Doctors and other healthcare professionals hold special places in society. Patients trust them to provide reliable care while treating illnesses and injuries. However, these professionals sometimes make mistakes and harm patients.
Speak with a Jersey City medical malpractice attorney if you were hurt by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional. You may be eligible for compensation due to the practitioner’s negligence or recklessness.
Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. is a leading personal injury firm in New Jersey. Our attorneys charge nothing to review your case, and you only have to pay us if we get money for you.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Healthcare providers and medical staff have a legal obligation to provide a standard level of care. Medical malpractice occurs when a professional deviates from this standard, resulting in injuries to a patient. Victims of medical malpractice can pursue legal action against these professionals to recover compensation due to substandard care.
Who Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice?
Determining who is liable for your injuries can be a challenge. Patients often see many professionals at once, and each can play a role in your harm. Your lawyer will identify the professional who directly caused your injuries.
In some cases, you will file a lawsuit against them individually. For example, doctors often work as independent contractors and bear responsibility for their actions.
In other cases, you might sue the worker’s employer. Hospitals and nursing homes are responsible for their employees’ actions. They are liable for any malpractice these workers commit.
Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice is a serious matter. Proving a claim takes verifiable evidence that links the professional’s conduct to your harm.
All medical malpractice claims must demonstrate these four elements:
- Duty of care. Healthcare workers must provide care that meets industry standards. You must show that you established a relationship as a patient, creating this duty.
- Breach of duty. You need evidence to show the professional failed to meet the standard of care expected in their field. This can include anything from misinterpreting your symptoms to operating on the wrong part of your body.
- Causation of injuries. The professional’s breach needs to be the cause of your injury. Proving this link can be difficult in some circumstances, especially if you have pre-existing conditions.
- Injuries or losses. You can file a claim if you have damages. These can include physical injuries or financial losses related to the malpractice.
Medical professionals will do their best to fight these claims. You won’t be eligible for compensation if they win just one of these elements. It’s best to work with a medical malpractice lawyer to build a strong claim that improves your chance of recovering compensation.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
Our firm represents clients who’ve experienced a range of injuries due to negligent and reckless conduct. Common medical malpractice cases include:
- Anesthesia mistakes,
- Birth injuries,
- Brain injuries,
- Failure to diagnose,
- Lack of informed consent,
- Medication errors,
- Surgical errors, and
- Wrongful death.
Don’t be discouraged if your situation isn’t listed above. Medical malpractice occurs in many ways. You may have a valid malpractice claim if you notice injuries, illnesses, or other harm after receiving treatment from a healthcare provider.
Compensation You Can Recover for Medical Malpractice
Victims in malpractice cases often suffer lifelong and severe harm. You can recover compensation for nearly all damages you experience due to the practitioner’s conduct.
We’ve helped clients recover damages for:
- Medical expenses. Victims often require immediate and long-term medical care due to their injuries. Medical expenses cover surgeries, prescriptions, rehabilitation, and more.
- Lost wages. An injury can cause you to miss work. You can seek financial assistance to compensate for any lost pay.
- Reduced earning capacity. Even minor medical malpractice cases can affect your motor skills and other abilities. If you need to change jobs, you can request compensation to cover the salary difference.
- Pain and suffering. Victims often experience physical and mental anguish due to their injuries. Financial relief can compensate you for enduring this suffering.
- Loss of consortium. An injury can cause physical, mental, and emotional changes. A loved one may be eligible for compensation if their relationship with you suffered due to these changes.
While rare, courts also award punitive damages in cases of egregious conduct. New Jersey caps these damages at $350,000.
Why Choose Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C.
You need a Jersey City medical malpractice attorney to help recover compensation. Few firms offer the same service, care, and dedication as Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C.
Medical Malpractice Experience
Our attorneys understand the sensitive and complex nature of these claims. We have decades of experience representing injured patients and know how to prove medical malpractice. Our firm can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with experts to support your claim. We can accurately value your claim to seek the most compensation possible.
Premier Legal Representation
Our attorneys will handle the entire legal process of your claim. We will use the law and evidence to hold healthcare providers accountable. These claims often result in settlement discussions, and our attorneys will use their negotiation skills to maximize the value of your claim. And if settlement isn’t possible, we won’t hesitate to take your claim to court.
Clients can rely on Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. to deliver unrivaled service. We have recovered millions of dollars for clients in medical malpractice claims. Our attorneys have also earned awards, like the Super Lawyers Rising Star distinction, for their professional achievements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our attorneys are happy to answer any questions you may have. Here are answers to some common questions we receive.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
New Jersey law requires you to file a claim within two years of the date of the injury. However, you may be able to file a lawsuit if you don’t discover the injury until after this deadline passes. This “discovery rule” has limits, so you should speak with a med-mal lawyer as soon as possible to maximize your chances of success.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim for a Loved One Who Passed Away Due to Medical Negligence?
Yes. Family members or legal representatives can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased individual. The provider may owe you compensation if their actions caused your loved one’s fatal injuries. Keep in mind these cases also have a two-year statute of limitation.
Can I Still File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit If I Signed a Consent Form?
Signing a consent form does not waive your right to pursue a medical malpractice claim. Consent forms outline the risks associated with a procedure but do not excuse negligence or malpractice. Despite signing a consent form, you may have a valid claim if your injury is due to substandard care.
Schedule a Free Consultation
The attorneys at Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. are here to help if you’ve been injured by a healthcare professional. We have over 20 years of experience representing medical malpractice victims and are ready to fight for you. Our firm will do our best to get you a fair and favorable outcome.Call our office today to schedule a consultation.