Medical malpractice occurs on a daily basis throughout the United States, sometimes with disastrous results. In many cases, innocent victims who were simply seeking medical attention for an illness or injury end up in worse shape than they were when they went in for help.
Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence that occurs when a medical provider fails to conduct himself or herself with the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a member of the profession. Fortunately for victims, New Jersey law allows people injured by medical malpractice to recover for their injuries, so anyone who believes that they have been hurt by medical malpractice should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can take a variety of forms. Some of the more common are detailed below.
Failure to Diagnose – Failure to diagnose cases can occur in a number of ways, including when a physician fails to order tests or simply overlooks a diagnosis that they would normally follow based on a patient’s symptoms. In cases where a doctor misses a diagnosis, a patient can fail to start treatment in a timely manner and suffer injury as a result.
Medication Errors – Medication errors are an extremely dangerous form of medical malpractice. They can involve giving a patient the wrong dosage of medication, two or more medications that should not be taken together, or even the wrong medication entirely. In the most innocuous cases, victims of medication errors will fail to receive appropriate treatment – in more serious cases, they can have adverse reactions or even take toxic dosages of dangerous medications.
Mistakes during the Birthing Process
Birth injuries are a common result of medical negligence during pregnancy or labor. Specific examples of medical malpractice that can cause birth injuries include the following:
- Misuse of medical equipment like forceps of vacuums
- Failure to diagnose a condition in the mother or newborn
- Failure to recognize fetal distress
- Failure to take emergency action when necessary
Call a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorney Today for More Information
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a medical professional, you should contact an attorney immediately. To schedule a consultation with one of the medical malpractice attorneys of Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, P.C., call our office today at 732-422-1000 or send us an email through our online contact form.