When we go to doctors, we expect them to do everything in their power to help diagnose our ailments, prescribe medicine to heal us, and perform surgeries if the circumstances require it. Doctors are held to a higher standard not only in life, but also under the law. Since doctors have the power to help save lives, any error they make must be looked at with intense scrutiny.
However, doctors are not held responsible for every single mistake they make. After all, doctors cannot be perfect. Nevertheless, they usually will be held liable under the law when those mistakes caused you to suffer an injury due to their own negligence.
How Do I Know if I Was a Victim?
Sometimes it will be very easy to tell if you were a victim of medical malpractice. In those cases, the situation is so beyond the pale that any reasonable person would know that the doctor or hospital staff member committed professional negligence.
Examples of this obvious type of medical malpractice would be operating on your right leg instead of your left leg or leaving a surgical instrument inside of you after a procedure. However, not every case will be as clear-cut as this, and you may not even know that you were a victim for quite sometime.
New Jersey law usually gives you two years to file a suit for malpractice, beginning from the time that you discovered, or should have discovered, the problem. In other words, if the procedure you went for was four years ago, but you just now discovered that the doctor was grossly negligent in carrying it out, do not worry. You can most likely still seek justice and monetary compensation.
What You Need to Know
Malpractice is often the result of hospital procedures not being followed, doctors or nurses cutting corners to save time, and the hiring of lower-skilled workers for a smaller wage in order to keep costs low. All of this has the potential to put a patient’s life at risk.
Moreover, as of late, hospitals have been having tremendous monetary setbacks. Consequently, some hospitals are not providing high-quality training to their staff members. This lack of training creates a multitude of scenarios where errors can be made.
Here are just a few kinds of errors that have been occurring more frequently during this difficult financial time:
- Emergency Room Neglect
- Labor Room Neglect
- Surgical Errors
- Operating Room Errors
- Failure to Monitor Serious Conditions
- Failure to Monitor Medication Dosages
- Failure to Properly Anesthetize Patients
- Communication Errors Between Doctors and Hospital Staff
- injured during colonoscopy
What Should You Do?
If you or a loved one recently suffered from an injury due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital staff member, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. Be sure to contact an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice attorney like Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm today. He can be reached or at 973-594-6552.