Were You Or A Loved One Harmed By A Medical Professional?
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When a doctor or any other medical professional fails to uphold an acceptable standard of care and causes harm to a patient, he or she commits medical malpractice. Medical injuries are now one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. After a medical injury, it’s important to understand what to expect from a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors, nurses, hospital staff and other medical professionals have a duty to provide treatment without causing harm to their patients. They accomplish this by using tested treatments and techniques approved by the medical community. If you or a loved one is the victim of malpractice, a qualified New Jersey medical malpractice attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, can help. We handle medical malpractice cases throughout every city and county, including:
- Jersey City
- Atlantic City
- Toms River
- Bergen County
- Middlesex County
- Essex County
- Hudson County
- Monmouth County
- Ocean County
- Union County
- Camden County
Call 800-726-6326 to schedule a free consultation. A knowledgeable attorney will review the specifics of your claim and let you know what kind of compensation is available to you.
What Is the Standard Of Care?
When it comes to treating specific ailments and medical conditions, the medical community reaches consensus concerning acceptable treatments based on all available research, data and treatment records to establish a standard of care for a given condition. A doctor must do everything possible to meet this standard of care and treat his or her patients using acceptable tools and techniques. If a doctor fails to meet an acceptable standard of care or uses a risky, unverified, or experimental treatment without a very compelling reason for doing so, the doctor risks harm to the patient and a subsequent medical malpractice claim. During the trial, the plaintiff’s New Jersey personal injury lawyer will likely call on expert witnesses from the medical community to testify as to whether the defendant’s actions were acceptable given the circumstances, whether the defendant met an acceptable standard of care for the given situation, and whether another similarly skilled, reasonable doctor in the same situation would have taken the same actions.
Types Of Medical Malpractice Claims
Many different situations can lead to medical malpractice claims, including:
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Doctors must use a process of elimination to accurately diagnose a patient in a timely manner. Some medical conditions have similar symptoms to other conditions, and doctors must account for this to deliver accurate diagnoses.
- Surgical errors. Surgeons sometimes unintentionally leave instruments inside of patients while others may cause injuries during surgeries due to a lack of experience, lack of skill or operating under the influence.
- Anesthesia errors. Doctors and anesthesiologists must carefully monitor patients given anesthesia to prevent dangerous drug interactions.
- Failure to warn. Patients have the right to make informed decisions about their health care, so medical professionals must carefully explain the potential risks and benefits of any suggested course of treatment.
- Hospital negligence. Some medical malpractice claims will focus on the hospital, clinic or office where a patient received treatment. Some things that may lead to hospital negligence claims include poor sanitation practices, inadequate staffing, poor staff training, and hospital employee misconduct.
If you or a loved one has experienced any of the aforementioned instances of medical malpractice, speak with a seasoned New Jersey medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Proving Medical Negligence
Success in a medical malpractice claim hinges on the plaintiff’s ability to prove several elements of medical negligence. First, the plaintiff must show the court that an official doctor-patient relationship existed between the plaintiff and defendant. Next, the plaintiff must show how the defendant was negligent and failed to meet an acceptable standard of care in the given situation. Finally, the plaintiff must prove that his or her damages were the result of the defendant’s negligence and not some other cause. The plaintiff may only sue if he or she suffered actual harm, measurable injury, or any other loss due to the defendant’s negligence.
How To File A Medical Malpractice Claim In New Jersey
Physicians owe a duty of care to every patient they treat. Violation of this duty of care may give rise to a viable medical malpractice claim. If you believe your health care provider committed medical malpractice, it is important to take proper steps, because the course of action you take could affect your eventual right to compensation for your injuries. It’s essential to know what constitutes a medical malpractice claim so you can effectively protect your case. Take these steps as soon as possible if you believe a health care provider committed professional negligence:
DISCUSS YOUR CASE WITH A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER
Medical malpractice, by its very nature, involves complex matters of law. Claims of professional negligence almost always require the assistance of an attorney. You will also put yourself in a better position to receive compensation from a claim. Contacting a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney is vital for several reasons:
- Statute of limitations. The state of New Jersey has a unique statute of limitations that applies to a medical malpractice claim. If you fail to file a claim within the deadline, you could lose your right to compensation. In some cases, the clock for medical malpractice begins on the date the professional negligence occurs; in others, it may not begin until the date in which you may have reasonably discovered the injury. In either case, it’s essential to protect your right to compensation by contacting an attorney as soon as possible.
