Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey
When you seek medical advice from a healthcare provider, or when you visit your doctor or surgeon for treatment, you should be able to anticipate that you will not suffer an injury as a result of your doctor’s negligence.
However, medical negligence occurs more often than you might expect, and patients often suffer avoidable injuries.
According to a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., and nearly all of these mistakes are avoidable.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries as a result of a healthcare provider’s negligence, you should speak with our team of New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers to learn more about filing a medical negligence claim. You may be eligible to receive compensation.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice in NJ
The medical malpractice lawyers at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble regularly assist clients with many types of medical malpractice claims, such as:
- Diagnostic errors;
- Surgical errors;
- Medication errors;
- Birth injuries; and
- Laboratory errors.
Examples of more specific forms of medical malpractice that fit into these categories include but are not limited to the following:
- Misdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis claims, where the healthcare provider misdiagnoses an illness or disease, resulting in delayed treatment for the actual disease;
- Delayed diagnosis claims, where the healthcare provider fails to provide the proper diagnosis in a timely manner and the plaintiff’s condition worsens as a result;
- Wrong-site surgery, where a surgeon performs surgery on the wrong part of the body;
- Wrong-patient surgery, where a surgeon performs a particular surgery on the wrong patient;
- Retained foreign object mistake, or a situation where a surgeon leaves an object inside a patient during surgery, such as a towel or a sponge;
- Unnecessary treatment, where a healthcare provider recommends and performs an unnecessary treatment or surgery;
- Doctor prescribes the wrong medication;
- Doctor prescribes the wrong amount of a medication;
- Doctor prescribes medication that has harmful interaction with another medication that the patient currently uses, which the doctor should have known about based on the patient’s medical records;
- Pharmacist incorrectly fills prescription;
- Doctor fails to detect and treat a maternal infection during pregnancy, resulting in an injury to the infant;
- Failure to properly perform a C-section during birth;
- Doctor fails to properly use childbirth tools, resulting in brachial plexus injuries;
- Lab tech performs the wrong diagnostic test on a sample, resulting in an improper diagnosis; and/or
- Laboratory tools are defective and result in incorrect lab test results.
Who Is Liable for Medical Malpractice?
Many different parties can be responsible for medical malpractice injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Hospital staff members;
- Designer or manufacturer of medical equipment;
- Lab tech; and
Types of Damages in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When you bring a medical malpractice claim, you may be eligible to receive to different forms of compensatory damages, which compensate a plaintiff for losses. Those types of compensatory damages include:
- Economic damages: direct financial losses, which may include hospital bills and lost wages; and
- Non-economic damages: losses that do not have an objective dollar amount but instead are subjective based on the plaintiff’s own experience, which may include pain and suffering or the loss of enjoyment of life.
While punitive damages (N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2A:15-5.12) are rare in most personal injury claims in New Jersey, the law does allow for punitive damages in certain circumstances. While compensatory damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff, punitive damages are designed to punish a defendant in a particularly harmful case. According to the statute, “punitive damages may be awarded to the plaintiff only if the plaintiff proves, by clear and convincing evidence, that the harm suffered was the result of the defendant’s acts or omissions, and such acts or omissions were actuated by actual malice or accompanied by a wanton and willful disregard of persons who foreseeably might be harmed by those acts or omissions.”
In other words, punitive damages are only appropriate in cases where the healthcare provider’s behavior caused severe injuries, and the healthcare provider’s behavior was particularly reckless or egregiously careless.
Record of Success in Medical Malpractice Claims in NJ
The team of attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble has a record of success when it comes to obtaining settlements and verdicts for medical negligence injuries. The following are some examples of our recent settlements and verdicts (Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.):
- $28,000,000 wrongful birth verdict when a healthcare provider failed to disclose a catastrophic genetic defect in an infant (the largest wrongful birth verdict in New Jersey);
- $15,000,000 settlement for failure to perform
a necessaryheart surgery, an omission that resulted in cerebral palsy;
- $7,000,000 verdict for failure to perform appropriate diagnostic testing;
- $7,000,000 settlement for a delayed C-section, resulting in brain injury and cerebral palsy;
- $5,150,000 verdict for failure to treat a nosebleed, which resulted in a stroke; and
- $5,000,000 settlement for failure to detect or diagnose seizures, resulting in a patient’s brain damage.
How Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help?
A medical malpractice lawyer can help you to get the compensation you deserve. The following are testimonials from some of our medical malpractice clients that speak to the services we provide:
“It turned out my chin was full of cancer. Removing it was a very complicated and painful process. I had to undergo 10 surgeries over 4 years and will suffer from health problems related to the cancer for the rest of my life. I decided to seek legal counsel and a friend recommended O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. After a first meeting they immediately filed a lawsuit. I was instantly impressed with the firm . . . . We won our case, and the award handed down was the largest medical malpractice award in Union County up to that time.”William A., who suffered from undiagnosed basal cell carcinoma
“Scott Parsons told me up front that it was going to be a hard case to prove. But the research the firm did was phenomenal. They lined up such credible expert witnesses, and even went to Georgia to tape the testimony of one expert. They were just so thorough and efficient . . . . [They] won the case for us, which settled out of court.”Andrea K., whose husband suffered an arterial injury caused by a negligent chiropractor
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Despite our client’s 19 visits to the doctor between 2000 and 2003, the doctor failed to diagnose his skin cancer in a timely manner. This led to the disfigurement of the plaintiff’s chin, which required extensive skin grafting. (Attorney Paul O’Connor handled the case.)
A neonatologist and nurse failed to provide a blood transfusion to a newborn. This resulted in the baby’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy. (Attorney Scott Parsons was co-counsel for the case.)
Contact a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyer
You should not have to pay the price for a healthcare provider’s mistake. An aggressive New Jersey medical malpractice attorney can assist you with your claim. Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss your options for seeking compensation.