When someone suffers a horrible injury or medical condition because a surgeon botched a procedure, you would think it would be obvious why medical malpractice is being alleged. When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient with the wrong condition, you would think it is obvious why the doctor should be held liable for his or her decisions. And when a medical institution fails to follow regular protocol or medical standards, you would again think that the malpractice case would be obvious.
Before going to the hospital, residents of New Jersey will want to be aware of what medical errors are commonly made. Doctors can make these errors whether it's during a complex surgical procedure or a simple appointment. First, and perhaps the worst of them all, is when doctors operate on the wrong patient. This usually happens when there are name mix-ups and poor communication. Sometimes the wrong part of a person's body can be operated on.
There are four legs to a successful medical malpractice case:
If you were to visit your clinic for a splitting headache, your doctor might brush it off and send you home with aspirin. You might insist that you already tried over-the-counter medication. You may plead with your doctor, certain that something isn't right, but they refuse to take the time to properly examine your illness. Unfortunately, this situation could eventually lead to grave misdiagnosis.