Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Nurse on a blue backgroundRepresenting New Jersey’s Victims of Medical Malpractice

Have you or a loved one been injured by a health care professional?  Sometimes the health care providers have caused suffering and death through negligence, carelessness, misdiagnosis, or misjudgment.  If you or a loved one has been injured, we can help you understand your legal rights and procure financial compensation for your injuries.  Our malpractice team has recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Medical malpractice encompasses a broad range of issues, including:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Emergency room errors
  • Prescription errors and overdoses
  • Birth injuries
  • Anesthesia error
  • Improper consent
  • Hospital-acquired or post-surgical infections
  • Improper care and follow-up
  • And many others too numerous to detail

Medical malpractice is a type of negligence that occurs when health care professionals fail to meet the medical standard of care. In ordinary negligence cases, the standard of care is typically that which would be expected from a typical, reasonable person. In medical malpractice cases, by contrast, the standard of care is based on the training and expertise of similar professionals. Medical malpractice lawsuits differ from other personal injury cases because they involve both law and medicine. These cases are inherently complex and require the attention and skill of an attorney who is well-versed in both of these areas. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice or have a loved one who has suffered or is suffering because of the negligence of a health care professional, contact Cohn Lifland today.

Surgical Errors

If you or a loved one have undergone surgery, you hope that everything goes well and the doctor declares the procedure a success. In some unfortunate cases, mistakes are made. Though mistakes happen in surgery, it does not automatically mean that you have a case for medical malpractice. In order for the law to consider the mistake medical malpractice, the surgery must have fallen below the acceptable medical standard of care and, in turn, caused you harm. Simply put, a surgical error is a preventable mistake that occurs during surgery. Though there is an inherent risk involved in all surgeries, surgical errors go far beyond the known risks. They are unexpected and avoidable.

Birth Injuries

Parenthood is a challenging experience. Unfortunately, there are many situations that can arise, negatively impacting the celebration. Birth injuries may happen at the hands of negligent medical professionals. These injuries affect a child’s life and burden parents with medical bills, extraordinary child care, and other unforeseen, long-term consequences. Two of the most severe cases of birth injuries are cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy. In some cases, families who face these birth injuries have a medical malpractice case.

Incorrect Diagnosis

When a patient puts trust in a medical professional, he or she hopes to be in the hands of a competent person. Effective medical care needs to be prompt and correct. When you go to your doctor for an unknown problem or symptom, you believe that he or she will do a thorough job, meeting or exceeding a certain level of care. You believe that your doctor will exhaust every appropriate medical test in order to determine your ailment. In some unfortunate cases, a doctor’s diagnosis is incorrect. If you believe that your doctor’s negligence has led to an incorrect diagnosis, you should contact a law firm immediately.

Medication Errors

Medication has many uses. If you are hurt, it can relieve pain. If you are sick, it can cure you. If you suffer from a long-term problem, it can improve your quality of life. If a medical professional deviates from the standard of care regarding medication, you can be severely injured. The wrong medication has been also known to kill. Health care providers have a level of care they must satisfy regarding medicating a patient in a variety of medical situations. They have a responsibility to use caution when prescribing, administering, filling, and assessing the medication you take. Unfortunately, medication errors occur regularly at the hands of negligent health care professionals.

Failure to Diagnose

When we go to a doctor, we hope that they will employ all appropriate medical means to diagnose our illness in a timely manner. If you go to a doctor, you are entitled to believe that he or she will meet or exceed the medical standard. If your doctor fails to diagnose a serious illness, it could lead to inadequate treatment or no treatment at all for a life-threatening disease, putting your life in danger. Doctors are supposed to be trusted professionals. When they fail to do their jobs, you may have a case of medical malpractice.

Contact:

Barry A. Knopf

Richard A. Schnoll

Cohn, Lifland, Pearlman, Herrmann and Knopf LLP