- Strict procedure. Professional negligence claims such as medical malpractice may require certain pretrial motions and procedures. Failure to follow these requirements could lead to an outright dismissal of your case, even if a provider seems clearly liable for an injury.
- Attorneys are familiar with the negotiating tactics insurance companies use to intimidate victims of professional negligence into settling for less than what their claims are worth. Our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers will represent your rights and demand maximum compensation for your tangible and intangible losses.
- Medical malpractice attorneys use a professional network of contacts to gather evidence and eyewitness testimonies that bolster your case. These depositions are often key aspects of proving a provider violated a duty of care.
SECURE COPIES OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS
Request copies of all your medical records to protect your professional negligence claim. These will likely contain valuable evidence that can establish medical malpractice and can hold your provider accountable for his or her actions (or lack thereof).
Access to medical records falls under the purview of strict privacy and patient protection laws. You will have to sign a medical release to provide an attorney access to your medical records, which is a process that can take time. You can get a jump on this process by requesting the records as soon as you suspect medical malpractice.
Our firm offers a free initial consultation, which provides all prospective clients a review of their legal options. If possible, we suggest bringing your medical records to your appointment so we can get a better idea of your case and determine if you have viable grounds for a professional negligence claim.
CONTACT THE INSURANCE COMPANY OR HOSPITAL
Before filing a formal medical malpractice claim, you and your New Jersey medical malpractice attorney will most likely draft a demand letter, which goes directly to the party that committed malpractice. In many cases, this demand letter will spur action from the defendant, who may wish to settle the matter out of the court system. Negotiating directly with defendants and their insurance companies can be a preferable alternative to trial because it gets victims access to the compensation they need sooner.
How A New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
Matters of professional negligence require the experience and guidance of a lawyer. Medical malpractice claims generally involve high-damage amounts, given the high cost of health care in the United States. If you’ve experienced the ill effects of medical malpractice, you likely have extensive medical bills and suffer a decrease in your quality of life. Seeking commensurate compensation for these losses demands the experience of an attorney with knowledge of local medical malpractice law. Learn how a medical malpractice attorney in New Jersey can help you with your case.
WHY CHOOSE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY?
Not all attorneys have the relevant experience and knowledge required to settle or litigate claims pertaining to professional negligence. If you’re looking to gain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other losses, you need an attorney who specifically practices medical malpractice law within the state.
It can be helpful to compare your approach to choosing an attorney to that of selecting a medical specialist. Heart treatments, for example, require the care of a cardiologist, rather than a general practitioner. In the same way, seek out attorneys who specialize in the area of medical malpractice and professional negligence. Don’t hire an attorney who does not have specific experience; choose someone who is familiar with the processes inherent in these types of cases.
In addition to experience, hiring a New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer to represent your interests is important because:
- These cases involve complicated matters of medicine and law. A medical malpractice attorney is familiar with how the health care system works and has a network of professional contacts that can help establish the necessary components of professional negligence across a variety of specialties.
- An attorney with a demonstrated track record of success in other medical malpractice cases is more likely to garner respect from the defendant, which will cause insurance companies to take your claim more seriously.
- Medical malpractice attorneys can spend years developing relationships with other professionals who provide eyewitness testimony to aid in your case. These depositions often can make or break your medical malpractice claim by illustrating how a medical professional deviated from an established standard of care.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS WORK ON A CONTINGENCY FEE BASIS
Victims of medical malpractice generally encounter high medical bills and can often be sidelined from their ability to work. This results in mounting financial burden that can disable or discourage a victim from seeking professional representation. At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we believe everyone should have access to quality legal representation. That’s why we offer our medical malpractice services on a contingency-fee basis. In short, this means you will not owe any attorney’s fees while your case is pending. In fact, you won’t owe any fees at all unless we win a settlement or court judgment for your case.
