New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical malpractice is the failure of a health care provider to treat and care for a patient with a reasonable degree of expertise and compassion. If a physician was careless, lacked proper skills, or disregarded standardized rules, a jury may find the health care provider negligent. If damages result from such negligence, monetary compensation may be awarded. Hospitals can be liable for the negligence of their employees, including staff nurses and technicians.
Other examples of Medical Malpractice include:
- Failing to diagnose a tumor while reading an x-ray
- Puncturing a nearby organ or tissue during surgery
- Failing to order necessary and appropriate medical tests
- Failing to diagnose a condition in time to treat it properly
- Failing to refer a case to a medical specialist
- Prescribing incorrect medication
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Birth Injury
- Incorrect diagnosis that results in a failure to treat a medical condition
- Failing to properly administer anesthesia
- Emergency room negligence
Medical Malpractice Attorney Approach (Why Us?)
Many attorneys refer medical malpractice cases to other lawyers, since they are extremely complicated and very expensive and time consuming. But at Raff & Raff, we are eager to confront these challenges head on.
One of the biggest challenge in a medical malpractice case is proving that the doctor, nurse, or hospital did something wrong in the first place. As the New Jersey Supreme Court has observed, people die in hospitals in the absence of any malpractice or other wrongdoing (for example, those who are admitted to the hospital and are badly injured or in critical condition due to a disease). Many times complications can arise even if a procedure is performed perfectly – medicine is not an exact science. This is why it is critical that a medical malpractice case is evaluated as soon as possible by an attorney in conjunction with a proper medical expert. In fact, the court will generally dismiss a medical malpractice case if the plaintiff’s expert fails to issue an Affidavit of Merit, which is basically a document that says that the doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care professional deviated from the acceptable standard of care that the medical community has established.
Another big challenge in a medical malpractice case is proving that the malpractice likely caused the patient’s damages. This is very different from other types of negligence case – like a car accident case – or an intentional tort case – like an assault – where there are less complicated questions about causation. Here, the plaintiff’s attorneys will need to be able to adequately explain complicated issues of medical science to a jury in ways that the jury can understand. And if the jury cannot understand how a doctor’s mistake make have caused a patient’s injuries, then the injured patient may lose their whole case.
Medical Malpractice Attorney Free Consultation
If you would like to know whether you have a case for medical malpractice, what kind of value your case may have, and what you can expect, you should contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our attorneys. WWe have been protecting the rights of people injured by doctors and other health care professionals since 1922, and we are very experienced with medical malpractice cases, especially in Passaic County, Bergen County, Essex County, Union County, and Hudson County, where our attorneys regularly appear in court and regularly interact with the lawyers for the insurance companies.
Remember, the insurance companies have teams of skilled attorneys who are aggressively representing their interests, and you should too.
Raff & Raff, LLP
Attorneys at Law
30 Church Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Tel: (973) 742-1917
Fax: (973) 742-2454