As a patient, it is extremely important that you are aware of how a doctor, nurse, or any other medical professional is treating you at all times. Medical professionals are expected to adhere to the established standards of their profession when providing care, and if they do not, and you suffer harm as a result, you could take legal action. If a doctor, surgeon, or other practitioner acts in a negligent manner, either through an action he or she took or an action he or she failed to take, medical malpractice may have occurred and the victim may be able to pursue a lawsuit.
From failing to appropriately diagnose your condition to not providing you with the correct treatment in a timely manner, reckless actions from medical professionals can cause serious damage. Fortunately, victims may be able to secure compensation to help cover the costs associated with their unnecessary suffering.
When receiving treatment, make sure you notice how you are being treated and whether or not the doctor or nurse is doing everything possible to care for you. Some important things to know about medical malpractice cases include the following:
- Under the state of New Jersey statute of limitations, victims have two years from the date of the act, the date of the injury, or the date the injury was discovered to take legal action
- You may need expert witnesses in the form of other medical professionals to testify on your behalf
- Because these cases tend to be extremely difficult and lengthy, you will likely need a medical malpractice lawyer on your side to help you build a strong case
While a lawsuit cannot erase the harm that you have suffered as a victim of medical malpractice, it may help you recover the compensation you need to pay for the costs of your injury and other losses.
*Author’s Bio: Carlos is a seasoned legal blogger who is interested in a wide variety of law topics ranging from medical malpractice to criminal defense.