Patients receiving medical care never expect to feel worse or become sicker after their medical treatment. Unfortunately, thousands of individuals each year experience a worsening of their medical condition as a result of the negligence of a medical provider during the course of their treatment.
When this occurs, the injured patient may be entitled to compensation from the negligent medical provider in the form of a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice can result in significant physical injuries, severe worsening of existing medical conditions and even death. With this in mind, anyone who has suffered harm due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital should consult with a New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer to discuss their case. An experienced attorney can assist in preparing those injured for what to expect and conduct an investigation on their behalf to strengthen the claim as much as possible.
Types of Medical Providers
Individuals undergoing medical treatment may be treated by numerous medical providers during the course of their illness or hospital stay. Each of these medical providers is under a separate duty of care to provide their medical services in a safe manner. The negligence of any of the following medical providers can result in a medical malpractice claim:
- Nurse practitioners
- Nurses, nursing staff, nursing aides
Common Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical malpractice typically involves the carelessness or recklessness of a medical provider. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice claims include inappropriate or inadequate medical treatment, improper prescription or administration of medication, surgical or operating room errors (including failure to remove foreign objects such as needles or sponges from inside a patient), failing to diagnose (or misdiagnosing) a medical condition, breach of patient-physician confidentiality (including unauthorized release of medical records), prenatal diagnostic testing errors, delay in medical diagnosis and failing to obtain informed consent from a patient.
Medical providers also may face criminal medical malpractice claims for battery under certain circumstances. This may occur when a medical professional performs a medical test or procedure without first obtaining the informed consent of the patient.
Types of Medical Malpractice Damages
Patients who suffer injury resulting from negligent medical treatment may be entitled to compensatory, non-economic and punitive damages. Compensatory damages may include the costs of past and future medical treatment and rehabilitation and lost wages.
Non-economic damages include awards for emotional distress and pain and suffering. In cases where the medical provider exhibited extreme recklessness, malicious intent or fraudulent behavior, punitive damages may also be awarded. Under New Jersey medical malpractice laws, there is a punitive damages “cap” or limit of $350,000 or five times the amount of compensatory damages awarded.
How a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help You
If you or your loved has suffered a serious bodily injury, including the worsening of an existing medical condition, after receiving medical treatment or consulting with a physician, you may be able to bring a medical malpractice claim against the negligent parties. New Jersey Medical malpractice lawsuits involve a large number of complex legal issues related to insurance, evidentiary standards, the statute of limitations (or the amount of time that a lawsuit must be filed in) and the use of medical experts.
Our dedicated medical malpractice attorneys understand the unique issues in medical malpractice claims. Our experienced litigators can handle all your medical malpractice legal needs from the initial investigation of the matter and identification of potentially responsible parties through the negotiations with insurance companies and trial preparation.
Grungo Colarulo is committed to aggressively representing our clients in order to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for New Jersey medical malpractice victims and their families.