Physician malpractice revolves around cases where healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, fail to provide the expected standard of care, causing harm to patients. These instances of medical negligence can encompass a wide range of errors, from misdiagnoses and surgical mistakes to prescription errors and inadequate patient care. In such cases, the ability to seek legal redress through malpractice claims becomes crucial. 

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of a doctor’s negligence, contact an experienced physician malpractice attorney at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys can help you navigate these legally complex and emotionally daunting cases, ensuring you secure the compensation you or your loved one deserve. 

What Is Physician Malpractice?

Physician malpractice under New Jersey law refers to the legal concept where healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners, are held accountable for negligence or deviations from the standard of care expected in their field, leading to harm or injury to patients. This legal framework is critical in ensuring patient safety and protecting their rights when they experience substandard medical treatment.

Elements of a New Jersey Physician Malpractice Lawsuit 

Under New Jersey law, physician malpractice claims typically revolve around certain key elements, including:

  • Standard of care. Physicians must follow the generally accepted standard of care within the medical community for a specific procedure or treatment. If they depart from this standard, they could be deemed negligent.
  • Breach of standard. To establish a malpractice claim, the victim must demonstrate that the healthcare provider breached the standard of care, which means they failed to meet the expected level of competence or care.
  • Causation. Patients must prove that the breach of the standard of care directly caused their injury or harm.
  • Damages. Patients filing malpractice claims must demonstrate that they have experienced measurable harm, including physical injuries, emotional distress, medical expenses, or loss of income.

New Jersey law allows patients who believe they have been victims of physician malpractice to file lawsuits within a specified statute of limitations, typically two years from the date of the alleged malpractice or from the date they discovered or should have discovered the injury. 

Who Can I Sue for Physician Malpractice?

In New Jersey, patients who have been victims of physician malpractice can file lawsuits against various parties involved in their medical care. While the primary defendant is typically the attending physician, the following individuals and entities may be liable: 

  • Hospitals,
  • Nurses and staff,
  • Pharmacists,
  • Medical facilities, and 
  • Medical device manufacturers. 

Patients should seek guidance from an experienced attorney to identify the proper parties to file a lawsuit against in a physician malpractice case.

What Does a Physician Malpractice Attorney Do? 

Physician malpractice attorneys in New Jersey play a crucial role in advocating for victims of medical negligence, guiding them through the complex legal process, and seeking justice on their behalf. A physician malpractice attorney will do the following:

  • Case evaluation. The attorney begins by evaluating the case. They review medical records, consult with experts, and assess whether the healthcare provider breached the standard of care, leading to the patient’s injuries.
  • Expert witness selection. To build a strong case, the attorney selects qualified medical experts who can provide testimony to support the plaintiff's claims. These experts help establish the standard of care, the breach thereof, and the causal link between negligence and harm.
  • Legal strategy. Physician malpractice lawyers formulate a legal strategy tailored to the specific case. This involves determining the most effective approach to prove negligence, gathering evidence, and outlining a plan for pursuing compensation.
  • Negotiations. Attorneys often negotiate with the defendant’s legal team or insurance representatives to settle. They advocate for fair compensation that covers medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  • Trial representation. An attorney can represent the victim in court if necessary. They present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and argue the case before a judge and jury. 
  • Legal compliance. Physician malpractice attorneys must adhere to New Jersey’s legal procedures and deadlines, ensuring correct and prompt filing of all necessary documents.
  • Emotional support. Attorneys provide emotional support to clients during a challenging and distressing process, offering guidance and reassurance.
  • Advocating for accountability. Physician malpractice attorneys contribute to holding healthcare providers accountable for their actions, promoting patient safety, and helping prevent future instances of medical negligence.

In New Jersey, hiring a skilled physician malpractice lawyer is essential for those seeking compensation and justice after suffering harm due to medical negligence. 

Speak with an Experienced New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyer to Learn More

It’s essential to speak with an experienced New Jersey Medical malpractice attorney to review your options if you or a loved one recently suffered worsening injuries due to a healthcare provider’s negligence. At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we take great pride in giving each of our clients a voice and helping to connect them with the compensation they deserve. We also understand the challenges you face on the road to recovery and ensure we are never more than a phone call away to address your questions or concerns. 

Contact us to learn more and schedule a free consultation with a New Jersey medical negligence lawyer. You can also connect with one of our lawyers by completing our secure online contact form.