractice lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC are right for the job.

Investigating a medical malpractice claim isn’t a one-person job. It actually involves a number of different individuals all contributing to a wealth of evidence in support of your claim. There will be witnesses with testimony to offer, expert medical specialists with opinions about the care you received and whether your injury was preventable, and your own detailed account of what happened to cause your injury. All of these people play an important role in building your medical malpractice case.


Similarly, various pieces of evidence are important to your claim, such as medical records, test results, medical scans, physical evidence, photographic evidence, and any other relevant evidence that supports your claims. It takes a lot of work to find and collect all of the available evidence in a medical malpractice case, and the medical malpractice lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have the experience to know where to look for supporting evidence and how to get it.

No matter where you seek medical care, there is always the risk that an accident might happen or some act of negligence might occur. The Trenton medical malpractice lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC are fully committed to helping victims of medical malpractice and medical negligence obtain the recovery they need in order to be compensated for their injury.


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