Suing New Jersey Hospitals For Medical Malpractice
If you or somebody you love experienced medical malpractice at any of the following hospitals, get in touch with a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney to learn your legal options. These hospitals include, but are not limited to:
|ATLANTIC||AtlantiCare – City Division||1925 Pacific Av||Atlantic City||NJ||08401|
|ATLANTIC||AtlantiCare – Mainland Division||Jimmie Leeds Road||Pomona||NJ||08240|
|ATLANTIC||Shore Memorial Hospital||1 E New York Av||Somers Point||NJ||08244|
|ATLANTIC||AtlantiCare regional Medical Center – SED, Hammonton||219 N. White Horse Pike||Hammonton||NJ||08037|
|BERGEN||Bergen Regional Medical Center||230 E Ridgewood Av||Paramus||NJ||07652|
|BERGEN||Englewood Hospital & Medical Center||350 Engle St||Englewood||NJ||07631|
|BERGEN||Hackensack University Medical Center||30 Prospect Av||Hackensack||NJ||07601|
|BERGEN||Holy Name Hospital||718 Teaneck Rd||Teaneck||NJ||07666|
|BERGEN||HUMC at Pascack Valley, Westwood||250 Old Hook Rd||Westwood||NJ||07675|
|BERGEN||Valley Hospital||223 N Van Dien Av||Ridgewood||NJ||07450|
|BURLINGTON||Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County||218-A Sunset Rd||Willingboro||NJ||08046|
|BURLINGTON||Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County||175 Madison Av||Mt. Holly||NJ||08060|
|BURLINGTON||Virtua West Jersey Hospital Marlton||90 Brick Road||Marlton||NJ||08053|
|BURLINGTON||Lourdes Medical Center at Deborah||200 Trenton Rd||Browns Mills||NJ||08015|
|CAMDEN||Cooper University Hospital||1 Cooper Plaza||Camden||NJ||08103|
|CAMDEN||Kennedy Memorial Hospital – Cherry Hill||2201 Chapel Av West||Cherry Hill||NJ||08002|
|CAMDEN||Kennedy Memorial Hospital – Stratford||18 E Laurel Rd||Stratford||NJ||08084|
|CAMDEN||Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center||1600 Haddon Av||Camden||NJ||08103|
|CAMDEN||Virtua West Jersey Hospital Berlin (SED)||100 Townsend Av||Berlin||NJ||08009|
|CAMDEN||Virtua West Jersey Hospital Camden (SED)||1000 Atlantic Avenue||Camden||NJ||08104|
|CAMDEN||Virtua West Jersey Hospital Voorhees||200 Bowman Drive||Voorhees||NJ||08043|
|CAPE MAY||Cape Regional Medical Center||2 Stone Harbor Blvd||Cape May Court House||NJ||08210|
|CUMBERLAND||Inspira Medical Center, Vineland||1505 W Sherman Av||Vineland||NJ||08360|
|ESSEX||RWJ Barnabas Clara Maass Medical Center||1 Clara Maass Dr.||Belleville||NJ||07109|
|ESSEX||East Orange General Hospital||300 Central Av||East Orange||NJ||07018|
|ESSEX||HUMC – Mountainside, Montclair||1 Bay Av||Montclair||NJ||07042|
|ESSEX||RWJ Barnabas Health – Newark Beth Israel Med Center||201 Lyons Av||Newark||NJ||07112|
|ESSEX||RWJ Barnabas Health – St. Barnabas Medical Center||94 Old Short Hills Rd||Livingston||NJ||07039|
|ESSEX||Trinity Health – St. Michael’s Medical Center||268 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd||Newark||NJ||07102|
|ESSEX||UMDNJ – University Hospital||150 Bergen St||Newark||NJ||07103|
|ESSEX||Veterans Admin. Medical Center||385 Tremont Ave.||East Orange||NJ||07018|
|GLOUCESTER||Kennedy Memorial Hospital – Washington Twp.||435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road||Turnersville||NJ||08012|
|GLOUCESTER||Inspira Medical Center||509 N Broad St||Woodbury||NJ||08096|
|HUDSON||CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center||29 E 29th St||Bayonne||NJ||07002|
|HUDSON||CarePoint Health – Christ Hospital||176 Palisade Av||Jersey City||NJ||07306|
|HUDSON||CarePoint Health – Hoboken University Medical Center||308 Willow Ave.||Hoboken||NJ||07030|
|HUDSON||RWJ Barnabas Health – Jersey City Medical Center||50 Baldwin Av||Jersey City||NJ||07304|
|HUDSON||Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center||55 Meadowlands Parkway||Secaucus||NJ||07094|
|HUDSON||Hackensack University Health Network – HUMC – Palisades||7600 River Rd||North Bergen||NJ||07047|
|HUNTERDON||Hunterdon Medical Center||2100 Wescott Dr||Flemington||NJ||08822|
|MERCER||Capital Health – Capital Health Regional Medical Center||750 Brunswick Av||Trenton||NJ||08638|
|MERCER||Capital Health – Capital Health Medical Center Hopewell||1 Capital Way||Pennington||NJ||08534|
