Jersey City Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice is when a health care provider falls short of the accepted standards of care when treating a patient, resulting in patient injury or death. No patient deserves substandard care from a doctor or medical professional. If you or a loved one was injured by medical malpractice, the Jersey City personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. can help you understand your legal rights. Request a free, no-obligation consultation today to learn more.
Why Choose Us
- You will receive a personalized legal strategy from your medical malpractice attorney. We custom-tailor our services for each unique case and client.
- We have over 90 years of combined experience handling medical malpractice cases. We know what these cases require and can overcome any challenge.
- Our attorneys will work for you on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no attorney’s fees to hire our team unless we win your medical malpractice case.
How Can a Jersey City Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help You?
Hiring a medical malpractice lawyer in Jersey City can make it easier to navigate the legal process while you focus on healing from a serious injury, illness or infection. Your lawyer will understand New Jersey’s medical malpractice laws and have the resources to go up against a powerful defendant, such as a hospital or its insurance provider.
An attorney can examine your case, find evidence of malpractice, identify the defendant(s), file the paperwork necessary to initiate a claim and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. Your lawyer will have connections to qualified medical experts who can testify about the proper medical standards and how the defendant fell short. Hiring an attorney increases your odds of winning your case while taking the legal burden off of you.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Every doctor and medical provider has a responsibility toward their patients. They must adhere to the required standards of care for the medical industry when treating patients, such as when making diagnoses and recommending treatment plans. If a medical practitioner knowingly fails to meet the required standards of care, it is medical malpractice. If the provider carelessly or unintentionally falls short of the standard of care, it is medical negligence. Both are torts that could result in a claim being brought against the doctor by the injured patient.
Do I Have a Case?
A medical malpractice claim is a type of civil lawsuit that is filed by an injured patient, known as the plaintiff, against the health care provider or hospital that caused the injury (the defendant). The purpose of a medical malpractice claim is to make the victim whole again by holding the at-fault party financially responsible for malpractice. Establishing a medical malpractice case in Jersey City requires clear and convincing evidence of four elements:
- A doctor-patient relationship: the plaintiff must have been the defendant’s patient at the time of the incident, not someone who was getting advice from a friend or acquaintance.
- A breach of the doctor’s duty of care: the medical provider must be guilty of a negligent act or omission that fell short of the duty or standard of care.
- Causation: a causal relationship between the plaintiff’s injuries and the defendant’s breach of duty must exist.
- Damages: the plaintiff must have suffered real and specific damages or losses because of the malpractice.
To find out if you have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey, contact an attorney from our law firm for a free case evaluation. We will listen to your story, ask questions about your experience at a hospital or health care center in Jersey City, and let you know if your case has merit.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Accept
Jeffrey S. Hasson and his team of attorneys have many years of experience handling complex medical malpractice cases in Jersey City and throughout New Jersey. We accept all of the following types of medical malpractice cases, among others:
- Medication error
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat
- Misinterpreted test results
- Lack of informed consent
- Surgical mistake
- Wrong-site or wrong-patient surgery
- Anesthesia error
- Emergency room error
- Birth injury
- Unsafe or unsanitary premises
- Failure to properly train employees
- Lack of follow-up care
Our lawyers can inform you of your rights and legal options after any type of incident involving a negligent doctor, nurse, surgeon or another medical provider. Then, we will design a personalized legal strategy for your specific type of case based on the circumstances.
New Jersey Medical Malpractice Laws
For a successful medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey, you or your attorney must know how to navigate all of the state’s related laws. These include:
- Statute of limitations – claimants in New Jersey only have two years to bring medical malpractice claims. Missing this deadline means giving up the right to seek financial compensation, in most cases.
- Affidavit of merit – after filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, within 60 days of the defendant filing a response, the plaintiff must send an affidavit of merit. This document is signed by an appropriate licensed medical professional that declares there is reasonable cause for the claim.
- Damage cap – in New Jersey, there is a cap (maximum) on punitive damages of $350,000 or five times the amount of compensatory damages, whichever is greater. Punitive damages are sometimes awarded to punish a defendant in addition to compensatory damages for the plaintiff.
Medical malpractice is a complicated and nuanced area of personal injury law. The best way to handle your case is by allowing an experienced attorney to take over for you.
Compensation Available for Medical Malpractice Victims in Jersey City
A successful medical malpractice lawsuit in Jersey City could reimburse you and your family for a variety of related losses. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Attorney’s fees
- Other out-of-pocket costs
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death damages
- Punitive damages
Ask our attorneys about the potential value of your case before accepting a settlement from an insurance provider.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Jersey City Today
Being a victim of medical malpractice is overwhelming, but you don’t have to handle the claims process on your own. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. can help you rebuild and recover. We are experienced and knowledgeable Jersey City medical malpractice lawyers who are dedicated to holding negligent medical providers accountable. –