Being injured after seeking help for a medical condition is especially disheartening since patients consult their physicians and medical professionals to improve their health. When a patient’s health is damaged or deteriorates further due to the negligence of the health care provider, many patients do not know where to turn.
If you or a loved one have been injured or victimized in a health care setting or as the result of poor medical treatment, one of our Camden County medical malpractice lawyers can help you seek the compensation you may need to restore your condition as much as possible and to compensate you for the losses you have suffered.
What is Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice does not occur every time a doctor fails to improve a patient’s health condition. Rather, medical malpractice, in general, takes place when a health care professional’s conduct falls below what is considered the standard of care for the medical industry.
If your physician acted in a way that would be considered unreasonable by other medical experts within the industry, you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice.
Your medical malpractice attorney in Camden County can take a look at the facts in your situation and let you know whether medical negligence likely took place and whether pursuing a claim would be in your best interest.
Medical Malpractice Laws
Under New Jersey law, you must have suffered a so-called compensable injury in order to receive a damage award. If your doctor made a grievous error but you were not injured in any way, you will not likely have a valid claim under the state statute. Compensable injuries, however, can take many forms and need not necessarily be a physical injury.
Medical malpractice claims in New Jersey must typically be brought within two years unless the victim did not discover the malpractice injury right away, and the lack of immediate discovery was reasonable. When a statute of limitation will run is both a fact and time sensitive issue which a Camden County medical malpractice lawyer will be aware of. The legal time limitation on medical malpractice claims is one reason why it is so important that you contact your medical malpractice attorneys as soon as you discover the injury.
New Jersey caps punitive damages, which are meant to penalize the party responsible for malpractice, at $350,000, or five times the compensatory damages awarded, whichever is greater.
Common Types of Claims
Medical malpractice comes in many forms, and no list is exhaustive since any time a medical worker violates the standard of care required and an injury occurs, he or she may have committed medical malpractice. Some of the most common medical malpractice claims stem from:
- Missed or wrongful diagnoses,
- Failure to conduct adequate medical testing,
- Medication and pharmaceutical errors,
- Surgical mistakes,
- Anesthesia problems,
- Faulty medical devices and medical product liability,
- Dangerous or defective drugs,
- Substance abuse on the part of the medical practitioner,
- Sexual abuse,
- Wrongful death.
Consult an Experienced Attorney
Our firm’s experienced medical malpractice lawyers handle all types of medical malpractice claims in and around Camden County.
Regardless of what type of medical negligence you have suffered, we can help you pursue a damage award to reimburse you for suffering, pain, impairment, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, medical bills, lost wages, missed work, long-term care, and even punitive damages meant to punish the wrongdoing hospital or doctor and deter similarly harmful conduct in the future.