|MERCER||RWJ Barnabas Health – RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton||1 Hamilton Health Pl||Hamilton Square||NJ||08690|
|MERCER||Trinity Health – St. Francis Medical Center||601 Hamilton Av||Trenton||NJ||08629|
|MIDDLESEX||JFK Health – JFK Medical Center||65 James St||Edison||NJ||08820|
|MIDDLESEX||Meridian Health – Raritan Bay Medical Center||1 Hospital Plaza||Old Bridge||NJ||08857|
|MIDDLESEX||Meridian Health – Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy||530 New Brunswick Av||Perth Amboy||NJ||08861|
|MIDDLESEX||RWJ Barnabas Health – RWJ University Hospital||1 Robert Wood Johnson Place||New Brunswick||NJ||08901|
|MIDDLESEX||St. Peter’s Health Care System – SPU Hospital||254 Easton Av||New Brunswick||NJ||08901|
|MIDDLESEX||UMC of Princeton at Plainsboro||1 Plainsboro Rd||Plainsboro||NJ||08536|
|MONMOUTH||Meridian Health Bayshore Community Hospital||727 N Beers St||Holmdel||NJ||07733|
|MONMOUTH||CentraState Healthcare System||901 W Main St||Freehold||NJ||07728|
|MONMOUTH||Merdian Health – Jersey Shore University Medical Center||1945 State Route 33 West||Neptune||NJ||07753|
|MONMOUTH||Merdian Health – Monmouth Medical Center||300 2nd Av||Long Branch||NJ||07740|
|MONMOUTH||Merdian Health – Riverview Medical Center||1 Riverview Plaza||Red Bank||NJ||07701|
|MORRIS||Atlantic Health System – Chilton Medical Center||97 West Parkway||Pompton Plains||NJ||07444|
|MORRIS||Atlantic Health System – Morristown Medical Center||100 Madison Av||Morristown||NJ||07960|
|MORRIS||Saint Clare’s Health System – St. Clare’s Hospital||25 N Pocono Rd||Denville||NJ||07834|
|MORRIS||Saint Clare’s Health System – St. Clare’s Hospital||400 W Blackwell St||Dover||NJ||07801|
|OCEAN||RWJ Barnabas Health – Community Medical Center||99 State Route 37 West||Toms River||NJ||08755|
|OCEAN||RWJ Barnabas Health – Monmouth Medical Center South||600 River Av||Lakewood||NJ||08701|
|OCEAN||Meridian Health – Ocean Medical Center,||425 Jack Martin Blvd||Brick||NJ||08724|
|OCEAN||Meridian Health – Southern Ocean Medical Center||1140 West Bay Av||Manahawkin||NJ||08050|
|PASSAIC||St. Joseph’s Healthcare System – St. Josephs Regional MC||703 Main St||Paterson||NJ||07503|
|PASSAIC||St. Joseph’s Healthcare System – St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital||224 Hamburg Turnpike||Wayne||NJ||07470|
|PASSAIC||St. Mary’s General Hospital||350 Boulevard||Passaic||NJ||07055|
|SALEM||Inspira Health Network – Inspira Medical Center||2 W Front Street||Elmer||NJ||08318|
|SALEM||The Memorial Hospital of Salem County||310 Woodstown Rd||Salem||NJ||08079|
|SOMERSET||RWJ Barnabas Health – RWJ University Hospital Somerset||110 Rehill Av||Somerville||NJ||08876|
|SUSSEX||Atlantic Health System – Newton Medical Center||175 High St||Newton||NJ||07860|
|SUSSEX||Prime Healthcare – Saint Clare’s Health Center at Sussex||20 Walnut St||Sussex||NJ||07461|
|UNION||Atlantic Health System – Overlook Medical Center||99 Beauvoir Av||Summit||NJ||07901|
|UNION||RWJ Barnabas Health – RWJU Hospital at Rahway||865 Stone St||Rahway||NJ||07065|
|UNION||Trinitas Health – Trinitas Regional Medical Center||225 Williamson St||Elizabeth||NJ||07202|
|WARREN||Atlantic Health System – Hackettstown Medical Center||651 Willow Grove||Hackettstown||NJ||07840|
|WARREN||St. Luke’s Hospital – Warren Campus||185 Roseberry Street||Phillipsburg||NJ||08865|
Consult A Skilled New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Plaintiffs in medical malpractice claims can secure compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income following an incident of malpractice. Plaintiffs may also secure survivor benefits after losing a loved one to medical malpractice. At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, our New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience and have helped past clients secure millions in damages for their civil claims, including medical malpractice claims. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation about your medical malpractice claim in New Jersey, and we can let you know how our firm can help.