New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be hesitant to trust a professional of any kind. After all, the last time you put your life in the hands of a medical provider, you ended up with serious injuries or complications that caused you pain, decreased your ability to live your life, and racked up astronomical medical bills. Putting control of any aspect of your life in the hands of a stranger might feel like inviting even more troubles into your life, but that doesn’t have to be the case. At Console & Hollawell, we take medical malpractice cases seriously, because we know that the consequences are serious. The human body is intricate, and a single mistake, however small, can have devastating effects. That’s why we stand up for the rights of patients injured by careless doctors. Don’t let a medical error determine the course of your family’s life. Contact Console & Hollawell’s New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers today at (856) 778-5500.
Nothing can erase the medical error your physician made, but pursuing a medical malpractice claim at least allows you to hold the doctor legally responsible. Photo Credit: Corbis Images.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
Doctors have an obligation to provide what’s called a “standard of care.” They must make the appropriate medical decisions and provide patients with the most appropriate care possible. That means that all treatments and tests are considered to be suitable for the patient’s condition and that care is provided at an appropriate time. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical care provider neglects to provide this standard of care and a patient is harmed as a result. The harm that results from malpractice often causes long-term health problems. Sometimes these errors can cost a patient his or her life. Though relatively few physicians commit medical malpractice, medical errors are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Association for Justice.
Medical errors take many forms. Doctors may misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a serious condition, like cancer. Sometimes they choose an inappropriate treatment, to the detriment of the patient. Incorrectly administering treatment can be just as disastrous, whether from over prescribing potentially dangerous painkillers or mishandling medical equipment and depriving patients of oxygen. Doctors may make mistakes during surgery or delay the timing of necessary procedures. An unwanted outcome doesn’t necessarily mean that malpractice has occurred, but if you suspect medical malpractice, you should always act on it.
Statute of Limitations
Similar to other personal injury actions‚ a medical malpractice claim must be brought within two years from the date the cause of action accrued. This doesn’t necessarily mean the date the malpractice occurred‚ but instead from the date the person reasonably became aware that he or she had been injured. The statute of limitations is different for minors. If you believe that you or someone in your family has been injured or killed due to medical negligence‚ it makes sense to speak with a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney immediately.
Why You Need an Attorney
Medical malpractice claims are challenging cases. They are expensive to pursue, because they require the use of medical experts and long hours of investigation. You simply can’t handle this kind of claim yourself – you don’t have the experience or legal knowledge to do so, and you would have to spend a lot of your own money to involve medical experts.
What you can do is choose a law firm like Console & Hollawell, with a history of success in handling medical malpractice cases, to represent you. We strongly believe that obtaining justice is a right that every victim, not only those with excess financial resources, should have. When you hire our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers to handle your claim‚ you pay nothing out of pocket for the services offered – from the initial consultation to negotiating with insurance adjusters‚ from hiring medical experts to your day in court‚ if it comes to that. We collect only a percentage of what we win for you – and if we don’t win‚ you owe nothing. With our 97 percent success rate, you can feel confident that we have what it takes to get you the money you deserve. The consultation is free, so contact us today at (856) 778-5500.