Doctors and medical professionals are instrumental to our health and well-being. In most cases, they do a terrific job in helping patients stay well and maintain their health.
However, in some instances, doctors and health care providers can make mistakes that result in injury or death. When these tragic mishaps occur, you or your family members can file a medical malpractice claim to receive compensation for your losses. If you or a loved one have been injured because of mistakes made by a healthcare professional, you should contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer with offices serving all of New Jersey.
Reasons for a Medical Malpractice Claim
There are a variety of reasons for filing a medical malpractice claim. Medical mistakes by medical professionals can involve the following.
- Inappropriate treatment or care
- Misdiagnosis of a disease or illness
- Prescription mistakes
- Improper medical procedures or surgeries
- A delay in treatment or care
- Not explaining the side effects of a medicine or medical procedure
A Physician’s Duty to Patients
All medical professionals have a duty to treat patients in a manner to reduce possible injuries to the patient. A physician’s duty involved the following four elements.
- Medical knowledge and understanding through proper training and education
- Possess the required skills to treat patients correctly
- A level of care that meets industry standards
- Exercise judgment that is consistent with acceptable medical practices
When a doctor or medical professional fails to meet these standards, he or she breaches the duty to appropriately treat and care for patients and may be held responsible for medical negligence. A Medical Malpractice Lawyer with offices in Oakhurst, Howell, and Ocean Township, can examine your case to find out if a physician or medical professional has broken his or her duty to a patient.
Medical Professionals that can be Sued for Medical Malpractice
The basis of a medical malpractice claim usually focuses on negligent behavior or a failure to provide sufficient care to an individual. A variety of medical professionals or health organizations may be sued for medical malpractice, such as:
- Doctors and nurses
- Medical assistants and technicians
- Pharmaceutical firms
- Hospital (public and private)
- Clinics and other medical facilities
Damages Awarded to Injured Patients
There are many different types of damages that an injured patient may seek from a doctor or medical professional who causes an injury. These damages may include medical bills, pain and suffering, or punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded when there is evidence of extreme recklessness, malicious behavior, or fraudulent activities by a medical professional.
Under New Jersey law, there is a time limit to file a medical malpractice claim. According to NJ statute of limitations, an injured patient has up to two years to file a lawsuit against a physician or healthcare professional for medical malpractice.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer serving all of New Jersey
Medical malpractice can have devastating effects on your life. It can involve long-lasting injuries, on-going medical care or death in some instances. If you or your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Schibell Law.
Medical malpractice law is complex. The medical malpractice lawyers at Schibell Law serve clients across New Jersey and they will help you better understand the law. Furthermore, they can help you navigate the process of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit and obtain the compensation you deserve. Call 732-774-1000 for more information or to set up a free case evaluation.