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Common forms of medical malpractice in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can result in illness; injury; death; and in severe cases, jail time for the doctor that performed the procedure. Countless individuals have successfully sued their physicians after medical malpractice resulted in injury, disease or the death of a loved one.

The most common types of medical malpractice

One of the most infamous forms of medical malpractice is surgical errors. This can include leaving medical instruments inside the body, removing the wrong organ during a transplant, failing to use sterile equipment, performing a procedure on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong body part and causing additional trauma to the body.

Another common form of medical malpractice is prescribing the wrong medication. If a patient receives the wrong medication, he or she may experience severe side effects and worsening symptoms. This can even lead to death in more extreme cases.

Some physicians have been sued for ignoring their patients’ symptoms altogether. Men and women tend to present symptoms differently, but since men’s bodies are more commonly studied in medical school, women frequently receive delayed or incorrect diagnoses. Additionally, many physicians assume that their female patients have psychological problems instead of physical issues.

How to launch a medical malpractice case

If an individual suspects that he or she has been the victim of medical malpractice, that person may benefit from having a lawyer on his or her team. An attorney may handle a wide range of cases, including birth injuries, surgical errors, improper diagnosis, nursing home neglect and more. A lawyer may be able to represent a medical malpractice victim in court and present the strongest possible case to the judge. An attorney may also be able to help his or her client negotiate with the other party for a settlement that covers the cost of his or her medical bills.